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Backpacking 101: Choose the Right Gear, Plan Your Ultimate Trip, Cook Hearty and Energizing Trail Meals, Be Prepared for Emergencies, Conquer Your Backpacking Adventures

Backpacking 101: Choose the Right Gear, Plan Your Ultimate Trip, Cook Hearty and Energizing Trail Meals, Be Prepared for Emergencies, Conquer Your Backpacking Adventures

by Heather Balogh Rochfort


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From the creator of the Just a Colorado Gal blog comes a guide to help you plan for a fun backpacking experience.

It’s time to take a hike!

In Backpacking 101, outdoor expert Heather Balogh Rochfort goes step-by-step through the preparation process of hiking—from selecting the right gear to choosing the perfect destination. She also provides useful information for out on the trail, including how to

-Properly read a topographic map
-Set up an environmentally friendly campsite
-Safely interact with wildlife
-Handle being lost in the woods

With Backpacking 101 in your bag, you can be prepared for whatever comes your way during your trek—no matter what skill level you are. It’s the perfect resource for anyone ready for an outdoor adventure!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440595882
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 725,246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Heather Balogh Rochfort is an outdoor enthusiast, hiker, and trail runner. Her website, Just a Colorado Gal, has been voted one of the top five best hiking and outdoor travel blogs by USA TODAY. She is the gear editor for Backpacker magazine and writes for Gore-Tex’s Experience More magazine, as well as the Huffington Post. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Backpacking 101. Visit her blog JustaColoradoGal.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Mental and Physical Preparation 13

Choose an Appropriate Trail for Your Trip 14

Find the Perfect Partner 16

Find Your Fitness 18

Familiarize Yourself with the Ten Essentials 20

Practice Makes Perfect 25

Chapter Summary 31

Chapter 2 Appropriate Footwear 33

Day-Hiking Footwear 34

Backpacking Boots 36

Trail-Running Shoes 36

Components 37

Fit 45

Do Your Socks Really Matter? 46

Chapter Summary 48

Chapter 3 What to Wear 49

Outer Layer 50

Insulation 54

Base Layers 57

Pants 59

Accessories 62

Chapter Summary 65

Chapter 4 Packing Your Backpack 67

How Do You Choose a Backpack? 68

How to Properly Pack Your Backpack 75

Proper Care and Storage 79

Chapter Summary 81

Chapter 5 Navigation 83

Reading a Topo Map 85

Operating a Compass 88

GPS 96

Chapter Summary 99

Chapter 6 Food, Hydration, and Nutrition 101

What Type of Food Should You Bring on Your Trip? 102

How Much Food? 108

Hydration 109

Cooking Tools: Stoves 111

Backcountry Cookware 113

Chapter Summary 116

Chapter 7 Backcountry Etiquette 117

Leave No Trace 118

Trail Manners 125

Nighttime Behavior 128

Chapter Summary 130

Chapter 8 Camp Setup 131

Choosing a Campsite 132

Orientation of Your Site 134

The Environmental Impact of Your Campsite 137

Chapter Summary 140

Chapter 9 Setting Up Your Camp Kitchen 141

Determining the Location of Your Camp Kitchen 142

Keeping Your Food Safe from Wildlife 144

Disposing of Trash and Managing Food Scraps 149

Chapter Summary 153

Chapter 10 Pitching Your Tent 155

Tent Technology 157

How to Properly Pitch a Tent 167

Tent Alternatives 169

Proper Care and Storage 173

Chapter Summary 175

Chapter 11 Making Your Bed 177

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag 178

What Type of Sleeping Pad Should I Bring? 186

Features of a Sleeping Pad 190

Proper Care and Storage 191

Chapter Summary 193

Chapter 12 Backcountry Hygiene 195

How to Poop in the Woods 196

Staying Clean 201

Hiking As a Female 204

Chapter Summary 208

Chapter 13 Emergency Situations 209

Medical Emergencies 210

Repair Kir and Tools 213

Animal Encounters on the Trail 215

Lost in the Wilderness 221

Chapter Summary 223

Conclusion 225

Appendix A Trekking with Dogs 227

Physical Fitness 228

Food and Water 229

Dot Gear 230

Pup Sleeping Arrangements 232

Appendix B Field Notes 235

Appendix C U.S./Metric Conversion Chart 245

Index 249

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