The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 14, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 480 pages
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What you need to know before you hit the trails

Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys. The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. You'll find the last word on:

  • How to choose packs and footwear—and make sure they fit
  • What clothing to take on the trail
  • Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear
  • GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices
  • And much more

Reviews from previous editions
"The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."
--Backpack (UK)
"A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."
--Sierra
"Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."
Maine Sportsman
"For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."
Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

 

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Contents

Into the Wilderness
1
1 Preparing for the Trail
5
2 The Load on Your Back
20
3 Footwear and Wilderness Travel
39
The Pack
100
Dressing for the Wilderness
131
Camping in the Wilderness
183
7 The Wilderness Kitchen
257
8 Comfort and Safety in Camp and on the Trail
348
Skills and Hazards
386
A Final Word
428
Appendixes
429
Index
453
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About the author (2011)

Chris Townsend (Granton-on-Spey, Scotland), an internationally recognized rough-terrain hiker, is the author of several books, including Wilderness Skiing and Winter Camping and Backpacker’s Handbook, Second Edition.

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