Desert Sense: Camping, Hiking & Biking in Hot, Dry Climates

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The Mountaineers Books, Jan 10, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 173 pages
Provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to move through a desert landscape with confidence, in a guide that includes techniques for hiking and biking special to desert conditions, along with tips for dealing with desert heat, cold, and other challenges.
 

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Contents

North American Deserts
21
SONORAN
25
MOJAVE
30
GREAT BASIN
34
CHIHAUHUAN
39
Desert Backcountry
43
NATIONAL PARKS MONUMENTS AND PRESERVES
44
NATIONAL FORESTS
45
FOOTWEAR
102
CLOTHING
104
PACKS
107
SLEEPING BAGS AND PADS
110
SHELTER
113
COOK GEAR
116
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
118
PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT
119

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES
46
MAPS GUIDEBOOKS AND FREE ADVICE
47
MAKING YOUR WAY
49
Water and Climate
55
CARRYING WATER IN YOU VEHICLE
57
CACHING WATER
59
FILTERING AND PURIFICATION
61
CLIMATE AND ELEVATION
64
WEATHER
66
Desert Hazards
69
ANIMALS THAT SLITHER AND SKULK BY NIGHT
72
OLD MINES
80
FLOODS
81
HYPOTHERMIA
83
WINDS HAZARDS
84
Navigation
85
MAP READING FOR DESERT HIKING
86
COMPASS WORK
88
SATELLITE ASSISTANCE FOR DRIVING
91
USING GPS WHEN HIKING
95
NAVIGATION FOR BIKING
96
Gear for the Desert
97
THE TEN ESSENTIALS
98
EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
122
Driving the Back Roads and Biking the Trails
125
PREPARATION
126
SAFETY IN NUMBERS
129
FAT TIRES IN THE DESERT
131
Hiking and Camping in the Desert
135
PLANNING
136
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
140
TRAVEL TECHNIQUES
141
GOING YOUR OWN WAY CROSSCOUNTRY
142
CAMPING
146
Surviving the Worst
153
LEAVE PLANS WITH A RELIABLE PERSON
154
INJURY
155
SIGNALING TECHNIQUES
156
FINDING WATER
157
SHELTER
161
Resources
163
Recommended Reading
167
Glossary
168
Index
171
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Page 16 - LNT's message: 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 2 Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 3 Dispose of Waste Properly 4 Leave What You Find 5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 6. Respect Wildlife 7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors See pg.
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About the author (2005)

Bruce Grubbs has explored the Southwest for more than 35 years as a hiker, climber, mountain biker, kayaker, and cross-country skier. A contributing editor for The Sojourner, the online magazine of the Adventure Radio Society, Grubbs has also contributed to Backpacker magazine's Know How and Weekend Wilderness sections. He is the author of Best Loop Hikes: Arizona, among other titles.

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