Books & Films

The Dawn of Ultralight:

As you can see this pamphlet dates back to 1924 which gives some idea of how long people have been grappling with the idea of lightening their load on the trail: The Whelen Forester Tents I talked about here and here date from about the same time. I must come back to that design (like so …

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The Wood for the Trees:

A Long View of Nature from a Small Wood: This looks like such an enchanting book:  Reviews here: &

Tim Severin – What a Guy!

WHAT a guy! Not many in modern times (save perhaps Thor Heyerdahl: have adventured like this chap, eg: The Brendan Voyage (1976–1977), The Sindbad Voyage (1980–1981), The Jason Voyage (1984), The Ulysses Voyage (1985), The China Voyage (May–November 1993), In Search of Moby Dick: Quest for the White Whale (1999):

Kon Tiki: Thor Heyerdahl

What an adventure it was: drifting across the entire Pacific Ocean to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft . The doco Thor made won the Academy Award. The book was translated into 70 languages and sold 50 million copies. If you haven’t read it, you should, and its successors, and fellow adventurer Bengt …

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The Far Horizons 1955

THRILLING TALES #4: ‘The Far Horizons’ 1955 is a retelling of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition of 1804-6. Boy those old guys (I was minded of ‘our’ Bass & Flinders for comparison) could really travel the country. Get your copy here: :

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