The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking
Table of Contents Chapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking Getting started with shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night. Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and Types Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group. Chapter 3: Camping Overnight The complete
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking
Getting started with shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night.
Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and Types
Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group.
Chapter 3: Camping Overnight
The complete guide to a comfortable night’s sleep at parks, campgrounds, and backcountry tent-sites.
Chapter 4: Backpacking Basics
Getting deeper into the woods, mountains, or wherever you want to explore by carrying everything you need on your back.
Chapter 5: Training Your Body for the Trail
Everyday fitness routines to get you in shape for any level of hiking.
Chapter 6: Never Get Lost (Again)
Easy-to-follow map, compass, and GPS tutorials to keep you on the right trail.
Chapter 7: Essentials for Every Trip
The lifesaving gear you should never leave home without.
Chapter 8: Welcome to Gear World
Expert advice on how to buy high-quality and long-lasting equipment.
Chapter 9: Footwear Fundamentals
Finding hiking boots or trail shoes guaranteed to keep your feet happy and blister-free.
Chapter 10: Outdoor Clothing 101
Smart layering advice for weather that’s either fair or foul.
Chapter 11: Hauling Your Gear: Daypacks and Weekend Packs
The surefire guide to finding and loading the ideal backpack.
Chapter 12: Shelter from the Storm
Building the perfect sleep system by combining tents, sleeping bags, and ground pads.
Chapter 13: The Outdoor Kitchen
Cooking advice and recipes to fuel every hike and hiker.
Chapter 14: Liquid Refreshment
Where to find water and how to make it safe to drink.
Chapter 15: Hygiene on the Trail
Sensible strategies to keep clean on the trail.
Chapter 16 How to Survive
The no-panic plan on how to respond when trouble arises.
Chapter 17: First Aid
The on-trail prescription to fix blisters, bumps, and bruises.
Chapter 18: The Wild Things
Keeping encounters with poisonous plants and wildlife at a safe but exciting distance.
Chapter 19: High-Country Hazards
Hiking and camping tips for more challenging trails and terrain.
Chapter 20: Expanding Your Skills
Where to seek your next great adventure.
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Great for new and veteran hikers alike. Although I’m an experienced hiker, I usually pick up the latest how-to books in hopes of learning something new. Unfortunately, most are horribly out-of-date or seem like they were written by someone who’s never actually done any serious backpacking. Thankfully, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking is not one of those books. Simply put, this author knows his stuff and is obviously an experienced backpacker who practices what he preaches.The author packs a lot of…
Everything you need to know to enter the great outdoors Finally, a useful hiking book that doesn’t take itself too seriously! This book is easy to read and packed with information so you can keep it as a useful reference (not to mention a good size and weight so you can stick in in your pack).If you are an extreme sports junkie looking to climb K2 this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you are anyone else looking for an enjoyable trip to the wilderness I would highly recommend it.I was an experienced hiker in my…
A Must-Read for Beginners and Enthusiasts Alike! Let me be clear – I do a lot of hiking and backpacking and would be offended if someone on the trail called me an “idiot.” But, maybe I’m more of an idiot, er, novice than I thought, but I haven’t been able to put down the book, especially as I’m planning for a week in the Sierra Nevada this summer. Just today I consulted it before heading to REI to replace my favorite hiking boots. Thanks to the book, I’ve downgraded from heavyduty to midweight boots – much more appropriate for what I do…