Wilderness Wisdom: Quotes for Inspirational Exploration

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John Gookin
Stackpole Books, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 140 pages
  • Compiled by National Outdoor Leadership School instructors and based on NOLS curriculum
  • More than 900 quotes from over 500 sources in categories ranging from leadership to environmental ethics to expedition planning
  • Designed for outdoor use

The culmination of several decades of work on the part of instructors at the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Wisdom combines quotations from environmentalists, nature writers, athletes, and public figures as diverse as Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein. Perfect for moments of quiet contemplation in the wilderness, it also serves as a handy guide to various aspects of everyday life. This small, lightweight book will be of particular interest to hikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts looking for inspiration as they meet the challenges of the wilderness.

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Contents

Mountains
68
Natural RHytHms
69
Observation
71
Oceans
74
Paddling
75
Peak Performance
76
Positive Attitude
77
Respect
82

Conflict Resolution
20
Conservation
22
Desert
25
Endurance
26
Environmental Etkics
27
Expedition BeKavior
37
Expedition Planning
40
Experiential Education
42
Exploration Adventure and Discovery
48
Failure and Success
51
Fear and Courage
53
Feedback
54
FisKing
55
FrienclsKip
56
Hiking
57
Individuality
58
Judgment and DecisionMalcing
61
LeadersKip
65
Responsibility
83
Rivers
86
SelfAwareness
87
SelfDifferentiation
90
SelfLeadersHip
95
SelfSufficiency
96
Service
97
Spirit
98
Spirituality
100
StewardsKip
107
Talcing Risks
108
Teamwork
110
Tolerance for Adversity
112
Vision and Action
118
Wilderness and Environmental Education
123
Tke Wilderness Experience
126
Women
134
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Page 67 - But of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will all say, 'We did this ourselves.
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Page 116 - There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore; — Turn wheresoe'er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I now can see no more.
Page 126 - I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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Page 73 - The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

About the author (2002)

John Gookin, PhD, is a life-long educator. He currently manages curriculum and research at NOLS, where he has worked for 33 years. John has been studying backcountry lightning safety for 15 years and is a member of the Lightning Safety Team at the National Weather Service. He lives in Lander, WY.

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