What you must understand earlier than you hit the trails
Whether you're backpacking for the 1st time or a veteran follower of the paths, this tremendously sensible consultant comprises every thing you want to understand, from crucial strategies resembling map and compass paintings to the talents wanted for extra distant wasteland trips. The Backpacker's Handbook additionally can provide the most recent details on equipment. you will find the ultimate on:
- How to settle on packs and footwear―and confirm they healthy
- What garments to tackle the path
- Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and different apparatus
- GPS, cellphones, and different digital units
- And even more
Reviews from past editions
"The most modern and accomplished consultant to gear and method on hand anywhere."
"A transparent and entire primer on backpacking apparatus. Townsend's wisdom is immense."
"Belongs in each bookcase facing open air themes. . . . Chockablock jam-packed with helpful, useful, common-sense details. . . . for those who tramp the outside, get this book."
"For these deliberating taking a backpack trip, The Backpacker's Handbook is needed reading."
―Daily neighborhood News (West Chester, PA)
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