Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking
Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking  -     By: Justin Lichter
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: FalconGuides
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.50 (inches)
ISBN: 076278783X
ISBN-13: 9780762787838

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Publisher's Description

Justin Lichter, a.k.a. Trauma, divulges hundreds of valuable tips and advice based on his more than 35,000 miles of hiking across the country and beyond. Trail Tested is a comprehensive guide to hiking and backpacking. Whether you're a new hiker looking for expert advice, an experienced hiker looking to hone your skills, or a thru-hiker gearing up for a 6-month trip, this book is packed with priceless information to make your trip a successful and comfortable one.

Vibrant images from Trauma's treks will entice all readers of all skill levels to get out and enjoy the backcountry. You'll learn why getting the right gear and learning outdoor skills are integral to making the most out of your next backpacking trip. Some topics included in this guide are:
* Gear advice, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, ultralight shetlers, and clothing
 Gear maintenance and repair
Ultralight tips for novices to gram-counters
 Low-impact camping and hiking
Campsite selection
 Hiking with dogs
Navigating the backcountry
 Winter camping
 First aid
* Weather forecasting
* Advanced techniques for creating routes, cross-country hiking, fording rivers, multi-sport adventures, and animal encounters

Author Bio

Justin Lichter has hiked more than 35,000 miles since 2002, including thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail, International AT, Eastern Continental Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Great Divide Trail, as well as treks in the Southern Alps, New Zealand, Africa, Iceland, and the Himalaya Range. He is a “Triple Crowner,” having hiked the ECT, PCT, and CDT (more than 10,000 miles) in one year. He has been published in Trail Runner, Backpacker, Backpacking Light, AtlasOmega, Adventure Post, and Justin has a BA in Geography and expects to complete his Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB in June 2013. He is also a gear tester for multiple manufacturers and has aided in award-winning gear designs. Justin has been sponsored by: MontBell, Granite Gear, Princeton Tec, Icebreaker, Evernew, LaraBar, C.A.M.P., Leki, Garmont, SteriPen, Smith Optics, Sanuk, Primal, Nat Geo Maps, and Fits. Check him out at

Editorial Reviews

"The best modern backpacker's guide, bar none.", "Christmas Shopping for the Backpacker on Your List"

"One of the most comprehensive looks into the world of hiking ever created by one of the sport’s most accomplished athletes. Trail Tested is an excellent guide for any hiking enthusiast from beginner to expert. Learn in one exciting read what it took Trauma thousands and thousands of hard-earned miles to learn." –Eric Larsen, Polar Explorer, Educator, and Lecturer, Outside magazine’s Eco All Star (2008)

"A must-add gear guide for your backpacking book collection." –

"Not your typical how-to book… [Trail Tested will] give you all of the tips and advice you need to get out there and experience what the great sport of hiking and backpacking has to offer.", 4.5-star review

"There is no one I would trust more than Trauma to give valuable and experienced advice on hiking. In my opinion, Trauma offers the right compromise between comfort and necessity when it comes to ultralight hiking. His methods and experience will allow you to go as light and far as possible without exposing yourself to undo risk in the backcountry in the US and abroad." --Jeff Knight, Granite Gear CEO, Co-founder, and Designer

"Equally at home on a coffee table or as an educational tutorial, Trail Tested is a must-read for anyone passionate about outdoor pursuits and exploration. Through a stunning array of striking photography, personal anecdotes, and definitive know-how, Trauma's comprehensive manual sets a new standard and reaches audiences from the novice camper to the intrepid trekker, impelling them to seek wild places on their own." --Shawn "Pepper" Forry, Triple Crowner, Outward Bound Lead Instructor

"Trail Tested is a visually stunning foray into the realities of long-distance hiking. Justin Lichter's 35,000 miles of hiking experience and trail-tested wisdom come through in every page. Trail Tested is great for both day hikers and hikers that will be out for many days!" --Lawton "Disco" Grinter, Triple Crowner, directed and edited The Walkumentary, author of I Hike

"Is there another man who has torn up, slashed, split, and/or ripped up more gear in so many varied environments in his lifetime? I don't believe so.... This book is probably the most important outdoor field guide that has come off the presses ince the first release of The Complete Walker, by Colin Fletcher, in 1968. The information contained within these pages will save you time, money, and many exhausting nights of confusion from surfing mindless Internet threads. Trauma... I tip my old and faded Tilly hat to you for a job well done." --Winton Porter, Georgia Author of the Year 2010 for Just Passin' Thru, owner of Mountain Crossings at Neels Gap on the Appalachian Trail

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