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    Default What books are in your Rucksack??

    I usualy have a Colins Gem of Trees, although at this time of year it doesnt do me much good. I also have the Colins Gem of wild flowers, and the Small SAS Survival Guide.
    I usualy also take the Ciserone "wildeness medicine" book. This one isnt full of bushcrafty type potions but is a standard medical aid for when you are away from civilisation.

    Hmmm..I suppose that is quite alot of books isnt it...no wonder my sandwiches always feel heavy.

    Stu

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    We have the same books apart from the wild medicine one! I have a copy of Food for Free but its usually a little big for trips. I have a plant ID book which is marvellously arranged in colours instead of families which I find much easier to look things up. I cant remember which it is. I also carry Harper Collins "wildlife of Britain"

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    I also have Richard Mabey's "food for free" but the bigger version. I have actualy seen a Colins gem if this as well.

    The only thing I find a problem with plant identification is on occasions where the flowers are not yet present. I have the same problem with the leaves of trees. I guess I'll just have to be patient and make sure I log leaf details to plants when I can finaly ID them.

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    ID'ing plants is a long jorney to take. I know very few useful plants, it's something I would like to learn one day but I reckon learning as a young child would be the best way to go. Unfortunately, I'm a 31 year old child! Or am I 32? I only know for sure when I check my profile!

    I'll have to get my kids interested in plants as they are at the age where they soak information up.

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    Richard Mabey's "food for free"(pocket) lives in my pack
    and what ever I'm reading at the time.
    which is:- Walden: Or, Life in the Woods By Henry David Thoreau
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    Politicians urinate on us and the media tell us it's raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayland View Post
    Yeah, thats the one!!
    http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/de...rness-medicine

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntrepidStu View Post
    Looks like one to get,
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    Politicians urinate on us and the media tell us it's raining.

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    Stu try this
    http://www.hainaultforest.co.uk/55Tr...tion_index.htm
    Got pic of buds and may help id.
    dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy the cat View Post
    Stu try this
    http://www.hainaultforest.co.uk/55Tr...tion_index.htm
    Got pic of buds and may help id.
    dave
    Tommy You BEAUTY!!!! Looks like my printer will be busy for the rest of the night.

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    Default small books

    I love books, my read collection increases almost weekly yet my total collection decreases as I tend to give them away!

    My two favourite rucksack books are these two; but first a peom from Ryokan "the great fool".

    "Down in the village
    the din of
    flute and drum,
    here deep in the mountain
    everywhere the sound of the pines "

    Relevant now, as it was then to Ryokan, to my experiences and understanding of the great green.

    One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan
    Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan

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    Not in my rucksack but in the side pocket of my van door for when I am out taking the dog for a walk...

    Collins gems:

    Trees
    Food For free
    Birds
    Herbs and Healing For Cooking and Health.
    Weather.
    Mushrooms ansd Toadstools.
    Seashore.
    and the slightly bigger than collins gem but still small enough to fit into a pocket: Wild Flowers of Britain and europe.


    Then theres a few more that I can't remember the titles of, its like a little library and I often take one out when walking about.
    Last edited by demographic; 15-04-2008 at 22:45.

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    Give me Basho any day

    Or the `ten foot square hut`

    Thats another load of books to go on my list...

    I dont keep books in my car, oddly, bar a few maps

    Im carrying around a small knot book and a piece of cord, learning a few

    (Im still clueless)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tengu View Post
    Give me Basho any day

    Or the `ten foot square hut`

    Thats another load of books to go on my list...

    I dont keep books in my car, oddly, bar a few maps

    Im carrying around a small knot book and a piece of cord, learning a few

    (Im still clueless)

    I know what you mean. Someone should start a thread about the knots they use so we dont have to learn 50 only to find that we only use 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntrepidStu View Post
    I know what you mean. Someone should start a thread about the knots they use so we dont have to learn 50 only to find that we only use 3.
    If you start the thread, I will post what I use, I can't start new threads as I'm being ignored by mods and have been barred.

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    I occasioanlly carry a copy of the poachers handbook, and this is it except for maps. I tend to learn the things in the books that I need rather than relying on extra weight of a book, and it can be hard to read them when you need them.

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    I carry a selection of these fold out sheets from the Field Study Council depending on where I'm goiung such as
    http://www.field-studies-council.org...aspx?Code=OP76
    http://www.field-studies-council.org...aspx?Code=OP50
    They have a very wide selection, take a look.
    Alan

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