Read by Phil Schempf

(4.8 stars; 148 reviews)

George Washington Sears, who many know better by his pen name "Nessmuk", was an outdoor writer during the last half of the 19th century, writing most often for the magazine "Field and Forest", the predecessor of today's "Field and Stream". "Woodcraft" is his book for "outers" with his tips on how to "smooth it" rather than rough it in the woods. Although some of his methods, equipment and mores may be out of date or objectionable to modern readers, his stories of true wilderness travel tinged with his subtle humor still have messages for those venturing out of doors. His small stature and compromised health made him a proponent of lightweight backpacking and canoe travel with only essential gear, a lesson still relevant today. There is a reason why "Woodcraft" and the slightly abridged, "Woodcraft and Camping", have been continuously in print since its original publication. - Summary by Fritz (3 hr 29 min)


Sage advice and humor...

(5 stars)

As a former "Outsider" back in my childhood, I've always wanted to read Nesmuk's work; when I discovered that LibriVox had it I couldn't wait to listen. Nesmuk was very entertaining as well as insightful to the "ways of the outdoorsman" classical advice from a by-gone era. The reader did an excellent job, and was a pleasure to listen to.

my favorite book about camping out the old way

(5 stars)

I’ve listened to this book so many times I’ve lost count. it’s light reading and great for people who love camping and fishing as much as I do. The narrator ever sounds like an old woodman.

(5 stars)

excellent informative read for outdoorsman of all calibers.awesome reader he fit the bill perfectly.i felt as if i was listening to the man that wrote the book.

Well read

(5 stars)

Well read and a very enjoyable listen. The content is still relevant to modern times, one just has to use their imagination.

Good escape while work drags on..

(5 stars)

A great way to expand your mind on outdoors and escape the doldrums of being at work..

Interesting if true.

(5 stars)

It's an interesting book. I'm not a hunter or outdoors man but I did enjoy this book.

(5 stars)

The reader made it seem as if old Nessmuk himself was speaking to me, and the book is timeless.

Old woodsman wisdom at its best

(5 stars)

Excellent read for anyone who enjoys tramping in the outdoors. Fantastic reader too.