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DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer is an indispensable tool for the outdoors person when planning their next excursion. It is chock full of places to go for every type of outdoor activity, from where to camp including amenities at the campgrounds, places of interest for sightseeing, places to hunt and fish, and even includes species of interest, along with many other types of information. If you have not heard of it the Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer is an indispensable tool for the outdoors person when… Full review

Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Recipes, cookware, and tips for the UL-minded, much of which will also prove useful at other comfort levels. Ultra-hiker Andrew Skurka condenses his many thousands of miles worth of trail food wisdom into this little (37 page) book. I am reviewing the "Pre-edition v2" which I purchased as a $5 pdf file in early 2016. As of June 2017 the project still seems to be in the pre-edition phase (you can get the pdf here). The book opens with brief, first-person accounts of some "food-related mistakes" Skurka… Full review

Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way

rated 5 of 5 stars Compact and lightweight, yet it comes with a protective plastic cover and a map booklet reproducing Ordnance Survey mapping for the entire route. Sets the standard for other guidebook publishers. This guidebook is compact at 7 x 4.75 inches The contents of this Cicerone Press guidebook by Terry Marsh are fairly standard. There is a description of the route with 1:100,000 maps, as well as historical and general information about the towns, villages, and other landmarks that are encountered along… Full review

The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an excellent resource for information related to general mountaineering, but also for a broad range of topics from basic backcountry equipment and navigation, to rock and ice climbing, and a number of other associated topics. The most significant aspect of this book that sets it apart from other mountaineering/climbing references is not necessarily the specific material within the book, but how that content comes into being. This book is a great resource for any experienced back country… Full review

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

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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: 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: 4 of 5 (1)
The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound) Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$16
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
$13 - $16
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $11
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
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20
Waterford Press Medicinal Plants Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes - Blue Ridge Parkway US South Guidebook
$10 - $16
National Geographic Georgia Recreation Atlas US South Guidebook
$25
NOLS Wilderness Ethics Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer US South Paper Map
$20
Adirondack Mountain Club Pachaug State Forest Trail Map, CT US Northeast Paper Map
$10
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
$9
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Bogachiel Valley Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Seneca Press Garden State Canoeing US Northeast Guidebook
$16
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
 
The Mountaineers Books Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
Falcon Guides Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$17
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
National Geographic Mount Baker and Boulder River Wilderness Areas Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$11
National Geographic Yellowstone National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$12
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
$11
Falcon Guides Crack Climbing Climbing Book
$20
Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighters Association Black Forest Trail Guide US Northeast Guidebook
$13
Falcon Guides Hiking New Jersey US Northeast Guidebook
$20
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