Day Hiker's Handbook: Get Started with the Experts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898869019
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Backpacker Magazine Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 795,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 13
Chapter 1 Getting Started 17
Finding Hiking Partners 20
Being a Smart Consumer 20
Doing it Yourself 22
How Hard is Hard? 24
Keeping Your Engine Tuned 28
Hiking in Groups 30
Hiking Alone 30
Taking Baby Steps 33
Setting Reasonable Goals 36
Bagging Peaks 38
Chapter 2 Gear 43
Hiking Boots 44
Socks-The Unsung Hero of Footwear 52
Foot Care 52
Customized Footbeds 53
Packs 53
What Else Should I Bring? 61
Chapter 3 Clothing 67
Skin to Shell, Sunny to Soggy: Layering and Temperature/Moisture Management 68
Cool Stuff 72
What Should I Buy? 76
How Much Should I Spend? 78
Chapter 4 Water and Food 81
Becoming a Heavy Drinker 82
Carrying Enough Water 84
Bottles and Hydration Systems 84
Don't Drink the Water? 86
Fueling Your Engine 88
Don't Feed the Animals! 91
Chapter 5 Children on the Trail 93
General Tips for Hiking with Children 94
Nutrition and Hydration 99
Sun Protection 100
Kids vs. Bugs and Animals 100
Chapter 6 Safety, Fun, and Trail Ethics 103
At the Trailhead 104
Trail Etiquette 107
Finding Your Way 108
Crossing Water 126
"It's D-D-D-Dark Out!" 128
Hiking in Winter 130
Keep Smiling 131
Watching Wildlife 132
Outdoor Photography Tips 133
Chapter 7 When Nature Calls 137
Use the Facilities, Please 138
The Moment of Truth 138
A Word for Women 143
Chapter 8 Weather 145
Weather Terminology 146
Checking the Forecast 147
Reading Between the Clouds 149
Thunder and Lightning 150
Turn Back or Go On? 152
Chapter 9 Health and First Aid 155
First Aid 156
First-Aid Kits 156
Advice for Women 157
Things That'll Get Ya 157
Other Health and First-Aid References 163
Appendix A Day-Hiking Resources 165
Appendix B Recommended Reading 168
Index 171
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