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Book Collections on Outdoor Recreation
About 950 free books. Some book titles: Woodland Adventure Handbook; Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide; 100 Family Adventures.
About 1,600 free books. Some book titles: Countryside Book; Up for the Challenge?; 52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver.
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About 170 free books. Some book titles: Pacific Northwest Camping; Woodall’s Campground Guide; North Carolina Beaches.
About 1,000 free books. Some book titles: Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area; Hiking Ozarks; Best Bike Rides Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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About 2,400 free books. Some book titles: Complete Guide to African Safaris; Ellis Island; Color Companion to Walt Disney World.
About 21,700 free books. Some book titles: Bletchley Park Souvenir Guidebook; Cliff Dwellings: a Hidden World; Blue Ridge Parkway road trip.
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About 900 free books. Some book titles: Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges; Yosemite National Park; Secrets of the National Parks: the Experts’ Guide to the Best Experiences.
About 1,180 free books. Some book titles: Glacier National Park; Frommer’s easyguide to national parks of the American West; What are the seven natural wonders of the United States?.
About 1,000 free books. Some book titles: Camping with Kids in the West: BC and Alberta’s Best Campgrounds; Let’s Take the Kids to London; A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness.
About 1,040 free books. Some book titles: Family guide France; 500 All-American Family Adventures; Kids Love Wisconsin.
About 100 free books. Some book titles: Get Outside Guide; Learning Outdoors; It’s a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.
About 110 free books. Some book titles: Get Your Kids Hiking; Outdoor parents, outdoor kids; Snow play.
About 300 rock climbing books free online from the Internet Archive online. Some books: Rock Climbing, Sport Climbing, Bouldering and Outcrop Climbing, Performance Rock Climbing book, Climbing Anchors, The Rock Climber’s Manual free online, The Complete Rock Climber online free, Tools Training and Techniques for Climbers, Mountaineering eBooks, Rock climbing illustrations, Rock & Wall Climbing book online, How to Rock Climb book online, Learning to Rock Climb, The Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra, many more.
About 1,000 mountaineering ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Near Death in the Mountains online, Mt. McKinley Climber’s Handbook, Mountain Journeys online, The Climber’s Sourcebook free online, The Epics of Everest, Mountaineering in Scotland, The Day the Rope Broke, The Basic Essentials of Mountaineering, Rock Climbing illustrations, Peak, The Climb, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, Touching the Void, Eiger Dreams, Ultmate High, Reinhold Messner Crystal Horizon, The White Spider, Mountains of the Mind, Mountaineers Anthology Series, many more. Download any book for free, digital ebook, Mountaineering eBooks free online, Jon Krakauer Mount Everest.
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About 500 bird watching books online free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Birder’s Sourcebook, Outfitting & Source Book for Bird Watching, The Pleasures of Watching Birds online, The Literature of Birdwatching, The Life of the Skies, Getting Started in Bird Watching online free, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the Eastern U.S. online free, Companion and Guide for Birdwatchers online, Indiana Birds and their Haunts, Bird Life in Ireland, many more. Birdwatching eBooks free.
About 420 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Outdoor Life. Some books: It’s a Wise Woodsman Who Knows What’s Biting Him, Guide to Camping and Family Fun Outdoors, The New Way of the Wilderness, The Key to Camplife, Book of the Outdoors online free, Camping and Woodcraft online free, On the Loose, Outdoor Sports Illustrations online free, Recreation illustrations, An Explorer’s Handbook online, The Wilderness Life book online, Camping illustrations, Confessions of an Outdoor Maladroit, Guide to Outdoor Careers book online, Outdoor Life: 100 years in Pictures, many more.
About 400 fly fishing ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Western Fly Fishing Guide, The Well-Tempered Angler, Simplified Fly Fishing, World’s Greatest Flyfishing Locations, Fly-Fisherman’s Primer, Fly-Fishing Handbooks, The Masters on the Dry Fly, Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing free online, Fly-Fishing Equipment and Skills, Tips & Tricks of Fly Fishing book online, Becoming a Fly Fisher online book, The Fly Fishing Anthology, many more.
