I recently started re-reading Calvin Rutstrum’s books, one of my favorite authors of my youth. I had almost completely forgotten how much I liked his writings. As the jacket presentation on one of his books say; “if you ever go to the woods… or even just dream about it, you want Calvin Rutstrum as your guide”!
Here is a snippet on how to portage your canoe!
“As we were making a portage around a rapid, we met two Indian youngsters dragging a birchbark canoe over the portage. A girl and a boy; they could not have been more than ten to twelve years old. One on each side of the canoe's bow, handling it with a cross pole fastened to the gunwales, dragging the stern along the trail. What was ingenious about the arrangement was that the canoe’s stern was suspended in the crotch of an alder sapling elevating the canoe's stern above the rough trail. The stem of the sapling sliding on the trail also served as a spring to take the ground undulations and incidental bumps. It was a method I had never seen used before, something these youngsters had learned from their elders”.
Rutstrum, Calvin. Chips from a wilderness log. New York: Stein and Day, 1978
Here is a list of Calvin Rutstrum's books, many still available in libraries or on the internet:
Way of the Wilderness (1946),
Memoranda for Canoe Country (1953)
The New Way of the Wilderness (1958)
The Wilderness Cabin (1961)
North American Canoe Country (1964)
Wilderness Route Finder (1967)
Paradise Below Zero (1968)
Challenge of the Wilderness (1970)
Once Upon a Wilderness (1973)
The Wilderness Life (1975)
Chips from a Wilderness Log (1978)
A Wilderness Autobiography (1979)
Hiking Back to Health (1980)
A Columnist Looks at Life, Here's Cal Rutstrum (1981)