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Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook

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Must-know trail skills: finding your way, purifying water, cooking on the trail, where and how to set up camp Solo backpacking, all-female groups, and hiking with children, seniors, and pets plus ideas for going light and enhancing your trail photography How to handle dangerous situations—encounters with bears, inclement weather, and medical emergencies

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Overview

Must-know trail skills: finding your way, purifying water, cooking on the trail, where and how to set up camp Solo backpacking, all-female groups, and hiking with children, seniors, and pets plus ideas for going light and enhancing your trail photography How to handle dangerous situations—encounters with bears, inclement weather, and medical emergencies

Backpacker and Hiker's Handbook tells how to plan and prepare for a backpacking trip and discusses equipment, safety, and the essential trail skills of using a compass, purifying water, cooking, and where and how to set up camp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811734622
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 730,152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kemsley Jr. is the founder of Backpacker magazine and cofounder of the American Hiking Society, one of the most influential nonprofit organizations lobbying Congress today. He has authored numerous books on hiking and backpacking, including the best-selling Buyer's Guide to Backpacking Equipment (978-0-0202-9090-2) and Whole Hikers' Handbook (978-0-6880-8476-9). Kemsley lives in northern New Mexico, where he enjoys hiking and backpacking many times a year in the southwestern mountains, deserts, and canyons.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     v
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     x
Preparations
Getting Started     2
What to Wear     6
Getting in Shape for Backpacking     13
Buying Your Outfit     16
Planning Your Trip     33
Trail Savvy
On the Trail     44
Where and How to Set Up Camp     51
Purifying and Carrying Water     61
Eating and Cooking on the Trail     69
Going Light     81
Using the Trails
Finding Your Way     90
How to Deal with the Weather     101
Health, Safety, and First Aid for the Trail     106
Insect and Plant Nuisances     109
Getting the Most from Your Trail Photography     115
Risks on the Trail
Dangers from the Weather     128
Snakes     139
New Bear Attacks: Take Them Seriously     143
Cougar Alert     166
The Hiking Party
The Fine Art of Picking Your Hiking Companions     174
Family Hiking and Backpacking     181
Women-Only Groups on the Trail     191
Seniors Take to the Trails     204
Taking Your Pet     209
Going Alone     213
Where To Go
Deciding Where to Backpack     222
Overnighting at Inns and Huts     226
Enjoying the High Mountains     233
Desert Hiking     242
Canyon Hiking     252
When To Go
Extending Your Hiking Season into Fall     260
Getting Started Winter Backpacking     267
Afterword: Why I Love America's Trails     280
Bibliography     283
Index     286
About the Author     290
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