Re: Gear update
Bob Washburn (whiterabbit@IW.EDWPUB.COM)
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 00:16:35 -0600
I strongly agree with Mr. Nix's comments. While,in many cases, the
equipment reviewed in Backpacker is far more technical and expensive than
most Scouts need or can afford. However the annual guide does a good job of
explaining what to look for in the various types of gear, much of this
advice is still valid in the range of gear more appropriate for Scouting.
I highly recommend the magazine to all leaders who are not familiar with it.
It covers a wide range of outdoor issues from equipment, to training, to
conservation, to dressing for cold weather, to ecology.
At 10:23 AM 1/31/97 EST, Robert S Nix wrote:
>Many questions pass on both of these sites about what gear to choose.
>Try the following source. BACKPACKER Magazine, March 1997 issue, is on
>the newsstands now. This issue covers over 3000 items, including
>extensive coverage of tents, sleeping bags, and boots, as well as very
>good coverage of "how to" and "avoid this". This issue does not do a
>great job of comparisons, so much of the guidance for decision making is
>subjective. Other issues do more comparisons. A prior issue had
>outstanding information on water purification while on the trail.
>Please be aware that this magazine, while a great source of information,
>is not a Scouting document; nor do its ideals precisely match those of
>Scouting. The concepts of "courteous" and "reverent" are not strongly
>held, especially in the advertising. I would suggest that an adult
>review a couple of issues prior to allowing a younger Scout free access
>to this magazine. The March 1997 issue is more benign than usual.
>Bob Nix .. usedtobeabeaver..
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