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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking provides an easy-to-read, simple-to-understand, enjoyable overview! Sidebar notes provide additional information, while the short, topical paragraphs provide a wide range of coverage. 352 indexed pages, softcover.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide
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Backpacking remains one of the most popular, and inexpensive, outdoor activities in America. The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Backpacking and Hiking helps anyone prepare and plan for a rewarding adventure.
Covers planning, training, shopping, and packing for the trip
How to live on the trail
First aid and other safety tips
Practical time- and money-saving hints
What gear is necessary-and what isn't
Special considerations when traveling with groups or pets
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking
Getting started with shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night.
Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and Types
Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group.
Chapter 3: Camping Overnight
The complete guide to a comfortable night's sleep at parks, campgrounds, and backcountry tent-sites.
Chapter 4: Backpacking Basics
Getting deeper into the woods, mountains, or wherever you want to explore by carrying everything you need on your back.
Chapter 5: Training Your Body for the Trail
Everyday fitness routines to get you in shape for any level of hiking.
Chapter 6: Never Get Lost (Again)
Easy-to-follow map, compass, and GPS tutorials to keep you on the right trail.
Chapter 7: Essentials for Every Trip
The lifesaving gear you should never leave home without.
Chapter 8: Welcome to Gear World
Expert advice on how to buy high-quality and long-lasting equipment.
Chapter 9: Footwear Fundamentals
Finding hiking boots or trail shoes guaranteed to keep your feet happy and blister-free.
Chapter 10: Outdoor Clothing 101
Smart layering advice for weather that's either fair or foul.
Chapter 11: Hauling Your Gear: Daypacks and Weekend Packs
The surefire guide to finding and loading the ideal backpack.
Chapter 12: Shelter from the Storm
Building the perfect sleep system by combining tents, sleeping bags, and ground pads.
Chapter 13: The Outdoor Kitchen
Cooking advice and recipes to fuel every hike and hiker.
Chapter 14: Liquid Refreshment
Where to find water and how to make it safe to drink.
Chapter 15: Hygiene on the Trail
Sensible strategies to keep clean on the trail.
Chapter 16 How to Survive
The no-panic plan on how to respond when trouble arises.
Chapter 17: First Aid
The on-trail prescription to fix blisters, bumps, and bruises.
Chapter 18: The Wild Things
Keeping encounters with poisonous plants and wildlife at a safe but exciting distance.
Chapter 19: High-Country Hazards
Hiking and camping tips for more challenging trails and terrain.
Chapter 20: Expanding Your Skills
Where to seek your next great adventure.
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-Jonathan Dorn, editor-in-chief, Backpacker magazine