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Cliff Jacobson Camping Canoeing

CLIFF JACOBSON is one of North America's most respected outdoors writers, wilderness guides, national and foreign consultants, and is the most published canoeing/camping writer of the 20-21st century, with book sales approaching one million copies. 


He is a professional canoe guide and outfitter, a wilderness canoeing and camping consultant and the author of more than 20 top-selling books on camping and canoeing--titles have been translated into Spanish, German, French, Turkish and Mongolian (permission requested by a United Nations Task Force Team in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia).


His video, The Forgotten Skills, details the most important campcraft procedures. 


His new teen book, Justin Cody's Race to Survival, mixes a fictional wilderness survival tale with practical outdoor tips everyone should know--a first for books of this type.  Adults love it too!


Cliff's methods are proven by the sweat of pack and paddle and are reminiscent of the days when skills were more important than things.  A retired biology and environmental science teacher (34 years, grades 8-10!).  Cliff is respected by educators for his backcountry ethics, water quality, and wilderness navigation curricula.


The Wilderness Meal, an outdoor ethics unit he wrote for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNR), is among the most successful environmental education activities of all time.  It has been used by kids as young as 8 and as old as 80.  You'll find a copy in his book, Boundary Waters Canoe Camping With Style.​ Cliff's book, Canoeing Wild Rivers, 5th Edition, is the undisputed top authoritative resource for wilderness canoe expeditions.  


The map & compass curriculum he developed for the Minnesota DNR, and *Water, Water, Everywhere, But... (an environmental education project which he authored in cooperation with HACH chemical company) are used in hundreds of secondary schools and community colleges throughout North America.  Some water treatment plants have even used the water  curriculum to train its operators! 




Contributing editor, Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Consultant to Eckerd Family Youth Services and the Boy Scouts of America (canoeing section, Scout Field Book). Cliff is also a national and foreign outdoor tactics and equipment consultant whose speaking and consulting expertise have brought him to the Canadian Arctic, Norway, Sweden,  Costa Rica and many of the 50 states.  Cliff has also been hired as a product design consultant and to render expert opinions in lawsuits.  


An accomplished canoeist in his own right, Cliff has been recognized by the American Canoe Association (ACA) which presented him the Legends of Paddling Award and inducted him into the ACA Hall of Fame.

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