Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking / Edition 4

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Overview

"This is the groundbreaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience that leaves nature undisturbed. Since it was last revised in 1998, backpacking gear and practices have undergone many changes, subtle and large - all noted and expertly evaluated by author John Hart in this new edition." A sure-footed guide to this changing scene, Hart remains in touch with its deeper realities. The qualities that established this guide as the bible of camp and trail have been polished and honed: its levelheaded advice on gear selection, packing, and trip planning; its insights for getting the most from a wilderness trip, whether a challenging mountain scramble or a leisurely outing with family; its wisdom about dealing with the unexpected, from bears to flash floods to injuries.

Complete guide for both novic and veteran backpackers who want to explore the wilderness expertly and gently.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578051236
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Publication date: 4/11/2005
  • Series: Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,010,136
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hart
John Hart is the author of Hiking the Great Basin and Storm Over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future. He lives in Sonoma County, California.
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Table of Contents

1 Backpacking in the twenty-first century 2
2 Breaking in 9
3 The gear you need & how to choose it 16
4 Boots 31
5 Clothing 48
6 The pack 64
7 The bed 84
8 Shelter 101
9 Stove & kitchen 118
10 The rest of the load 138
11 Designing the trip 154
12 Planning food & fuel 167
13 Packing & preparations 177
14 To the trailhead 188
15 Life on your own two feet 192
16 Finding the way 207
17 Making camp 234
18 Fire & food 244
19 Shelter & bed 261
20 Sanitation & clean water 269
21 Breaking camp 281
22 Ultralight & other variants 286
23 Desert, canyon & coastline travel 301
24 The winter wilderness 313
25 Hiking & camping with kids 342
26 Trouble! 356
27 Some common medical problems 364
28 Threats from the environment 373
29 Problem animals & plants 385
30 Where the wild things are 412
31 Toward a wilderness forever 443
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking

    This book expounds endlessly on how best to limit the impact of people on the backcountry in the very best traditions of the Sierra Club. It's more of a philosophy book than a 'how to' book. If anyone wants to learn how to backpack and/or camp, he would be better advised to buy the several books by Karen Berger and Chris Townsend, in particular The Backpackers Handbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking

    The original edition of this book was published in 1977 and it and the succeeding editions are sponsored by the Sierra Club. If you are a supporter of the eco values of the Sierra Club, that is reason enough to buy the book and you will be completely in sync with the authors basic proposition that we should care for the backpacking environment. I agreed with that thought in the first edition and still agree with it all these years later in this edition. Having said that, I do not value this book highly and do not recommend it to anyone, specifically not to novice backpackers. Here is the problem; the book expends the vast majority of its pages in the detailed listing of the component parts of gear such as packs, boots or tents and spends almost no time in telling you how to utilize the gear efficiently. The very essence of backpacking is doing. Putting the pack on and going. This book goes to great lengths to itemize the various straps on a backpack but really glosses over the where and how to use it and all the other gear associated with backpacking. In other words, it definitely is not a 'how to' book. For that, I recommend 'The Backpacker's Handbook' by Chris Townsend.

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