The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking

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Paperback, Alpha Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781592579600, ISBN10 1592579604

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A guide so thorough it will send you packing...

Backpacking remains one of the most popular, and inexpensive, outdoor activities in America. The Complete Idiot's Guide (r) to Backpacking and Hiking helps anyone prepare and plan for a rewarding adventure.

? Covers planning, training, shopping, and packing for the trip

? How to live on the trail

? First aid and other safety tips

? Practical time- and money-saving hints

? What gear is necessary-and what isn't

? Special considerations when traveling with groups or pets

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking

Getting started with shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night.

Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and Types

Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group.

Chapter 3: Camping Overnight

The complete guide to a comfortable night's sleep at parks, campgrounds, and backcountry tent-sites.

Chapter 4: Backpacking Basics

Getting deeper into the woods, mountains, or wherever you want to explore by carrying everything you need on your back.

Chapter 5: Training Your Body for the Trail

Everyday fitness routines to get you in shape for any level of hiking.

Chapter 6: Never Get Lost (Again)

Easy-to-follow map, compass, and GPS tutorials to keep you on the right trail.

Chapter 7: Essentials for Every Trip

The lifesaving gear you should never leave home without.

Chapter 8: Welcome to Gear World

Expert advice on how to buy high-quality and long-lasting equipment.

Chapter 9: Footwear Fundamentals

Finding hiking boots or trail shoes guaranteed to keep your feet happy and blister-free.

Chapter 10: Outdoor Clothing 101

Smart layering advice for weather that's either fair or foul.

Chapter 11: Hauling Your Gear: Daypacks and Weekend Packs

The surefire guide to finding and loading the ideal backpack.

Chapter 12: Shelter from the Storm

Building the perfect sleep system by combining tents, sleeping bags, and ground pads.

Chapter 13: The Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking advice and recipes to fuel every hike and hiker.

Chapter 14: Liquid Refreshment

Where to find water and how to make it safe to drink.

Chapter 15: Hygiene on the Trail

Sensible strategies to keep clean on the trail.

Chapter 16 How to Survive

The no-panic plan on how to respond when trouble arises.

Chapter 17: First Aid

The on-trail prescription to fix blisters, bumps, and bruises.

Chapter 18: The Wild Things

Keeping encounters with poisonous plants and wildlife at a safe but exciting distance.

Chapter 19: High-Country Hazards

Hiking and camping tips for more challenging trails and terrain.

Chapter 20: Expanding Your Skills

Where to seek your next great adventure.

Appendixes

A Glossary

B Resources

C Equipment Checklists

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publish Date: Apr 06, 2010
ISBN-13: 9781592579600
ISBN-10: 1592579604
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.94
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.0 x 6.1 x 0.8
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This book is great for beginners as well as intermediate hikers. I love to do day hikes and am trying to build un endurance. This book is a great value, give exercise help, advice on gear, where to hike, safety information for bringing the dog, etc. Discusses day hiking, thru-hiking on the AT, and advice on how to do all this in the safest way based on your age group and capabilities.

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