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National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent map! Up-to-date, includes reroute of the southern section. The Nat Geo maps are the new benchmark in trail maps. Full review

Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas

rated 5 of 5 stars The is a great, extremely light, pocket atlas/set of maps for doing the John Muir Trail. I picked up Erik the Black's Ultralight trail guide for the JMT last summer for use on a couple of section hikes I was doing. The trail guide is only about 2.5 oz, very thin, and about the same dimensions as most paperback books available now days. Each of the maps in the guide include an elevation profile, information on camp and water locations along with a variety of other information useful during your hike… Full review

National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are contemplating thru-hiking the John Muir Trail (or any section of it), this John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide does an excellent job of gathering all the needed information for planning, plus having detailed maps of the entire trail and surrounding terrain. Comparison of size of National Geographic Yosemite map with the John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide (USGS 1:250,000 map in background) Background: I have to confess up front that, despite having hiked and climbed on all seven continents,… Full review

The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound)

rated 4 of 5 stars "The AT Guide" by David (Awol) Miller is one of the most comprehensive and easy guides I have used. The guide lists services to get you to Georgia and local hostels and services to get you home from Maine. It lists the water sources and has detailed maps of towns for resupply and rest. It also lists shuttle suppliers and outfitters to exchange or repair gear. Kennels close to the trail are listed for those with hiking buddies.. It's revised yearly because costs change from service providers. It's… Full review

Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin'

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Lipsmackin' Backpackin' is a look at the recipes and menu planning of the Long Distance Backpacker. The book takes you from Breakfast to Drinks and all in between. The recipes are easy to follow and instructions, but the key item you will need is a dehydrator to put together your meals. They also have a page on meal systems for people who like to plan by the day. CopyRight: 2000  ISBN:13-978-1-56044-881-5 I've had Lipsmackin' Backpackin' for well over a year. It's been one of the many cookbooks… Full review

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A notebook that is tough enough for trail use. It held up to a day and a half of rain on the Ice Age Trail, all the while I was taking notes. Instead of hauling field guides (only ONCE did I do that, never again) I draw and measure and note the bits of nature that I will look up at home. Full review

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been using these memo books for years for work and as a trail journal. The book is bomb-proof as far as weather and wear/tear are concerned, and just the right size for your belt or back pocket. For those who still like to jot notes on the trail or at camp, I can't recommend any other field journals more, and I have used many. I like to take notes as I walk in the woods: random thoughts, notes on gear for my next Trailspace review, brilliant ideas (well, at least they seem that way at the… Full review

Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great resource for 100 of the most iconic hikes in our National Parks. Excellent skills sections. Beta on each hike from finding the trailhead to GPS coordinates. With the celebration of the 100th anniversary of our National Parks this year, it is timely to see the publication of the hiking guide The National Parks Coast to Coast, 100 Best Hikes. I was quite intrigued to see what hikes would be considered 100 of the best hikes of our National Parks. This nicely organized book starts with a two-page… Full review

National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map

rated 4 of 5 stars Great for driving and planning, not really a hiking map. Map number 229. This is a great map for planning a trip to the Smokies, and useful to use with a hiking guide or trip advisor to find certain locations in the park. It is also great for driving around to know where you are and where you are going. It does show many marked trails, but isn't really a hiking map. One side shows the east side of the park, the other side the west side, with about 5 miles of overlap. 50 foot elevation contours don't… Full review

Top-Rated Books and Maps

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Climbing Book
$30 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$10 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails Northville-Placid Trail US Northeast Guidebook
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book / Guidebook
$26
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rick La Belle Rock Climbs of Central Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map US South Paper Map
$12
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Outdoor Journal
$6 - $10
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
HarperCollins Les Stroud Survive First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$20
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin' Cookbook
$17
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$12
The Mountaineers Books Extreme Alpinism Climbing Book
$28 - $29
Falcon Guides Self-Rescue First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, Trails US Pacific States Guidebook
$33
The Mountaineers Books Denali National Park - The Complete Visitors Guide US Pacific States Guidebook
$20
Silva Be Expert with Map & Compass Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$22
Falcon Guides Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters Climbing Book
$18
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire and Vermont US Northeast Guidebook
$28
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20 - $24
Waterford Press Medicinal Plants Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Northern Virginia Map-North US South Paper Map
$10
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes - Blue Ridge Parkway US South Guidebook
$10
Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Grand Canyon River Guide US Mountain States Guidebook
$23
NOLS Wilderness Ethics Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
Longstreet Press Highroad Guide to the Vermont Mountains US Northeast Guidebook
$11
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer US South Paper Map
$25
Adirondack Mountain Club Pachaug State Forest Trail Map, CT US Northeast Paper Map
$10
Bondcliff Books The 4,000-Footers of the White Mountains: A Guide and History US Northeast Guidebook
$25
The Mountaineers Books Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River Guidebook
$25
National Geographic Springer and Cohutta Mountains Trail Map US South Paper Map
$8
Seneca Press Garden State Canoeing US Northeast Guidebook
$16
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
DeLorme Florida Atlas and Gazatteer US South Paper Map
$25
National Geographic Cades Cove/Elkmont Trail Map - Great Smoky Mountains National Park US South Paper Map
$10
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume 2 US Pacific States Guidebook
$28
Avalon Travel Take a Hike New York City US Northeast Guidebook
$17
 
The Mountaineers Books Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2014 Climbing Book
$35
National Geographic Yosemite National Park Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$12
 
Adirondack Mountain Club Carolina & Burlingame Wildlife Management Areas Map US Northeast Paper Map
$7
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes US Northeast Guidebook / US South Guidebook
$17
Menasha Ridge Press 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston US Northeast Guidebook
$19
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17
National Geographic Old Forge/Oswegatch Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$10 - $11
Falcon Guides Crack Climbing Climbing Book
$20
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