The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide: The Classic Handbook, Revised and Updated

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 17, 1999 - Reference - 272 pages
The classic backpacker’s handbook—revised and updated—providing expert guidelines for anyone who loves the outdoors.

The Wilderness Guide brings the savvy of the world's most famous and respected outdoor organization to everyone—from the sixteen million backpacking Americans to the more than 265 million people, tenderfeet and trail-hardened hikers, who visit our national parks annually. It covers:

-Selecting equipment—including discussions of the advantages and disadvantages of products such as the internal frame pack, lighter-weight boots, and freestanding tents

-The latest “leave no trace” camping techniques

-Traveling safely and sensibly—including vital information on maps, compasses, and tips on crossing difficult terrain

-Backcountry cooking, with tips on building fires and tricks for making gourmet meals

-Search-and-rescue techniques, including how to organize a self-sufficient search group and when to call in professional rescue teams

Illustrated throughout with instructional drawings and photos and featuring lists of equipment, the Wilderness Guide is a must-have for anyone planning to explore the great outdoors.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
15
Why We Go
21
A Word About NOLS
29
Group Size
35
Expedition Goals
41
Route Planning
43
Contingency Plans
49
Bringing the Right Amount of Food
57
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
124
Encountering a Bear
130
Leadership and Expedition Behavior
165
Maps and Compasses
178
Reading Your Map
187
Keep Your Map Handy and Keep Track of Your Position
188
Bearings
194
Navigation
200

Equipment Primer
63
Fitting Your Boots
69
Sleeping Pads
76
Tents
83
Interview with John Roskelley
91
A Short Course in Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
97
Notes on Clothing Items
103
Choosing a Campsite
110
Leave What You Find
118
Steps to a Safe Evacuation
206
Getting Found
212
Air Masses and Fronts
218
Interview with Pamela Eaton of the Wilderness Society
224
Your Kitchen Site
230
Baking
236
Food Stress
242
Equipment List
251
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The National Outdoor Leadership School conducts outdoor adventure programs at eight branches throughout the world; its headquarters are in the foot-hills of Wind River Range in Lander, Wyoming.

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