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‘Tracks of the White Wolf’ Wildernis Handboek

Het Wildernis Handboek in het Nederlands


‘Een boek boordevol informatie over leven, werken en genieten in de natuur. Raoul put uit een leven lang ervaring en omschrijft een veelvoud aan technieken, tips, tricks, flora en fauna, aangevuld met persoonlijke anekdotes en humor’

320 pagina’s met talloze foto’s en tekeningen over veel verschillende ‘Wildernis gerelateerde’ onderwerpen.  Raoul behandelt o.a. shelter, vuur, water, voedsel  flora, fauna, oriëntatie, knopen en sjorringen, Wilderness First Aid,  jagen, vissen, materialen, diersporen en prenten, bushcraft, survival en nog veel meer!

Er is een vaste voorraad boeken aanwezig op de Voshaar, dus gewoon terplekke kopen kan ook.

ISBN: 9789090341668
Auteur: Raoul Kluivers
Taal: Nederlands
Type: Paperback Pocket


Raoul is geboren (1969) en getogen op het Achterhoekse platte land en heeft al vanaf heel jong een voorliefde voor de natuur en alles wat daar me te maken heeft. Als kind wilde hij woudloper worden in Canada en hij is dat eigenlijk ook geworden. Sinds zijn eerste bezoek aan dat land in 2000 is hij ieder jaar minimaal één keer terug geweest en heeft zich ontwikkeld tot specialist van de Canadese Rocky Mountains en Boreal Forest met een speciale voorliefde voor wolven.

Frankrijk en dan met name de Dauphiné en de Jura heeft ook een speciale plek in zijn hart. Sinds 1974 komt hij jaarlijks in dat land en sinds zijn CIOS tijd in de begin jaren ’90 is hij daar meerdere keren per jaar te vinden, om instructie te geven, te kajakken, te klimmen, te hiken en om zijn vrienden op te zoeken.

Dit boek is het resultaat van passie, jarenlang ervaring, 25 jaar fulltime lesgeven en het veelvuldig gidsen in Wildernis gebieden.

Wie Raoul heeft ontmoet en met hem aan een kampvuur heeft gezeten, kent zijn motto’s

‘Passie is alles’, Always be prepared’ en ‘Adapt, Improvise and Overcome’


Voorwoord door David Holder
IGA Masterguide en Lead Survival Consultant- History Channel – Alone Show

I live continents apart from Raoul with him in the Netherlands and me in Canada, but every so often we meet when I teach at his school in Eibergen, or he brings his students to Canada. There is a deep joy we share as we exchange skills and knowledge about the forest we are pushing through, or the mountaintop we freely gaze from.

Raoul is a man who finds beauty and excitement in everything that nature offers, from the subtle pressure shift in the snow that surrounds a wolf track, to the golden light shimmering across a raindrop that tenaciously hangs onto a tamarack branch.

He is an eternal student of nature who will quickly inspire you to walk his wild path, while he imparts his in depth and motivating erudition of everything he knows about the natural world.

As much as I have been able to contribute to his journey he is one of the few people in the world who I can say astounds me with his knowledge. I find myself delighted at the way he will describe how the delicate shift in flight patterns will allow me to discern which bird of prey we are watching. I take pleasure in our long chats around the campfire where his passion for protecting wild spaces and wildlife radiates so eloquently in his rhetoric. His words wash over you like a warm vocal wave that leaves you drenched in a desire to go and explore all the remaining remote spaces on earth.

This book will furnish you with many of the skills that offer you a shortcut to traveling and living safely in the northern bush, or mountains, with guidance on the right gear to carry and the correct clothes you need to wear. It will equip you with the finer skills that will permit you to integrate your experience with, and how to use, the natural environment by becoming a part of the landscape. Its many pages teach you how to select and navigate a route through wild terrain that will in part lead you to a long healthy life.

We are like wolves, we crave the freedom to roam and live a free unpretentious life in the wilderness either with our pack, or on a long solitary journey of exploration in the bush.  Many of us would like to become a wolf and break free of the chains of modern urban living and become students of nature. Some of you have already managed to embrace a lifestyle that takes you into the wilds. Wherever you are on your journey I would advise you to take a copy of “Tracks of the White Wolf “ as a traveling companion.

Dave Holder

IGA Master Guide
Outdoor Council of Canada Instructor
Wilderness living skills Instructor
Wilderness Guide Association level 3 Guide
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

Lead Survival Consultant – History Channel – Alone show


Dave en Brenda Holder

Nawoord door Brenda Holder

When Raoul asked me to write a piece for this book, I was humbled. He was insistent that I say what I want about my people, and that it should not be about him, but about me. In the Cree language I might say of Raoul nistaweyihtakosiwin meaning he has the knowing of what a person is, and I appreciate how he knows me and privileged to call him my friend.

It is important to say that I am speaking from my perspective and from my own family teachings and not about “all of us Natives”. There are many of us from different nations and it is important to know that we are very diverse and though we all have some similar teachings and practices, it is important for me to honour all nations and their specific culture, traditions, knowledge and way of life. So I can only speak from my own nation.

I am a Cree/Iroquois lineage on my mother’s side and on my father’s side we understand him to be from the Cherokee lineage (with Irish and English blood as well), though we are still attempting to determine his lineage.

I grew up only really learning about the Cree side, both from a Metis (mixed blood) and a First Nations understanding and I know very little about the cultures of my other lineages. So my words will be from the Cree understanding that I was taught.

I think it is also important to know, that I cannot possibly cover everything about my heritage and my own teachings in this small amount of space I am taking in the book. It is not practical nor is it something my elders would allow. Some things I cannot share and I will honour my elders wishes.

Kiskinohamâkewin in the Cree language means the act of teaching and it is in many ways central to all I know as an Indigenous person. From my mother (Turtle Bear Woman) I learned about land and how important it is. She said, when you have land, you have life, kihcêyihtâkwan (it is held sacred) it is the skin of the mother and holds power, stories, blessings, healing, nourishment (food and soul) and all the things necessary to live. Kihcheyihta (give it proper respect), this is one of the most important of the teachings given to my siblings and myself. Respect is central to the gifts of the mother and the creator that we benefit from.

One way of showing respect is in making an offering. This is often in the form of tobacco, one of the four sacred plants gifted to us by creator. We always leave something behind as an offering when we have to take something from the land, whether that is medicine, food or even a rock for a rattle or to make paint. Just because something is not able to get away from us to avoid being used does not give us an automatic right to take it, and in my culture, to do so is very risky. There are always consequences of taking without making an offering, especially to things like plants or rocks, who are very powerful in comparison to us two legs who are weak against them. So we ask through prayer (kakesimowin) and ceremony for what we want and we make an offering.

I wanted to write about this in Raoul’s book because that is how I see him. His respect for nature and the land is very similar to my own and so I am honoured to be able to contribute even just a very small amount of my own teachings into his book.

Kinanâskomitin – I thank you all.

Brenda Holder

Traditional Knowledge Keeper