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Paddling books ...

Post by Helen M » Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:57 pm

seem to be a current topic at the minute.

What do people

a) have in their library?

b) Recommend?

I have a very small collection gathering dust - include classics such as Blazing paddles, dances with waves, visions of the wild, boat in my baggage etc ... (about 20 in total)

Favourites are Blazing paddles and Dances with Waves.

Looking forward to hearing all your recommendations.

H - x

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Post by Erling » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:04 pm

a) The English language ones:
- Sea Kayak Rescue, Schumann and Shriner
- Deep Trouble, Sea Kayaker
- The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, Hutchinson
- Sea Kayaking Safety & Rescue, Lull

(Plus a few Norwegian ones, the only worth mentioning is the first and probably only edition of Kayaks and Kayak Building by H.E.Hoell, bought by my father in the late 1940s.
Plus quite a few canoeing books.)

b) I wouldn't be without any of them, but of the English language ones I have learnt a lot from Deep Trouble.
The older I get, the better I used to be.

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Post by Owen » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:12 pm

Here is just few that I’ve got and read.
• Argonauts of the western Isles, by Robin Lloyd – Jones.
• Blue Water Summer, by Dave Johnston & Krista Nicholson. Not brilliantly written but a good story none the less.
• Alone at Sea, by Hannes Lindemann. More about survival at sea that kayaking.
• Seekers of the Horizon edited by Will Nordby. Some chapters are better than others.
• Blazing Paddles, & Dances with Waves, by Brian Wilson. I found the first book far better than the second; not that the second book is at all bad.
• A Boat in our Baggage, & Vision of the Wild, by Maria Coffey. She is a brilliant writer; I’ve also got some of her non paddling books. Inspirational stuff.
• Commitment and Open Crossings, by Bill Taylor. The cult of machismo comes to sea kayaking; real head – bangers.
• Arctic Odyssey, By Richard Sale & Tony Oliver. More about arctic travel in general but there is a chapter about a sea kayaking trip out of Tromso.
• Hidden Coast, by Joel Rogers. Fantastic photos.
• On Celtic Tides, by Chris Duff. A fantastic achievement but yuk.
• Spirited Water, by Jennifer Hahn. Double yuk and pass the sick bucket.

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Post by Mark R » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:15 pm

If anyone wants to sell me a copy of 'Argonauts of the Western Isles' or 'Seekers of the Horizon', I have money waiting...


Everyone should read 'Paddle to the Arctic' by Don Starkell for a good long laugh.

Nice coffee table book recently out...'The Frozen Coast'.

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Post by Jimski89 » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:45 pm

Hi Mark,

If 'Argonauts of the Western Isles' is published by Diadem then I may be in a good position to help out on that one.

I'll make some enquiries.........

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Post by Zoe Newsam » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:50 pm

Isn't it out of print?

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Post by Jimski89 » Wed Nov 16, 2005 10:32 pm

...I'm guessing that it is out of print. That being the case, I may know the right man but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out for sure.

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Post by KevinM » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:27 am

With a bit of a patience it is possible to unearth quite a variety of sea kayaking and canoeing books, stretching back over the last 150 years and many can be picked up reasonably cheaply
We have been trying create a reasonably comprehensive bibliography so take a look at
http://www.seapaddler.co.uk/Bibliography.htm
Any additions would be greatly received.

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Post by ianzippy » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:26 am

Not strictly speaking books, but some interesting journal articles on Greenland paddling available at Jstor.com (not sure about access outside academic institutions though...).
Eskimo Long Distance Voyages (Babcock W H (1913) Eskimo Long Distance Voyages American Anthropologist 15(1) 138-141)
...and...
Watkins' kayak (Rymill J R (1933) Watkins' Kayak The Geographical Journal 82(6) 539-541)

Think there are others referenced at the back of Johnathan Watermans "Odyssey Among the Inuit" Macmillan, 2001
"Love many, Trust few, Learn to paddle your own canoe / kayak (delete as appropriate)"

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Post by jayno55 » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:09 pm

Helen

I think you might enjoy John Robison's 'Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling'. Aimed I think at beginners to intermediates, but still deals with advanced topics and gives very comprehensive and solid advice. It is hilariously illustrated throughout, and has some choice chapter titles ... e.g. "Kayak Jenga", "Pee Kayaking", "Making Poopies" "Critters"!

jayno

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Post by AndyC#2 » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:44 pm

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Post by ianzippy » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:27 pm

Good source for out of print books seems to be abebooks.co.uk - might find your copy of Argonauts there Mark!
"Love many, Trust few, Learn to paddle your own canoe / kayak (delete as appropriate)"

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Post by Helen M » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:19 pm

Thanks Jayno - sounds like just my sense of humour!

