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Backpacker's Handbook

Backpacker's Handbook - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0071423205

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ISBN13: 978-0071423205
ISBN10: 0071423206
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 05
Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press
Published: 2005
International: No

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Backpacker's Handbook - 3RD 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0071423205

Chris Townsend

ISBN13: 978-0071423205
ISBN10: 0071423206
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 05
Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

This enormously practical guide includes everything from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys--such as how to ford rivers safely and how to choose a route through untracked terrain. As a gear advisor, this book is unequaled. You'll find the last word on: -

  • How to choose packs and footwear--and make sure they fit
  • What clothing to take on the trail
  • Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear
  • GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices
  • And much more

Now in its third edition, The Backpacker's Handbook also covers desert hiking, ultralight backpacking, and adventure trekking in distant corners of the globe. Indeed, there is little about backpacking Chris Townsend does not cover. This trusted reference will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of backpacking the wilderness.

Table of Contents

1. Preparing for the Trail

Fitness
The Art of Walking
Going Alone
Slackpacking and Fastpacking
Planning

2. The Load on Your Back: Choosing and Using Equipment

Weight
Checklists
Choosing and Buying
Final Thoughts

3. Footwear and Wilderness Travel

About Footwear
Footwear Types
Fitting Boots and Shoes
Footwear Materials and Construction
Footwear Models and Choices
Care of Footwear
Foot Care
Socks
Gaiters
Overboots
Campwear
Trekking Poles and Staffs
Ice Axes
Crampons
Skis and Snowshoes

4. Carrying the Load: The Pack

Types of Packs
Suspension Systems
Fitting the Pack
Packbags
Materials
Durability
Packing
Putting on the Pack
Pack Care
Pack Accessories

5. Keeping Warm and Dry: Dressing for the Wilderness

Heat Loss and Heat Production
The Layer System
The Vapor-Barrier Theory
Legwear
Headgear
Gloves and Mittens
Bandannas
Carrying Clothes
Fabric Treatment and Care

6. Shelter: Camping in the Wilderness

Bivouac Bags
Tarps
Groundsheets
Tents
Pitches and Pitching: Minimum-Impact Camping
Tent Care
Wilderness Shelters
Snow Caves
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Other Comforts

7. The Wilderness Kitchen

Food and Drink
Water
The Camp¿re
Stoves
Utensils
Siting the Kitchen

8. Comfort and Safety in Camp and on the Trail

Light
Health and Body Care
Equipment Maintenance and Repair
In Case of Emergency
Office
Binoculars and Monoculars
Photography
Entertainment

9. On the Move: Skills and Hazards

Finding the Way
Coping with Terrain
Minimizing Impact
Wilderness Hazards
Dealing with Animals
Hunters

10. Adventure Travel: Backpacking Abroad

Information and Planning
Organized Trips
Immunizations and Health
Food and Supplies
Insurance
Different Cultures
A Final Word
Appendixes
1. Equipment Checklist
2. Suggested Reading
3. Resources
4. Metric Conversions

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