About 1,600 walking books online free from the Internet Archive. This includes many travel books. Some books: West of Ireland Walks free online, Walking London book online, You Can Walk to Fitness, The Magic of Walking free online, The Walker’s Companion online, On Foot: guided walks in England free online book, France and the U.S., How to Walk Your Way to Better Health and Fitness, Walking Trails in Southern Wisconsin free online, The Joy of Walking free online, hiking illustrations, Walking Fast, The Walker’s Journal free online, The Wonderful World of Walking, many more.
About 1,500 hiking ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Pacific Northwest Hiking, 50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley, The Boy’s Book of Hiking free online, Hiking in Hawaii free online, 100 Southern California Hiking Trails, The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual online, Hiking and Exploring book online, Hiking: the ultimate natural prescription for health and wellness, Illustrated Backpacking and Hiking Dictionary for Young People, Day Hiker: walking for fitness fun and adventure, hiking illustrations, Winter Camping, Hiking Companion, Hiking the USA: a sourcebook for maps guidebooks and inspiration, many more.
About 360 free readable ebooks at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Backpacking”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Backpacker’s Handbook, Beginning Backpacking, Backpackers’ Sourcebook: a book of lists, Backpacking Basics, Pleasure Packing for the ’80s, Backpacking with Small Children, Backpacking: a complete guide, Backpacking: essential skills to advanced, Backpacking illustrations, Backpacking for Fun, The Ultralight Backpacker, Backpacking Primer, many more.
About 470 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Canoeing. Some books: Canoeing, Portage into the Past, Guide to Wilderness Canoeing, The Basic Essentials of Canoeing, Canoeing for Beginners, Open Boat Canoeing, Canoes and Canoeing, Complete Guide to Canoeing, paddle sports illustrations, canoing illustrations, A Guide to Paddle Adventure, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe, Learn How to Canoe in a Day, Paddling Cape Cod, many more.
This research guide from the librarians at Northwestern University Transportation Library has links to a variety of resources related to bicycling today and bicycling history.
Suggested Books on Outdoor Recreation
CORE BOOKS – Outdoor Recreation
Danks, Fiona and Schofield, Jo
Frances Lincoln 2009
Go Wild! is the perfect book for families with children ages 10 to 14 wanting to get in touch with the natural world. The authors describe a range of wild and fun adventures for families to share. Readers learn potentially life-saving skills that give them confidence, independence, and a sense of environmental awareness. Topics include building shelter, building a fire, foraging for food, cooking outdoors, tools and weapons, bushcraft skills, water and keeping clean, and safety.
The Sierra Club Family Outdoors Guide: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Bicycling, Water Sports, and Winter Activities with Children
Sierra Club 1995
Provides practical information for introducing children to wilderness adventures, suggests nature activities, and discusses child’s gear and special equipment.
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Editors of Sunset
Plan your next adventure with this complete guide to exploring nature, campfire cooking, and sleeping under the stars. The experts at Sunset draw on more than a century of outdoor experience to create a guide that leaves no stone unturned. Easy to navigate and chock full of clear how-to’s, handy checklists, lush photographs, and a nifty pull-out glow-in-the-dark constellation map, Camp Sunset offers something for everyone.
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Sparano, Vin T.
St. Martin’s 1998
Recipient of the Library Association’s Outstanding Reference Work Award, this complete and comprehensive guide is the ultimate one-volume library for anyone interested in the outdoors. This monumental work features extensive coverage of: Fishing * Hunting * Firearms and shooting sports * Camping * Boating * First Aid * Archery and bowhunting * Sporting dogs * Fish species * Big game * Small game * Upland game and waterfowl * A complete listing of private organizations * Government information sources.
