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The Backpacker's Handbook,9780071423205

The Backpacker's Handbook

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780071423205

ISBN10:
0071423206
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/12/2004
Publisher(s):
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Summary

"The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."-Backpack (UK)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."A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."-Sierra "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."-Maine Sportsman "For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."-Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Author Biography

Chris Townsend (Scotland) leads hiking, climbing, and ski touring expeditions worldwide, including in Norway, Sweden, the Himalayas, and the Sierras. He is the author of The Advanced Backpacker and Backpacker's Pocket Guide and coauthor of the Encyclopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition v
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Into the Wilderness 1(396)
1. Preparing for the Trail
5(15)
Fitness
5(2)
The Art of Walking
7(3)
Going Alone
10(1)
Slackpacking and Fastpacking
11(2)
Planning
13(7)
2. The Load on Your Back: Choosing and Using Equipment
20(17)
Weight
22(7)
Checklists
29(2)
Choosing and Buying
31(5)
Final Thoughts
36(1)
3. Footwear and Wilderness Travel
37(59)
About Footwear
37(3)
Footwear Types
40(5)
Fitting Boots and Shoes
45(8)
Footwear Materials and Construction
53(11)
Footwear Models and Choices
64(3)
Care of Footwear
67(5)
Foot Care
72(1)
Socks
73(7)
Gaiters
80(1)
Overboots
81(1)
Campwear
81(2)
Trekking Poles and Staffs
83(5)
Ice Axes
88(2)
Crampons
90(3)
Skis and Snowshoes
93(3)
4. Carrying the Load: The Pack
96(33)
Types of Packs
97(5)
Suspension Systems
102(6)
Fitting the Pack
108(5)
Packbags
113(3)
Materials
116(2)
Durability
118(1)
Packing
119(3)
Putting on the Pack
122(3)
Pack Care
125(1)
Pack Accessories
125(4)
5. Keeping Warm and Dry: Dressing for the Wilderness
129(50)
Heat Loss and Heat Production
129(1)
The Layer System
130(33)
The Vapor-Barrier Theory
163(1)
Legwear
164(4)
Headgear
168(4)
Gloves and Mittens
172(3)
Bandannas
175(1)
Carrying Clothes
176(1)
Fabric Treatment and Care
176(3)
6. Shelter: Camping in the Wilderness
179(64)
Bivouac Bags
180(4)
Tarps
184(6)
Groundsheets
190(1)
Tents
190(20)
Pitches and Pitching: Minimum-Impact Camping
210(7)
Tent Care
217(1)
Wilderness Shelters
218(1)
Snow Caves
218(2)
Sleeping Bags
220(16)
Sleeping Pads
236(5)
Other Comforts
241(2)
7. The Wilderness Kitchen
243(82)
Food and Drink
243(20)
Water
263(14)
The Campfire
277(3)
Stoves
280(35)
Utensils
315(8)
Siting the Kitchen
323(2)
8. Comfort and Safety in Camp and on the Trail
325(32)
Light
325(8)
Health and Body Care
333(10)
Equipment Maintenance and Repair
343(3)
In Case of Emergency
346(4)
Office
350(2)
Binoculars and Monoculars
352(1)
Photography
352(3)
Entertainment
355(2)
9 On the Move: Skills and Hazards
357(40)
Finding the Way
357(20)
Coping with Terrain
377(4)
Minimizing Impact
381(2)
Wilderness Hazards
383(10)
Dealing with Animals
393(3)
Hunters
396(1)
10. Adventure Travel: Backpacking Abroad 397(9)
Information and Planning
399(3)
Organized Trips
402(1)
Immunizations and Health
402(1)
Food and Supplies
402(1)
Insurance
403(1)
Different Cultures
403(1)
Getting There
404(2)
A Final Word 406(1)
Appendixes
1. Equipment Checklist
407(2)
2. Further Reading
409(6)
3. Resources
415(17)
4. Metric Conversions
432(1)
Index 433


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