Youve always wanted to get away from it all. Your future father-in-law asks you to join him on a four-day hike. Your trusty backpack just doesnt fit the way it used to, youre not sure where your tent poles are, and your toes stick through your boots. You want to impress the guy, but how do you get your act together and fast? With more than 50 brands of packs and 30 brands of boots, each with multitudes of styles (not to mention tents, sleeping bags, stoves, water filters ), the task of figuring out what to purchase can be daunting. Then there are the intangibles picking a campsite, reading a topographic map, planning meals. Where to begin?
Major advances in technology make old equipment obsolete and confuse the newcomer. The information gap can be filled through hours of reading a stack of information resources and multiple trips to retail stores, or with one book. Backpacking for Beginners provides the information needed to make informed decisions on everything from boots to bags, in mountains and deserts.
And that is just equipment. What about everything else? It too is here. Trip preparation, what do when the trip is over, and everything in between is included. I take the approach that new backpackers shouldnt be left out in the cold (literally and figuratively) and have included what they need to know. Want a recommended short hike? Check out my Top Ten Hikes list. Need to know a few knots, a few websites, or how to use a map and compass? Backpacking for Beginners has included it.
Chapter 1: Thinking Through Your Trip
Chapter 2: During the Trip
Chapter 3: Home Again
Chapter 4: Backpacks
Chapter 5: Stoves
Chapter 6: Tents and Other Shelters
Chapter 7: Sleeping Bags
Chapter 8: Boots - Travel by Diesel Power!
Chapter 9: Clothing
Chapter 10: Other Equipment
Chapter 11: Lo-Impact Camping Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Chapter 12: Using A Map and Compass
Chapter 13: A Few Useful Knots
Chapter 14: Ten Outdoor Web Sites I Use Most
Chapter 15: Ten Outdoor Related Books or Magazines to Read
Chapter 16: Ten Things to Do In Your Tent When Its Raining
Chapter 17: Ten Great Hikes
Chapter 18: Ten Favorite Backpacking Helpful Hints
Chapter 19: Ten Environmental Good Causes
Chapter 20: Ten Items for Your Repair Kit