The L.L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook is the ultimate beginner's guide to exploring the great outdoors. Stocked with commonsense advice and an assortment of illuminating, full-color photographs, this volume addresses all the essentials, including packing the appropriate clothing and equipment; choosing the right hike based on topography, destination, and fitness level; navigating in the wilderness; pitching a sound tent; viewing wildlife without risk; animal-proofing the campsite; packing effectively, and more. With valuable information ranging from no-trace camping to the best health and safety procedures, the L.L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook will prepare you well for your next adventure in the wild.