The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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From the Publisher
"Stevenson's clear instruction and trail-tested techniques make this a great introduction to backcountry hiking and camping."
-Jonathan Dorn, editor-in-chief, Backpacker magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592579600
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 623,573
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Stevenson writes extensively about survival, hiking, and the outdoors. As the former skills editor at Backpacker magazine, he's pitched his tent in scorching canyons, on snowy peaks, and beside tranquil lakes--and he's never forgotten how to tie the knots he learned as a Boy Scout in Ohio.
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