Andy - loved the domain names.

H - x

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Post by Skerryvore » Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:27 pm

G'day Helen,
I have just read two so far "Blazing Paddles" & Dances with Waves"
Both Fantastic!

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I have 3 book suggestions:

Post by Rob G » Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:42 pm

Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, by David Burch
Savvy Paddler, More 500 Tips for Better Kayaking, By Doug Alderson
Southern Exposure, by Chris Duff

The first book I mentioned as it's a really informative navigational book.
The second book I mentioned because there are a lot of neat tips for repairing or creating your own kit. And Chris Duff's book is as good as his first one, On Celtic Tides. If you like him, you will like that book.

Rob

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Post by active4seasons » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:04 pm

The best sea kayak book (informative not narrative) IMHO The complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook Shelley Johnson,
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Post by john campbell » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:28 pm

Well worth checking out Robert Perkins' 'Into the Great Solitude' and 'Against Straight Lines'. Has Jonathan Waterman's 'Arctic Crossing' or Tim Park's 'Passage to Alaska' made the list?

happy paddling
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Post by Mark R » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:39 pm

John, I've read 'Arctic Crossing' - but are the other titles you mentioned books about kayaking?

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Post by skerraydave » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:23 pm

Two books by Jon Turk,an American paddler, are worth seeking out. He has done some serious paddling which he describes well including crossing the Pacific Ocean by kayak.

Cold Oceans pub 1998 harper collins
In the wake of the Jomon 2005 International Marine/McGraw-Hill
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Post by john campbell » Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:08 am

Hi Mark
Tim Parks should read Tim Lydon - getting my fiction and non fiction collections confused, multos apologaea, but he has written an interesting sea kayak book.

Robert Perkins is a Massachusetts based open birch bark canoer who has lots to say about a paddling state of mind which I feel applies across all forms of self propelled paddle craft. Omit at your peril.

happy reading
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Post by Mark R » Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:21 am

Thanks, found them....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... iversguide

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... iversguide

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... iversguide

The Perkins stuff looks quite scarce to find, I'll track it down next time I'm in the USA.

I recently obtained this...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... iversguide
Nice big book to adorn your coffee table, it has a section on about the origins of kayaks, in addition to the subject title. Used to cost 30-40 quid in hardback!
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Post by Helen H » Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:59 pm

Recently read, "Paddle to the Arctic"- compulsive reading- won't be copying their journey though. Have got a copy to send free to anyone in UK who would like to read it.

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Post by Helen H » Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:35 pm

Book going to Alan. Please send address for me, Ta, mouse.

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Post by Skerryvore » Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:32 am

mouse wrote:Book going to Alan. Please send address for me, Ta, mouse.
Thanks Mouse will enjoy the read then pass on to this community.

Best Wishes

Alan

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Post by Helen M » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:23 am

Can I read it after you please Alan.

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Post by Skerryvore » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:11 pm

Hi Helen would be delighted to pass book on after read. Send a pm of address and wait for the postie.

Cheers

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Post by Helen H » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:14 pm

It's in the post, Alan.

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Post by CHOWSH » Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:01 pm

The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux. Just a great book to read and happens to be about his kayaking adventures.

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Post by Helen M » Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:19 am

Just read Victoria Jasons book Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak. Her version of Don Starks Paddle to the Arctic. What a brilliant read. Have to say though my blood pressure reached boiling point on several occassions - and it was all Don Starks fault! He is a MCP of the highest order. I am so looking forward to reading Paddle to the Arctic (I have badgered Alan to get a move on with the book and he has now taken pity on me and is lending it to me before he has finished it - see it does pay to nag!).

If anyone gets a chance to read Kabloona take it - it really is an amazing story.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... iversguide

It was quite hard to find - some of the ones on Amazon are ridiculous prices. I paid £16 in total through abe books and had to get it from Canada. Well worth the wait.

H - x

ps - Mike is reading it now.

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Post by Mike Marshall » Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:18 pm

No mention of The Dreamtime Voyage (Paul Caffyn)? 10/10
Commitment and open crossings (Bill Taylor) 10/10
Snowdonia White Water Sea & Surf (Terry Storry) Reference 8/10
Complete Book of Sea Kayaking (Hutchinson) 6/10
Viz Bag of Slugs annual 10/10

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