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The Wilderness Life

2004
Author:

Calvin Rutstrum
Illustrations by Les C. Kouba

The Wilderness Life

An inspiring guide for true wilderness living—now back in print!

Calvin Rutstrum describes the wilderness life and details what one can expect from the wild—inspiration from exploring, pleasure from encountering natural settings, satisfaction after gaining experience, and mental stimulation from observation and problem solving. Rutstrum reveals many adventures, including his first trek into the Canadian wilderness and a journey by dogsled to bring out a human body.

This is part ‘how-to’ manual, encouraging all to seek inspiration in wilderness experiences, and part preaching to the choir about the pleasures and benefits of wilderness experience. Whichever camp you are in, I’m sure you will enjoy and learn from this book.

Wildlife Activist

In his most personal book, outdoors expert Calvin Rutstrum makes an appeal for a more natural approach to life, one in which wilderness values predominate, and weaves that philosophy with narratives of a lifetime of experience and adventure.

Using his vast knowledge of campcraft, Rutstrum describes the wilderness life and details what one can expect from the wild—inspiration from exploring, pleasure from encountering natural settings, satisfaction after gaining experience, and mental stimulation from observation and problem solving. In the process he reveals many adventures, including his first trek into the deep Canadian wilderness, a journey by dogsled to bring out a human body, and a rescue mission to save two lost, inexperienced campers. Always respectful of nature and the skills of his Native American neighbors, Rutstrum argues for a modern esteem for true wilderness and explains what one can do with “all of that leisure time.”


The Wilderness Life

Calvin Rutstrum (1895–1982) was one of the best-known outdoorsmen of his generation and the author of many books, including The Wilderness Route Finder, Paradise Below Zero, Once upon a Wilderness, The New Way of the Wilderness, and North American Canoe Country, all published by the University of Minnesota Press.

The Wilderness Life

This is part ‘how-to’ manual, encouraging all to seek inspiration in wilderness experiences, and part preaching to the choir about the pleasures and benefits of wilderness experience. Whichever camp you are in, I’m sure you will enjoy and learn from this book.

Wildlife Activist

A must read for any northwoods traveler.

Silent Sports

The Wilderness Life

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