Thomas Hiram Holding

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Thomas Hiram Holding
Outside his tent

Thomas Hiram Holding (1844 – 1930[1] ) was a British traveling tailor and often considered the founder of modern camping. He wrote the first edition of The Camper's Handbook in 1908 and founded the Association of Cycle Campers, now the Camping and Caravanning Club.[2][3][4][5]

His passion for camping developed as a child when he crossed the United States with his parents in a wagon train.


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  2. ^ Wills, Dixe (16 April 2011). "Camping? It should be about the simple life". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Guys and poles". The Economist. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Club History". Camping and Caravanning Club. Retrieved 24 July 2011.