Hiking: The Essential Guide to Equipment and Techniques (Adventure Sports)

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"Hiking" is an introduction to a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the western world. Whether your preference is for an easy walk in the woods or a multi-day effort in the wilderness, there are certain things you need to know in order to make the most of the experience.This book provides all the information you will need to ensure a safe and pleasant walk. Chapters deal with how to plan anything from an overnight trail in bedded huts to an expedition requiring you to be more self-sufficient; how to assess your fitness level for the trail you have in mind; respecting the natural environment; gear requirements; simple navigation and essential first aid, as well as setting up and maintaining a campsite. Specialist skills and activities, such as fording fast-flowing rivers, walking in snow and ice, and hiking with dogs are also covered.The book concludes with a brief description of selected trails in Europe, the Americas, Africa, SE Asia and Australasia - enough to whet the appetite and make the reader want to get 'out there'. Throughout, the text is supported by inspiring photographs and specially commissioned illustrations to emphasize details or highlight the attractions that the wilderness holds for hikers.

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Author Jacques Marais has hiked widely through Africa as a photojournalist. His stories and articles are published regularly in magazines that cover adventure travel, outdoor sport and ecotourism. Jacques lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is a full-time writer and photographer.

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