Encyclopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills

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This definitive guidebook to the outdoors is the most comprehensive reference to backcountry know-how available. From expert authors with more than 40 years of wilderness experience, the Encyclopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills covers all terrains, climates, and situations.

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Knowledge, Skills, and Lore for the Whole Outdoors

Whether you're interested in hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking and canoeing, climbing, mountain biking or any other wilderness activity, the Encylopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills provides fast, easy access to everything you need to know before you enter the wilderness. Its concise yet thorough entries offer authoritative coverage of more than 450 wilderness-related topics, from Edward Abbey to Z-drag.

Written by expert authors with a combined total of more than forty years' experience living, teaching, and guiding groups in the wilderness, this comprehensive guide is completely cross-referenced for quick access to relevant entries. You'll find detailed, reliable information on:

Lining rapids; Carrying loads; Fording streams; Crossing avalanche country; Avoiding bear attacks; Building snow shelters; Navigating deserts; Mountaineering; Treating hypothermia; Evacuation techniques; Long-distance hiking; Rappelling; Leave No Trace principles; And much more

About the Author:

Chris Townsend, author of The Backpacker's Handbook, The Advanced Backpacker, and Backpacker's Pocket Guide, is one of the world's best-known and most experienced rough-terrain hikers.

Annie Aggens has led several wilderness expeditions in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and British Columbia. She has also skied to the North Pole and has guided numerous kayaking, canoeing, climbing, backpacking, and dogsledding trips in the United States.

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