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The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    The ebook version

    Mr. Skurka is a hardcore hiker and definitely has the experience and credentials to offer advice for lightweight, high-mileage hiking. The book is written for that niche and I would say it's not for beginners. He does an excellent job explaining how he picks gear and how he uses it, especially in different environments. Unfortunately most lightweight gear, with the exception of alcohol stoves, is much more expensive than the "regular" alternatives, and I found myself thinking, "it must be nice to afford thousands of dollars of equipment." That must be the reason for having "The Ultimate" in the title. :-) I docked one star not for the content, but the format. I think the formatting looks amateurish for an e-reader: using a ">" for a bullet point, bolding the first half of a sentence, and the gear lists are really difficult to view on my Nook Tablet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Not for everyone

    This book is about minimalist hiking from dawn to dusk and sometimes more. If you want actual fun on your trips, skip this book. Very disappointed that his gear knowledge and recommendations don't apply to a wider audience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Cleanly written advice and perspective for backpackers

    If you're looking for a comprehensive camping/hiking gear rundown, this is not the book you. If you're looking for trail-tested advice on backpacking high mileage days or long distance backpacking, this is the book you want to read. Yes, there are some examples of gear, but only what the author uses, and even then they are presented to support a theme or lesson. The writing is clear, fairly concise, and never over-opinionated. Without preaching, Skurka advocates "lighter and less" through education and example. Given his extensive (and impressive) high mileaage backpacking resume, it's hard to discount Skurka's advice. This is a book I'll be re-read dozens of times, and in my opinion is well worth its modest eBook cost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Not for casual campers

    If you are the type who camps 100 ft from your car, pass on this. If you want to gain knowledge on how to do a thru hike of a major trail and what gear you need to do it, this is the book you want. I wish i had this a couple years ago before i started backpacking. Coulda saved myself a lot of learning by trial and error

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