Recommended Reading

The club has several books and magazines available from our own library. For more information about the library, please email us

Listed below are some other good books and magazines recommended by club members.

  • Survive! by Les Stroud
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Camping with Style by Cliff Jacobson
  • Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook by Jeff Isaac
  • Lip Smackin’ Backpackin’ by Tim and Christine Conners
  • The Happy Camper by Kevin Callan
  • Ontario’s Lost Canoe Routes by Kevin Callan
  • Isle Royale National Park by Jim DuFresne
  • The Complete Wilderness Training Book by Hugh McManners
  • Boundary Waters Journal (Quarterly Magazine)

…submitted by Bob Hart

  • Falcon Guide’s Hiking Indiana by Phil Bloom
  • Lip Smackin’ Backpackin’ by Tim and Christine Conners
  • Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales

…submitted by Alex Moon

The Complete Walker IV by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins

This is the fourth update of Fletcher’s 1968 original. This manual is considered the backpacker’s bible and has sold more than 400,000 copies in its previous incarnations. In addition to information on hiking, this also includes tips on wildlife, tents and paraphernalia, outdoor cooking, clothing, etc.. It’s also the single best source of information about camping & hiking gear (philosophically and materially). This is the camping & hiking book against which all others are measured.

The Backpacker’s Handbook, 2nd Edition by Chris Townsend, 1996

This is a perfect book for anyone getting interested in backpacking and doesn’t have a lot of experience. Townshend goes over every aspect of backpacking that you need to know including shoes, socks, innerwear, outerwear, accessories, backpacks, food, safety, sleeping bags, tents and the list goes on. He tells you the correct way to pack your back pack, what to bring depending on the season and the length of the trip, the different types of ways of cooking food on a trip, the inner working of a hiking boot and it just doesn’t stop. When it comes to brands and specific models of products he names names and tells you what works and what doesn’t work.

Bringing Progress to Paradise, by Jeff Rasley, 2010

From the author: “Four reasons you should read my book:

      1. Exciting adventures;
      2. Titillating trekker gossip; 
      3. Proceeds will help fund the Basa Village Project; and 
      4. It will challenge your assumptions about philanthropy to the Third World.”

A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson, 1999

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. For a start there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz’s overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is a modern classic of travel literature.

Flora of Indiana by Charles C. Deam, 2002

Published in 1940, with reprintings in 1970 and 1984, the Flora has served as the standard by which other state floras must be compared. Now over 60 years old, it has clearly withstood the test of time, and continues to be a primary source of information for any serious student of field botany. Deam insisted upon the highest standards for his work, and strove to make the Flora as accurate as possible. That was clearly the policy when considering a species for inclusion in the book; it was his rule that every species included must be vouched for by at least one collected specimen. He examined over 84,000 specimens in preparation for the book, and from these he prepared keys, species accounts, and range maps showing species’ occurrence by county. Although these maps reflect the knowledge only as it existed in 1940, they continue to be useful today in determining a species’ general range in the state. This is especially helpful for the beginner, or one not familiar with Indiana’s flora, as it can reduce the field of options when trying to determine an unknown plant’s identity. Information in the Flora has also been very useful in the restoration of landscapes. Because Deam collected plants in every township of the state, we have an excellent record of what occurred in an area historically. This has been especially helpful when attempting to restore areas that no longer possess their native vegetation.

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