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Backpacker's Handbook

Backpacker's Handbook - 3rd edition

Backpacker's Handbook - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780071423205

ISBN10: 0071423206

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press
International: No

ISBN13: 9780071423205

ISBN10: 0071423206

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05

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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

Table of Contents

1. Preparing for the Trail

The Art of Walking
Going Alone
Slackpacking and Fastpacking

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

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
Trekking Poles and Staffs
Ice Axes
Skis and Snowshoes

4. Carrying the Load: The Pack

Types of Packs
Suspension Systems
Fitting the Pack
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
Gloves and Mittens
Carrying Clothes
Fabric Treatment and Care

6. Shelter: Camping in the Wilderness

Bivouac Bags
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
The Camp¿re
Siting the Kitchen

8. Comfort and Safety in Camp and on the Trail

Health and Body Care
Equipment Maintenance and Repair
In Case of Emergency
Binoculars and Monoculars

9. On the Move: Skills and Hazards

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

10. Adventure Travel: Backpacking Abroad

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

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