Stienstra, Tom and Schlueter, Robyn
Live Oak 1997
You’ll find fifty different outdoor opportunities explored in Sunshine Jobs – covering what jobs are available, how much they pay, training and education requirements, the pros and cons of each job and strategies for getting the job you want. Best of all, there are first-person interviews with 100 real people who work at these jobs, speaking frankly and spontaneously about what’s really involved on a day-by-day basis.
Vintage Books on Outdoor Recreation
VINTAGE BOOKS – Outdoor Recreation
Camp, Samuel Granger
“Systematic handbook picturing and describing the outfit of a fresh-water angler. Devotes most space to fly-fishing equipment, but also discusses tackle for catching lake-trout, bass, muskellunge, etc.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
The Boy’s Own Book; a Complete Encyclopedia of all the Diversions, Athletic, Scientific and Recreative, of Boyhood and Youth
Munroe and Francis 1834
Chapter headings are: – Games with marbles, – Games with Toys, – Games with Balls, – Sports of Agility and Speed, – Sports with Toys, – Miscellaneous Sports, – Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, – Archery, – Cricket, – Gymnastics, – Swimming, – Arithmetical Amusements, – Optical Amusements, – Chemical Amusements, – Draughts, or Checkers, – Feats of Legerdemain, – Tricks with Cards, – Paradoxes and Puzzles, – Varieties, – The Riddles, – Angling, – Rabbits, – Guinea Pigs, – Pigeons, – Fencing.
Curtis, Henry Stoddard
A practical handbook for all those interested in the problem of recreation in the rural community. Suggests plays and games for home and school; describes the organization of the Boy scouts and Campfire girls; and gives ideas and methods of organizing social centers. Written by one who has expert knowledge and practical training.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Fordyce, Claude Powell
A book covering the whole field of outfit and methods for trips of varying lengths and conditions. It is assumed that the walker will carry equipment.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Holder, Charles Frederick
“Dramatic account of fishing adventures in the streams of the Cascades and high Sierras and in the deep seas of the Pacific, by a veteran sportsman and thorough scientist.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
“Genial and well tested advice on equipment, cookery, treatment of injuries, etc., for those who camp or travel in the wilderness.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
Long, John Cuthbert and Long, J. D.
This is a complete tabulated list of camping sites, with accommodations afforded, arranged by states. The suggestions as to routes with alphabetical list of highways add to the value of this guide-book for the motor camper. It contains practical, conveniently arranged information on equipment, camps, food and camp health. State rules and regulations for hunting and fishing are included.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Seton, Ernest Thompson
eBook of Camping and woodcraft.
Staley, Seward Charles
An exhaustive collection of recreational activities for groups, with instructions for playing, including many used in foreign countries, arranged according to grade through college. All are athletic but do not include organized games such as baseball. Relay races, combative contests, mass and individual, are treated separately. Some illustrations and diagrams.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Van Dyke, John Charles
What the author calls “my own trail in the open.” The lover of outdoor life will follow him gladly down the years, beginning back in his boyhood, when he was taken to Minnesota, and will share his pleasure in sleeping out, riding in the open, the cattle ranges, desert journeys, forest and mountain trails crowded with incidents of wild life and beauty. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
“Enthusiastic account of a trip made early in 1910 from Arizona to Montana through the big game country, for the purpose of observing the big game preserves and the conditions of game in general.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
“Not only is he the sacer vates of a considerable sect in the religion of recreation, but multitudes who have never put a worm on a hook—even on a fly-hook—have been caught and securely held by his gentle craft and his leisure transcript of his own simple, peaceable, lovable and amusing character. The Compleat Angler was published in 1653, but Walton continued to add to its completeness in his leisurely way for a quarter of a century.”- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
White, Stewart Edward
“Summary of results of author’s out-of-door experiences in the form of explicit advice to woodsmen and amateur campers. Gives addresses of outfitting firms and manufacturers of supplies.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.