By Matthew De Abaitua
May possibly there be otherwise of existence? am i able to live to tell the tale with much less stuff? may still I run for the hills? those are all solid questions that folks have requested prior to, all through historical past, and that have encouraged humans to establish camp. yet now tenting is a part of the force for self-sufficiency, a response opposed to mass tourism, an opportunity to connect to the land, to event a neighborhood, to go away no hint ...From packing to pitching, with hikes into the deep historical past of the topic and encounters with the nice campers and tenting routine of the previous, it is a witty and philosophical mixture of 'how to', heritage and private anecdotes - a needs to for each camper.
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