The Canadian Hiker's and Backpacker's Handbook

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Backcountry hiking in Canada -- comfortably and safely. The Canadian Hiker's and Backpacker's Handbook explains every aspect of taking a hiking or backpacking trip in the Canadian backcountry. From choosing the best footwear to plotting the best route to preparing for emergencies, Ben Gadd provides expert guidance for enjoying Canada's stunning scenery while being responsibly...
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Overview

Backcountry hiking in Canada -- comfortably and safely. The Canadian Hiker's and Backpacker's Handbook explains every aspect of taking a hiking or backpacking trip in the Canadian backcountry. From choosing the best footwear to plotting the best route to preparing for emergencies, Ben Gadd provides expert guidance for enjoying Canada's stunning scenery while being responsibly prepared. The book has valuable information on:
• What to wear in all landscapes
• What to bring from home to the trail
• Getting fit, no matter where you live
• Techniques for comfortable walking
• Safety guidelines at all levels
• First aid and accident response
• Special tips for hiking and backpacking with kids and dogs.Once trekkers are prepared for the trails, Gadd provides vital information for the conditions that might be encountered. There is also a unique cross-section of trails coast to coast, from Newfoundland to British Columbia and the northern Yukon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552859179
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Gadd has been an independent nature guide in Jasper National Park for 20 years. He is also the author of seven books about the Canadian Rocky Mountains, including the award-winning Handbook of the Canadian Rockies.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Brian Patton     vi
Acknowledgements     viii
In a nutshell...     ix
Before you begin
Why we go hiking and backpacking     2
Walking: The basics     7
Preparing yourself     24
What you need
Clothing and footwear     30
Gear     63
Food and drink     141
Going backpacking
Choosing a route and companions     154
High-tech trip planning     158
Story of a backpacking trip     163
Kids and dogs     262
Hiking off-trail: "Leave No Trace"     270
Safety and emergencies     283
Common things that go wrong on Canadian Trails     286
Hiking and backpacking in selected regions     311
Appendix     348
Index     359
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