Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2005

NO SWEAT; Pitch a tent in 26 minutes
by Emmett Berg

The Beginner's Guide to Camping National Video-Documenters Inc. DVD, $19.99

What do actors from Chicago know about car camping? It really doesn't matter when affable host Stephen Taylor and extras recruited from the House Theater of Chicago explain what you need to know about car camping, including where to buy firewood and how to fold the ground tarp of your tent to divert rainfall.

In a mere 26 minutes, Taylor and crew cover the absolute basics of preparing to sleep outside: how to find a campground, pack the right gear and organize chores.

The video explains the difference between public versus private campgrounds, and pricey versus practical gear.

Lessons are designed for a beginner who wants to experience the real thing without backpacks and ice axes. Fun add-ons include suggestions for rainy day activities and a requisite primer on s'mores.

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