Book Review: Let’s Get Primitive

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I like reading a lot.

When we started talking about going camping for the first time I knew I wanted a little perspective on it.  When I’m about to jump into something new I like to be prepared.  I like to be educated.

So I headed to the book section of my local outdoors store.  I browsed over books with nerdy & technical looking covers, big picture books of national forests, and cookbooks about crafting meals with solar cookers.  Then one book jumped out at me: Let’s Get Primitive: The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping by Heather Menicucci.


Despite it’s cheesy title and cartoon cover, the book looked promising.  Written by a girl who looked like someone I’d met at a concert, not like the girls I see out on the hiking trails, I decided to buy it.

Once I began reading Let’s Get Primitive I was entirely sold on the concept of camping outdoors.  It’s written from such a fresh perspective, by someone who hasn’t drank the kool-aid of needing all the latest gear, or of doing something that’s mainstream in the camping culture just because.

She goes over everything from acquiring the right gear, to choosing a campsite to how to dig a cathole.  She makes it entirely accessible, and not at all intimidating.

Most importantly she shares her personal stories, including why it is she will deal with the downsides of camping.

Let’s Get Primitive is the book I handed over to a friend who wanted to convince his new girlfriend to go camping with him for the first time.  She read it, went camping and had a great time.

I wholeheartedly recommend Let’s Get Primitive to anyone new to the concept of camping.