New article about Common Man Books
Books: Authors detail best trails,
the warm weather finally upon us (I hope), many of you who like to hike,
bike, kayak, canoe or just take
a walk are lacing up sneakers and walking shoes.
those interested in trying some new places, I’d like to introduce two gentlemen
who do it all — Roger Fulton and Michael Carpenter.
is a retired state police captain who spends his winters hiking and biking
through Florida and his summers seeking new trails throughout New York.
Carpenter is an Adirondack Community
who likes to explore off-road places.
authored a group of books about outings with plenty of information. Their
Common Man series now totals 31 books and destinations.
you say you’re not interested in hard-core hikes or power-walks up steep
mountain trails, etc., you should know that these books are designed for people
who enjoy being outside. They’re also great for those who might be a little
older, out of shape or who like to have the grandkids and/or dogs with them.
authors admit they like the outdoors, but don’t want to sweat a lot, so they’ve
also designed these books for those who don’t have a lot of time to a take a
long hike. If you’re looking for places you and your family can go and enjoy
each other’s company, the surroundings and just being outdoors, the books show
where and how to do it.
series includes 15 outings in the Lake George/Saratoga region, five in the
Thousand Islands region, one in Vermont, two in the Finger Lakes area and eight
in Florida for snowbirds. The Lake George/Saratoga Region book includes 75
short hike trails, 50 flat-water kayak/canoe trips (25 in Lake George and 25 in
Saratoga). Both areas each discuss 25 bike trails.
beginning of each of these books contains information to help prepare for
trips, including items that should be taken and a chapter called “Tips for Staying Found or Tips for Not Getting
Lost,” which I believe should always be read before heading out.
There are directions on
how to get to each hike, bike or water trip, where to park and what type of
facilities are available, what the walking surface and elevations will be,
various sites of interest and GPS
coordinates. And after each activitiy, there’s a sheet for logging the trip
conditions, companions, interesting observations and general notes.
Another feature I found to be very useful is the physical design
of the book. Similar to a spiral binding found on a steno pad, it is pocket
size, 33⁄4 inches wide by 71⁄2 long, and fits conveniently into a pocket or
These books are designed for everyone, not just outdoors
men/women. After reviewing several of the Common Man books, I’m confident that
anyone can plan and execute a family day in
the outdoors using the directions found in these books. For more information
and to order a book, go to www.commonmanbooks.com or call (866) 793-0555.
their website, take a look at their “Safe in the Woods” book. It’s 100 pages of
tips, techniques and advice for safety and survival in the outdoors.