Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques

Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques

by Victoria Logue
     
 

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If you want to enjoy a well-planned, well-equipped day hike or backpacking trek, take charge of your outing with Hiking and Backpacking. The book demystifies the outdoor experience, proving that you don't have to be a wilderness warrior to get back to nature and have fun. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned path master, the wealth of tips, techniques, and

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If you want to enjoy a well-planned, well-equipped day hike or backpacking trek, take charge of your outing with Hiking and Backpacking. The book demystifies the outdoor experience, proving that you don't have to be a wilderness warrior to get back to nature and have fun. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned path master, the wealth of tips, techniques, and tricks will have you trailblazing like never before. Whether you're out for an easy stroll, an overnight hike, or are tackling a long trail, Hiking and Backpacking: Essential Skills, Equipment, and Safety is the ticket to enjoying a safe and rewarding trail experience.

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Backpacking: Essential Skills To Advanced Techniques clearly explains every aspect of the outdoor experience of hiking on foot through the outdoors. The planning section details all the options for picking the best trails to fit ability, time and interests. There is a useful section devoted to those who dare to embark on serious long-distance hikes. The reader is provided with all the information needed to safely and competently select the gear most appropriate to the hiking project from the hi-tech equipment available to today's outdoor enthusiast. Backpack also offers sound and practical advice on pacing oneself, crossing streams, hiking in snow, using a map & compass, finding a good camp, setting up a kitchen, as well as maintaining and repairing equipment. Very highly recommended for the outdoor enthusiast, Backpacking is an ideal introduction for the novice, and offers a wealth of information, tips & techniques that even the more experienced backpacker will appreciate and benefit by.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897325844
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,230,707
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.94(d)

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Boot Weight and Height Your selection of boots will depend on where, when, and how often you want to hike. Lightweight boots are ideal for day hikes and backpacking on easy terrain. For example, most of the trails along the east coast can be hiked in lightweight boots. Rock scrambling and rougher terrain call for medium-weight boots, which are better suited to that kind of stress. Heavyweight boots are designed for those who intend to do intensive backpacking in mountainous terrain, including snow and ice hiking. Both the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails, among others, involve this type of hiking.

You also have a choice between differing lengths of upper-above ankle boots, ankle high boots, and below ankle boots. Above ankle boots offer the most support and are usually only found in heavyweight boots made of leather. They are great if you need to carry a big pack in the backcountry. Just make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to break them in. Ankle high boots are cut just at or just under the ankle. They are good for moderate loads and are fine for most trails. These can be found in both lightweight and medium-weight styles. Finally, below ankle boots are usually only lightweight in style and are best for very light trail use. If you wear them for tougher trips, you risk blisters and insufficient ankle support. Because so many trails are made hazardous by rocks and roots, conventional wisdom sides with having some type of ankle support, though in the end, it's as much a matter of preference as necessity.

Meet the Author

Victoria Logue hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1988. She has returned again and again to hike its many sections on day and overnight hikes and is the coauthor of several hiking books for the area. She lives in Georgia where she and her husband enjoy sharing their love of nature with their daughter, Griffin.

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