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

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

by John Hart
     
 

The ultimate manual for wilderness travelers and campers, Walking Softly in the Wilderness is the groundbreaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience that leaves nature undisturbed.
In recent years backpacking gear and practices have undergone many changes, and all are noted and expertly evaluated by author

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Overview

The ultimate manual for wilderness travelers and campers, Walking Softly in the Wilderness is the groundbreaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience that leaves nature undisturbed.
In recent years backpacking gear and practices have undergone many changes, and all are noted and expertly evaluated by author John Hart in this new edition. Covering the latest in "ultralight" gear choices, as well as downloadable maps, portable GPS devices, and the world of online information, Hart is a sure-footed guide to this changing scene.
The qualities that established this guide as the bible of camp and trail have also been polished and honed: its level-headed advice on trip planning and packing; insights for getting the most from a wilderness trip, whether a challenging mountain scramble or a leisurely family outing; and wisdom about dealing with the unexpected, from bears to flash floods to injuries. Seventy line drawings illustrate topics ranging from bear-bagging to rigging a tarp shelter. Extensive resource listings include wilderness agencies, gear suppliers, and online information sources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578051236
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
04/11/2005
Series:
Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
4.48(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.24(d)

Table of Contents

1Backpacking in the twenty-first century2
2Breaking in9
3The gear you need & how to choose it16
4Boots31
5Clothing48
6The pack64
7The bed84
8Shelter101
9Stove & kitchen118
10The rest of the load138
11Designing the trip154
12Planning food & fuel167
13Packing & preparations177
14To the trailhead188
15Life on your own two feet192
16Finding the way207
17Making camp234
18Fire & food244
19Shelter & bed261
20Sanitation & clean water269
21Breaking camp281
22Ultralight & other variants286
23Desert, canyon & coastline travel301
24The winter wilderness313
25Hiking & camping with kids342
26Trouble!356
27Some common medical problems364
28Threats from the environment373
29Problem animals & plants385
30Where the wild things are412
31Toward a wilderness forever443

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