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The Backpacker’s Handbook, 4th Edition

November 29, 2015 - Comment

What you need to know before you hit the trails Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote

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What you need to know before you hit the trails

Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys. The Backpacker’s Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. 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

Reviews from previous editions
“The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere.”
–Backpack (UK)
“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)

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Comments

Vic says:

Excellent reference I purchased this book after getting interested in hunting. A hunter is also a hiker, and I found plenty of good advice in this book applicable for hunters. 

Michael A. Ray says:

Leans toward the hard-core, traditional backpacker It’s been about 9 months since I read through the book so it’s no longer fresh, but I did make some notes as I read it on things that stuck out or that I questioned. Overall, it’s well written and the author is quite well-known and experienced. However, his experience is mainly with long trips with a fair bit of off-trail work, which corresponds to maybe 1% of the backpackers out there. Unlike Andrew Skurka, another accomplished long distance, off-trail backpacker, Chris Townsend has…

Peter Robinson says:

Mostly good but. sections are missing from the kindle version The book has lots of great tips and information. I bought the kindle version and there are sections that are not properly formatted and so are unreadable, with white text on a white background. Don’t buy the kindle version!

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