Monday, July 19, 2010

Mantor Monday: Go out and play!

Look, don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't appreciate the fact that someone is actually reading this blog post. I do. Really. I do.
But it's summer time, people. And to me, summer time means outdoor time. The call of the wild, and all that jazz. So drag yourself away from your computer, and make time for some fun in the sun. If you need to brush up on a few skills before you hit the trail, Mantor has several titles on the New Acquisitions list to get you off on the right foot.

First up: The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual.

From the Back Cover:

"I could have used this book when I snapped my kayak in half descending the Niger River. I could have used this book when I busted my water filter bicycling across Siberia. I could have used this book on Mt. Everest when all ten of our stoves were either in flames or had already exploded. Save yourself crocodile attacks, dysentry, and singed eyebrows--read this book!"--Mark Jenkins, columnist, Outside, and author of Off the Map, To Timbuktu, and The Burma Road (forthcoming)

Considering the cost of outdoor equipment these days, it only makes sense to repair, rather than replace, your carefully chosen gear. Regular maintenance is the key to maximizing the performance of your investment.

Veteran outdoorsfolk Annie and Dave Getchell have bought, used, abused, worn out, and repaired tentfuls of outdoor equipment. This second edition of The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual combines their 35 years of experience to help you choose the right gear, use it wisely, and repair it in the field or home workshop. During countless adventures, Dave and Annie have accumulated an encyclopedic collection of cutting-edge care and repair tips from manufacturers, innovators, and outdoor gurus. The new edition adds time-tested guidance on how to choose exactly the right gear for your outdoor needs.

The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual is an abundantly illustrated, multisport reference that offers clear, concise suggestions to help you care for everything from tents, cross-country skis, and hiking boots to kayaks, canoes, climbing equipment, backpacks, stoves, and more. To handle those inevitable repair jobs, you'll learn--among other things--how to patch a canoe, clean a sputtering campstove, fix a busted zipper, sharpen ice-axe teeth, and mend a leaky rain jacket. Annie and Dave have packed The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual with advice on adhesives, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, repair kits, specialized tools, and useful knots. An extensive appendix of repair services and resources will guide you to the nearest expert should your own repair skills come up short."

Once you know what backpack to choose, and what to put in it, we've got Wilderness Camping & Hiking, The Ultimate Outdoors Book, and if that's not ultimate enough for you - if you need something a little more extreme, try this one:Climbing :Expedition Planning.

Not a happy camper? How about water sports? We've got several new offerings if H2O is your element of choice. Two new titles for fisherfolk: Fishing Basics, and
L.L.Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing.

And if fishing's not your angle, (Sorry. ) we've also got Whitewater Kayaking,
and Whitewater Paddling.

Whatever your outdoor flavor, we have (or we can get) a book to get you started on a new adventure. Enjoy what Maine (or wherever you are) has to offer. The Great Outdoors is calling, so get out there and make the most of it. Oh - and don't forget the bug spray.

Peace out, Cub Scouts.

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