Book Review - Safe in the Woods
“SAFE IN THE WOODS” IS A GOOD
I’ve had several employment
opportunities over the years, but turned them all down, for various reasons.
Among those was the personal attachment to the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes area.
It is simply a great place to live and raise kids in the outdoors.
In case you hadn’t noticed,
hunting, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities abound hereabouts.
Not everyone interested in those
pastimes had the good fortune to grow up in them, however. Many residents and
visitors are relatively new to the outdoors, and don’t mind a little
instruction and reference before they embark.
I ran across a remarkably helpful
reference guide recently, “Safe in the Woods: Tips, Techniques and Advice for
Safety and Survival,” co-written by Roger Fulton of Cortland and Mike Carpenter
of Glens Falls.
This era of self-publishing
brings us books in myriad forms, but “Safe in the Woods” is printed in a unique
– in my experience – format. It’s essentially a spiral bound 100-page (fully
illustrated) notebook. One might call it “pocket-sized” but only for large
Fulton, a retired New York State
Police captain, spends winters in Florida and the rest of the year outdoors in
New York and elsewhere. Carpenter, a professor at Adirondack Community College,
is a fellow veteran hiker/outdoorsman. Together they have published 26 outdoors
guides, all available through www.CommonManBooks.com or www.RogerFulton.com.
Safe in the Woods is their latest
and basically outlines and explains virtually everything you need to know and
consider before walking away from civilization, and what to watch for, how to
handle and enjoy while you are away.
Planning; assessing and heeding
your limitations; how to use a compass and GPS are covered. What to carry, how
to dress, trail markings and trail etiquette and hazards are outlined in
detail. It points out what to do when you lose the trail, are lost, or are
Really Lost! There are about 30 full-color photos in the 100 pages and almost
200 tips and anecdotes.
The format, and content make this
one an excellent candidate as a Christmas stocking stuffer.