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The Backpacker's Handbook
by Chris Townsend
This guide offers essential information and advice on all aspects of backpacking and hiking, covering all backpacking styles, from short to long-distance hiking. This edition contains new material on trekking in challenging environments such as deserts and mountains.
Winner of the Outdoor Writers Guild award for excellence, this inspired guide from one of the world's best-traveled adventurers offers essential, up-to-the-minute information and advice on all aspects of backcountry trekking for hikers and backpackers of every stripe. From planning and techniques to gear, it's all covered in succinct, highly readable fashion in an expanded, visually arresting update of a proven bestseller. The Backpacker's Handbook is the only major guide to deliver an in-depth look at all backpacking styles, from ultralight to long-distance hiking. New material on trekking in challenging environments such as deserts and mountains will appeal to hikers who love to push the envelope. Chris Townsend's anecdotal style makes for a book that invites reading from cover to cover, yet is designed to let readers find specific topics quickly. The Backpacker's Handbook teaches us how to make traveling through the wild truly enjoyable and fulfilling while protecting its natural beauty.
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Chris Townsend (Granton-on-Spey, Scotland), an internationally recognized rough-terrain hiker, is the author of several books, including Wilderness Skiing and Winter Camping and Backpackers Handbook, Second Edition.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Into the Wilderness1. Preparing for the TrailFitnessThe Art of WalkingGoing AloneSlackpacking and PowerhikingPlanning2. Choosing and Using EquipmentWeightChecklistsChoosing and BuyingFinal Thoughts3. Footwear and Wilderness TravelBoots and Shoes: Purpose and FitFootwear Types, Materials, and ConstructionFootwear Care and RepairSocksGaitersCampwearTrekking Poles and StaffsIce AxCramponsSkis and SnowshoesFootcare4. Carrying the Load: The PackTypes of PacksSuspension SystemsFitting the PackPackbagsMaterialsDurabilityPackingPutting on the PackPack CarePack Accessories5. Keeping Warm and Dry: Dressing for the WildernessHeat Loss and Heat ProductionThe Layer SystemThe Vapor-Barrier TheoryLegwearHeadwearGloves and MittsBandannasCarrying ClothesFabric Treatment and Care6. Shelter: Camping in the WildernessBivouac BagsTarpsGroundsheetsTentsDesignPitches and Pitching: Minimum-Impact CampingTent CareWilderness SheltersSnow CavesSleeping BagsMats and Pillows7. The Wilderness KitchenFood and DrinkWaterThe CampfireStovesUtensilsSiting the Kitchen8. Comfort and Safety in Camp and on the TrailLightCandlesHealth and Body CareEquipment Maintenance and RepairKnifeIn Case of EmergencyOfficeBinocularsPhotographyEntertainment9. On the Move: Skills and HazardsFinding the WayCoping with TerrainMinimizing ImpactWilderness HazardsDealing with AnimalsHuntersBackpacking with Children10. Adventure Travel: Backpacking AbroadInformation and PlanningOrganized TipsImmunizations and HealthFood and SuppliesInsuranceDifferent CulturesInternal TravelA Final WordAppendices1. Equipment Checklist2. Suggested Reading3. Useful Addresses4. Metric ConversionsIndex
The Backpacker's Handbook by Chris Townsend
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