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Menasha Ridge Press Menasha Ridge Press - Good Books for Serious Fun. Menasha Ridge Press has been a leading independent book publisher for more than twenty years. Covering the outdoors, wilderness sport, wildlife, cooking, history, dining, and travel worldwide, the award-winning, best-selling books and series produced by Menasha Ridge Press are widely recognized for their innovation, authority, and scrupulous attention to detail. And though we're serious about good books, we also believe a good book knows how to have fun. After all, we love what we do, and we think you will, too.

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Hunters' Guide for Treating Medical Emergencies
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Hunters' Guide for Treating Medical Emergencies
Patrick Brighton, M.D.,illustrations Tammy Knight


    Discover prevention and treatment remedies for everything from gun shot wounds to gastrointestinal disorders in Hunters' Guide for Treating Medical Emergencies. Whether out for a morning deer hunt or on a week-long safari, hunters will appreciate the sometimes humorous presentation of how to best treat illness or injury when miles from help. Painstakingly detailed information guides you through caring for the most complicated injury to the simplest one.

     This guide fits easily in your pack for carrying it out into the wild. It is perfect for those hunting enthusiasts. Whether you get a small cut or break a leg, this guide is a must-have for those venturing out into the wilderness. So grab this guide and your gun and get out on the hunt.


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Inline! A Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating
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Inline! A Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating
William Nealy


    Nealy uses hard earned crash-and-burn skating experience, 4th dimensional drawings, and his twisted sense of humor to give you the most comprehensive, easy to understand, and detailed book on skating ever written. Inline! will teach you everything you need to know to become a seasoned blader. Learn how to skate, from taking your first baby steps on blades to more advanced techniques such as getting air, descending stairs, expert turning techniques and more.

    Inline! also includes chapters on how skates work, skate maintenance, safety, and the all important selection of body armor. Finally, Inline! will teach you the many ways to stop, or safely fall, while you're climbing the learning curve. All of this in Nealy's hilarious, easy to understand cartoon style that makes learning fun.

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Introduction to Paddling, 1st ed
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Introduction to Paddling, 1st ed
American Canoe Association


Written by the American Canoe Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Introduction to Paddling is an easy-to-understand guide to flatwater and river paddling. Based on an earlier work by the Ohio DNR, Flat-water Paddler, this amply illustrated book tells beginning paddlers everything they need to know, from appropriate clothing to the parts of the boat, from correct strokes to proper safety concerns. Good for instructors and those who like to teach themselves, this book is an important resource for those who like to paddle or want to start.

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Just Passin' Thru
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Just Passin' Thru
Winton Porter


    Deep in the Georgia woods, the vintage Mountain Crossings Store sets the stage for zany characters, comedy, and drama. Almost two thousand hikers each year attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail from south to north. Only one in ten will finish the trail’s 2,178 miles, but almost all of them—with the help of experience, courage, luck, or madness—will get as far as Mountain Crossings, the small outfitter shop that sits astride the trail outside of Blairsville, Georgia. And they will have dealings there with Winton Porter, the shop’s proprietor since 2001.

    In Just Passin’ Thru, his first book, Porter tells the story of this historic trading post and sketches some of the memorable souls who have passed through it—looking for gear or a place to sleep, coffee or gossip, souvenirs or advice—in the years of his tenure.

    These men and women are as varied as their reasons for walking. Some are wise and kind; some are depraved and dangerous. Some just hang out, and barely hang on. Many are gifted storytellers themselves. They may walk the trail without any special agenda or destination, because they have nowhere else to go. They may walk in brave inspiration, knowing each step may be their last. They offer tales of grand ambitions and shattered dreams. Of courage and kindness. Of mindless cruelty. Of those who have lost their minds only to rediscover them beneath the silent wilderness sky. They will arrive to you as strangers. Brought to life in Porter’s effortless prose, they will share their joy, their sorrow, and their wisdom. They will depart having touched your heart.

    The trade at Mountain Crossings is in more than food and equipment, and the people here are more to each other than buyers and sellers; they are neighbors in the wilderness, a family of wanderers and dreamers strung across a great American landscape. This book gives them their long-deserved family album. Hiking guide, memoir, story collection, and rogues’ gallery, Just Passin’ Thru is a report from a thriving example of old-fashioned American business. And it is, finally, the compelling self-portrait of a happy and grateful man, whose livelihood has been blessed by the bloom of life.

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Kayak: The New Frontier, 2ed
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Kayak: The New Frontier, 2ed
William Nealy


    Kayak illustrates important paddling techniques through humorous illustrations and detailed explanations from renowned paddler William Nealy. Completely updated to reflect the latest in paddling technology, Nealy's classic manual is dead-on hilarious.

