Desert Sense: Camping, Hiking, and Biking in Hot, Dry Climates

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How to make your way safely in the desert, no matter what your mode of travel* Techniques for traversing desert terrain-by vehicle, by mountain bike, or on foot * Strategies for comfort, safety, and survival in extreme conditions * Selecting gear and equipment for this special environment Like any desert aficionado, Bruce Grubbs is obsessed with water: how much to bring, how to carry it, how to conserve it, and how to find it in the backcountry. But desert exploration involves much more. Grubbs provides the ...
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How to make your way safely in the desert, no matter what your mode of travel* Techniques for traversing desert terrain-by vehicle, by mountain bike, or on foot * Strategies for comfort, safety, and survival in extreme conditions * Selecting gear and equipment for this special environment Like any desert aficionado, Bruce Grubbs is obsessed with water: how much to bring, how to carry it, how to conserve it, and how to find it in the backcountry. But desert exploration involves much more. Grubbs provides the knowledge and skills you need to move through this landscape with confidence. In addition to techniques for hiking and mountain biking special to desert conditions, Grubbs tells how to prepare your vehicle for remote desert roads and how to avoid getting stuck in sand or busting a tire. He discusses navigating in the desert, "dry camping" skills, and techniques for minimum impact on this starkly beautiful but fragile environment. There are tips for dealing with desert heat-and cold-and other challenges (sharp spiny plants and venomous snakes are easy to avoid with a little preparation and know-how). But just in case, Grubbs troubleshoots the worst-case scenarios. Throughout, he gives an understanding of desert climate and seasons, and the unique plants and creatures at home in it. Bruce Grubbs has explored the Southwest for more than 35 years as a hiker, climber, mountain biker, kayaker, and cross-country skier. A contributing editor for The Sojourner, the online magazine of the Adventure Radio Society, Grubbs has also contributed to Backpacker magazine's Know How and Weekend Wilderness sections. He is the author of Best Loop Hikes: Arizona, among other titles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898869736
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Backpacker Magazine Series
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Disappointed

    This book promises to instruct anyone on how to hike and bike the desert safely. As a broad overview to some (not all) desert travel it is sufficient, but I found it lacking in many subjects crucial to remote desert hikers. Trip/water planning, gear prep, trip nav, map and GPS, first aid, etc. could have all used a lot more material. Coverage of some deserts was lacking. The author professes not to like heat very much, and the book does veer more toward coverage of 'high' deserts like the Great Basin at the expense of others. And forget anything outside the U.S., as it's not covered here. I probably would have liked this book better had I not read the Ultimate Desert Handbook, which covers the same subjects a lot more thoroughly, not to mention more desert regions in America and around the world.

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