The Essential Backpacker: A Complete Guide for the Foot Traveler

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9780071354370: The Essential Backpacker: A Complete Guide for the Foot Traveler

Featuring veteran hiker and popular author Adrienne Hall’s signature fusion of expert advice, confidence-building anecdotes and insider information, The Essential Backpacker is the ideal beginner’s guide for the millions who hit the hiking trail for the first time each year. Focusing on the basics but also providing a taste of advanced backpacking techniques, this clear-cut, handsomely illustrated handbook is packed with resources and allows novices to progress comfortably from debut day-hike to ambitious long-distance trek.

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The Essential Series--Your Trusted Guides

As a self-sufficient backpacker, you can go wherever your feet will take you--to a wildflower meadow, a mountain summit, or the shore of a moonlit lake. The Essential Backpacker provides a clear and thorough education in backpacking, guiding you through hiking skills, what to take and how to carry it, and how to deal with the challenges of the trail. Other features include:

  • Planning a weekend or long-distance hike
  • Backpacking solo or with companions--including children and dogs
  • Route-finding skills and safety techniques
  • Tips on equipment, camping, food preparation, and minimizing your environmental impact

Featuring veteran hiker Adrienne Hall's fusion of expert advice, confidence-building anecdotes, and insider information, The Essential Backpacker is the ideal guide for anyone planning to hit the hiking trail for the first time. This straightforward handbook focuses on the basics while providing a taste of advanced backpacking techniques. And it's packed with the resources hikers need to progress comfortably from day hikes to long-distance treks.

About the Author:

Adrienne Hall began backpacking at age 11. She has hiked in the Rocky Mountains, the Virginia Blue Ridge, and Europe, and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Colorado Trail. She spent a season as a backcountry ranger in the Alaska Denali wilderness, and is the author of Backpacking: A Woman's Guide and A Journey North: One Woman's Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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