The Advanced Backpacker: A Handbook of Year Round, Long-Distance Hiking

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 262 pages
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The Advanced Backpacker is a comprehensive handbook for the serious backpacker that will provide both inspiration and information, with detailed discussions on everything from researching and choosing a location to planning, equippping, and supplying oneself en route. Townsend will cover how to prepare both physically and mentally for the challenge as well as considerations for hiking in deserts,mountains, arctic tundra, and other isolated wilderness areas--as well as hiking, camping and surviving in extreme heat, cold, and wetness. He will discuss cultural considerations for third-world travel, emergency first aid, advanced navigation techniques, solo hiking, safety and health considerations, and how to select the best equipment for the trek you plan. Townsend, whose hikes include a 1,600-mile trek the length of the Canadian Rockies, a 3,000-mile hike from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divine Trail, 1,000 miles across the Yukon, the lengths of the Grand Canyon and Pacific Crest Trail, as well as shorter (relatively) adventures in Europe and Asia, will also discuss across the Yukon, the lengths of the Grand Canyon and Pacific Crest Trail, as well as shorter (relatively) adventures in Europe and Asia, will also discuss strategies for reentering society after lengthy trips. The Advanced Backpacker also offers thumbnail descriptions of major world hikes, and a detailed resources section. The book will feature a detailed how-to art program along with evocative photographs the author, an accomplished photographer, has collected on his adventures.

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Resources
Metric Conversion Table
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Chris Townsend is an internationally recognized hiking expert who has trekked the world over. His books include The Backpacker's Handbook, which won the prestigious Outdoor Writers' Guild Award for Excellence in the United Kingdom. His solo treks include a 1,600-mile hike over the entire Candian Rockies, a 1,000-mile walk across the Yukon, and a monumental 3,000-mile hike from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide Trail. He lives in Scotland.

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