    From hardcore hippy hairboaters who used to catch air in their block-long Dancers to insane youngsters clattering tiny play boats down steep creeks with more rocks than water, Nealy is back and more useful and entertaining than ever. This book is perfect for beginners or the more experienced kayaker. You may break a rib laughing, but with Nealy holding your hand you’ll be less likely to break a bone while boofing an insane rapid or maybe an entire waterfall.

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Kayaks to Hell
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Kayaks to Hell
William Nealy


At last, a book that accurately depicts the mono-mania, elusive machismo, and marathon-dance mentality of whitewater paddling. In a unique blend of satire and cartoon art, William Nealy (author of best selling White Water Home Companion) opens up with both barrels on the sport and people which turn picturesque streams into jungle gyms.

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Land Between the Lakes Outdoor Recreation Handbook, 2nd edition
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Land Between the Lakes Outdoor Recreation Handbook, 2nd edition
Johnny Molloy


The updated Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook is the only comprehensive guide to recreational activities in the magnificent Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, which is situated on the state line of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook, by Johnny Molloy, is the only comprehensive guide to the magnificent Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The handbook is divided into two sections—water activities and land activities. The water section guides visitors to important fishing spots and lakes, as well as outlines one of the longest paddle trails in the Midwest—the 85-mile-long Land Between The Lakes Paddle Route. Descriptions of all lake accesses and swimming beaches are also included. The land section offers detailed descriptions of more than 300 miles of hiking trails (including the 60-mile-long North-South Trail). Finally, the guide offers an extensive reference section, detailing alternate lodging possibilities, outfitters, and conveniences located in nearby towns.

This new edition is completely updated and features new trails, such as the 11-mile Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail and the 5-mile interconnected network of historic paths known as the Hillman Heritage Trail.


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Life on Intertidal Rocks: A Guide to the Marine Life of the Rocky North Atlantic Coast
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Life on Intertidal Rocks: A Guide to the Marine Life of the Rocky North Atlantic Coast



This pocket-sized field guide identifies plants and animals that live in the intertidal zone of the rocky coast, from Cape Cod north to the Bay of Fundy, in tide pools, caves, and crevices, and on rocks, wharves and pilings. Explains intertidal ecology and how these fascinating and varied creatures--sea slugs, crabs, rockweeds, star fish, and many others--survive in the harsh and ever-changing environment between the limits of high and low tide.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.


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Minnesota Adventure Weekends
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Minnesota Adventure Weekends
Jeff Moravec


Plan a weekend of hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling!

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, Minnesota offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy—from camping along the North Shore to canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to biking near the Root River. There’s no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. Minnesota Adventure Weekends by outdoors adventurer Jeff Moravec is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With 12 exciting trips to choose from, you’ll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.

Spend more time playing and less time driving from place to place. Each chapter in this full-color guide highlights a specific destination and includes hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling opportunities rated for difficulty, as well as lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops. You’ll also get suggestions for where to stock up on supplies and what to do on a rainy day. With ideal outings for individuals, couples, families, and groups, get maximum adventure out of your weekends!


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Mountain Bike Master: Essential Skills and Advanced Techniques Made Easy
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Mountain Bike Master: Essential Skills and Advanced Techniques Made Easy
Mark Langton


     Ride faster, better, and stronger with professional Mountain Bike Master skills guide Mark Langton. Mountain Bike Master is a practical and inspiring guide that begins with the fundamental skills like shifting, braking, and climbing. Simple moves such as correcting seat-height adjustment and learning how to best-shift when engaging a steep ascent add tons of fun and efficiency to any ride.

    Intermediate skills, including riding technical terrain, power wheelies, and cornering, zips readers into the next level of riding competence. Now sporting a wide grin and the confidence of nailing the basic and intermediate skills, readers transition into advanced skills such as jumps, bunny hops, and counter steering.

After reading and putting Langton's lessons to practice, what once was a thigh-quivering lap around the park should now feel and look more like an iron-saddled grind up a steep mountain path. Today's demanding trails and high-tech bikes meet needs for speed, bumps, and thrills. Veteran mountain biker Mark Langton expertly guides and instills the confidence needed to get out there and have a great time while minimizing injury to self and bike.

    Headed into his twenty second year as a mountain bike trainer and guide, Langton and Mountain Bike Master take the guesswork out of quickly and safely mastering the art and science of cleanly rounding banked mountain curves and getting the most pedal for the metal with efficient riding basics. So grab your bike and get going.

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