Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Guide

Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Guide

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Smart, instructive, and beautifully designed, every book in the Trailside Guide series contains the essential information readers need to master outdoor activities and have fun in the process.

Norton proudly reissues these best-selling guides with fully revised "Sources & Resources" sections (including where to find the Web sites, gear, services, books, clubs, and organizations that make for foolproof outings); updates to reflect the latest in gear technology, wilderness medicine, and first aid; and advances in techniques. You can take it with you: Trailside Guides are designed to be used on the trail. Their handy size makes them easy to take along on outdoor adventures. Picture this: Trailside Guides show you how it's done. Each book has more than 100 color photographs and dozens of informative, full-color technical illustrations you'll refer to again and again. Buying Guide: Each Guide has all the information readers need to make informed decisions about what gear is available, and what they should buy. Step-by-step: Tutorials take readers through every aspect of a given outdoor activity. Each Guide covers planning and preparing for a trip, getting in shape, technique, safety, and first-aid tips, and how to have more fun along the way! Easy to use: Trailside Guides provide information quickly. Every book contains detailed illustrations, information-packed sidebars, and a complete index and bibliography. Technique tips: Any physical activity is more fun when it's done right. Trailside Guides are written by experts and contain lucid explanations that help the reader quickly achieve proficiency. It's a big world out there. Get into it with the Trailside Guides.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393313345
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Trailside Guides Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 663,789
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karen Berger, author of the best-selling Hiking and Backpacking: A Trailside Guide, has hiked over 15,000 miles, including the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.

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Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Guide 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RaisedOnTheTrail More than 1 year ago
Despite the authors almost poetic start to the book, she quickly gets to the point and is very comical. Easy to read, not overly technical for those who are just starting out. This book isn't slammed with a ton of info to overwhelm the reader if they are just starting out on the subject. A great stepping stone and a good book to "plant the seed" if you will.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. It is easy to read and follow with well defined chapters and great photos. For someone who is just getting into backpacking this book is a must have. It goes over just about everything you need to know about backpacking in a concise and entertaining manner from the physical technicalities of hiking to gear- what to wear, how to wear it, what to bring, how to pack it as well as going into choosing the right kinds of gear to suit your specific needs. Food, insects and wildlife, and finding your way 'using map and compass' is also covered. It is incredibly informative without becoming complicated and tedious to read. I highly recommend this book... read it before your adventure begins and take it along to use as a guide along the way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never backpacked, and I was flirting with the idea. This book was so insightful and extremely entertaining, it excited me so much about backpacking that I am now ready to get my own gear and hit the trails! Very inspirational!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife and I read this book from cover to cover the first night we purchased it! Karen Berger combines wit and wisdom along with real-life stories to demonstrate the best (and worst) way to hit the trail. There are guidelines on equipment and packing, as well as useful information on navigation and hiking. However, the book only briefly covers personal hygiene, including the best Leave No Trace (LNT) methods of cleaning the campsite and gear. One of the nicest features of this book is it¿s compact size and waterproof (resistant?) pages and cover. Perfect for fitting into a backpack.