The Ultimate Desert Handbook: A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers, and Travelers

The Ultimate Desert Handbook: A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers, and Travelers

by G. Mark Johnson
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The Ultimate Desert Handbook: A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers, and Travelers by G. Mark Johnson

Discover the joys of desert camping, hiking, and travel

Harsh, yet hauntingly beautiful; arid, yet teeming with life; inhospitable, yet profoundly peaceful—the earth's deserts beckon the poet and the backpacker, the artist and the adventurer. If you're heading into the desert, however, you should know what to expect, what to look for, and how to withstand extreme desert conditions.

Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, The Ultimate Desert Handbook is your complete guide to hiking, exploration, and survival in fascinating but unforgiving desert terrain. It gives you the crucial information you need to make the most of any desert sojourn, including detailed descriptions of North American deserts, their plants and wildlife, and their distinctive geological features. You'll also find the most comprehensive tutorial on desert navigation ever published and expert advice on equipment, safety, and first-aid techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Select the perfect desert campsite
  • Manage your water supply
  • Share the landscape with desert wildlife
  • Maintain vehicles in desert conditions
  • Protect yourself with the right clothing and equipment
  • Be at home in a vast and elemental terrain

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071393034
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Mark Johnson has eighteen years of experience in desert hiking and exploration in North America and North Africa. A frequent writer and lecturer on the subject, he has been published in several magazines, including Four-Wheeler and Desert Survivor.

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The Ultimate Desert Handbook: A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers, and Travelers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is honestly the best book I've ever read on hiking, backpacking, 4WD travel, and mountain biking in desert areas. A big book, it covers both North America and world deserts, and provides much more specific information and advice than I've found in any other desert hiking books. Though not billed as a 'desert survival' book, there's actually more survival information in here than in a dedicated desert survival book (and the material isn't limited to U.S. deserts, either). No, this isn't a trail guide for a quick in-and-out foray on some manicured desert path, instead what you get is a very detailed how-to on learning the art of safely traveling the wildest and most remote desert areas - whether it's solo backpacking or planning a desert 4WD expedition. If that's what interests you, this is THE book to get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a convenient summary of what it takes to both enjoy your trip to the desert, and how to survive 'off the grid' if circumstances require you to do so. It's easy to read but packed with details that other authors just seem to pass over. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys camping, hiking or driving in the desert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have really learned alot from using this handbook as a reference. It is full of helpful suggestions and explanations. I have met the author. The University of Arizona had him come to their bookstore for a book signing. He is sharp, knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I received this book, I couldn't put it down. It is truly comprehensive and is not just applicable to desert hiking and camping. I am going to buy 4 extra copies to give as gifts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very clear, readable explanation of how-to safely explore desert areas. The author does an excellent job of covering all the technical topics of desert exploration and survival, without boring or overwhelming the reader. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift since I hike a lot of remote canyon country, and I love it. If you hike, backpack, or mountain bike the desert you ought to read this book. I especially liked the chapters on desert terrain, wildlife, and trip planning.