The Ultimate Desert Handbook: A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers and Travelers

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McGraw-Hill Education, Apr 16, 2003 - Nature - 304 pages

Discover the joys of desert camping, hiking, and travel

Harsh, yet hauntingly beautiful; arid, yet teeming with life; inhospitable, yet profoundly peaceful--the earth's deserts beckon the poet and the backpacker, the artist and the adventurer. If you're heading into the desert, however, you should know what to expect, what to look for, and how to withstand extreme desert conditions.

Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, The Ultimate Desert Handbook is your complete guide to hiking, exploration, and survival in fascinating but unforgiving desert terrain. It gives you the crucial information you need to make the most of any desert sojourn, including detailed descriptions of North American deserts, their plants and wildlife, and their distinctive geological features. You'll also find the most comprehensive tutorial on desert navigation ever published and expert advice on equipment, safety, and first-aid techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Select the perfect desert campsite
  • Manage your water supply
  • Share the landscape with desert wildlife
  • Maintain vehicles in desert conditions
  • Protect yourself with the right clothing and equipment
  • Be at home in a vast and elemental terrain

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This is a musthave book if you plan on hiking or exploring the desert whether by foot mountain bike or 4WD. Good section on GPS and maps first aid also desert hazards like snakes killer bees etc. A great book for adventure travelers. Read full review

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This is the only book you will need for hiking survival 4WD travel or mountain biking in desert areas. A big book it covers both North America and world deserts and provides much more detailed ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Mark Johnson has eighteen years of experience in desert hiking and exploration in North America and North Africa. A frequent writer and lecturer on the subject, he has been published in several magazines, including Four-Wheeler and Desert Survivor.

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