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Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World

rated 5 of 5 stars This 48 page book is designed for novice and experienced backpackers who want to reduce their carrying weight and for the beginner who is looking for guidance. Enjoy nature’s world with less weight! Ultralight Backpacking in Nature’s World 2014.  It was written as a source for novice and experienced backpackers who wish to reduce the weight of their backpack load and to learn more of nature's world. It compares various choices in backpacking equipment and styles of living out of a backpack… Full review

Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

rated 2 of 5 stars The good/beneficial advice presented in this book simply cannot make up for the REALLY BAD opinions that the author brings forth as part of Ultralight (UL) backpacking. <<I borrowed it = Library book>> Opinions are like armpits--Everyone has a couple and some of them stink. The problem is when someone with stinky opinions gets himself published, many begin to accept those opinions as fact. Mike Clelland has had the good fortune of finding a publisher looking to cash in on the UL craze. Full review

The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping

rated 4 of 5 stars Very good book for beginners. This book gave an understanding of hammock camping. It gives you the knowledge to ask the questions you need to know. The reasons for not giving 5 stars is no book can answer all question. A must-read for anybody just starting in hammock camping. I recommend electronic copy from Amazon as it's cheaper. Full review

The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping

rated 5 of 5 stars Derek Hansen's "The Ultimate Hang" is a must read for anyone serious (or curious) about becoming a hammock hanger. Hansen thoroughly covers the information relevant to hammock camping in an easy-to-understand manner. The illustrations are both whimsical and informative, reminding the reader that hammock hanging is ultimately about enjoyment. This book should be in every hanger's library. Hammock camping is not an intuitive practice. While most people can pitch a tent and crawl into a sleeping bag,… Full review

Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Small and lightweight, it has all the key knots that an average backpacker, Boy Scout, or outdoors person may need. What is it and when to use it? Just recently bought this from an online marketplace. Was just over $4 and while that seems a bit expensive for info on only 20 knots, I personally think it was a great investment. I thought that I would like to learn some knots that could be used not only while hiking or backpacking, but also used around the the house or in any situation if needed.  There… Full review

Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom

rated 5 of 5 stars Here's the book that covers the whole field of hiking with a hammock. It clearly informed me of the advantages of hammocks in general, but more important, it helped me to take the next step. Not being a "craft" guy, I ordered the Speer hammock with a extra large tarp. It works just fine! Thanks for the book you wrote and chatting with me on handling all kinds of weather. Plan on using the Peapod next week on the AT. It seems to be able to work well, and if this gear works as well as the hammock… Full review

Falcon Guides Outdoor Knots: The Knots You Need to Know

rated 4 of 5 stars Good book for those wanting to learn the basics and a little more. I really dig this book. It's a great intro book to knots. Even set up for those needing to refresh or just step up from knowing only a handful. This knowledge is great to have for any outdoorsman. Full review

Random House The Complete Walker IV

rated 3 of 5 stars Really good book.. Lots of info in it. Got this book used on Amazon. It's good, don't get me wrong, it's just a massive amount of info. I still have yet to finish it. Mostly because I can only read 2 or 3 pages at a time. There are other editions on Amazon for sale. Make sure if you check it out to get IV; III was written in the '80s or the early '90s... so the info in those are old. Full review

Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking

rated 4.5 of 5 stars "Trail Tested" is a book aimed at providing a broad spectrum of advice on hiking and backpacking for the novice as well as seasoned hiker wanting to expand their horizons. The author wants to spread his love of the great outdoors to others, and introduce them to the great sport of hiking and backpacking and help ease them into it by providing some sound advice and cost-saving strategies. Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker’s insights into Hiking and Backpacking By Justin “Trauma” Lichter Printed in… Full review

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The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World
$10 MSRP
Appalachian Mountain Club Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide
$13
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014
$7
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
$4
Chicago Review Press Kids Camp!
$15
 
Falcon Guides Advanced Outdoor Navigation
$18 MSRP
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book
$10
Falcon Guides Backpacking Basics: Planning, Preparing, and Packing
Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
$13 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Outdoor Knots: The Knots You Need to Know
Falcon Guides Outward Bound Backpacker's Handbook
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
$15
 
Falcon Guides Using a GPS
For Dummies Camping for Dummies
$20
For Dummies GPS for Dummies
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaye Grabill Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found
HarperCollins The Dangerous Book for Boys
Heliconia Press Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking
$20 MSRP
Lyons Press Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Navigation
$20 MSRP
Morris Publishing Trailside Navigation - Map & Compass
$13
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
$20
NOLS Bear Essentials
$8
NOLS Expedition Planning
$22
NOLS Wilderness Navigation
$17
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
$5
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ragged Mountain Press Ultralight Backpacker
Random House A Walk In The Woods
$16
Random House Fred and Ted Go Camping
$9
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Random House The Complete Walker IV
Riverbend Publishing Hiking with Grizzlies - Lessons Learned
Sierra Club Books Walking Softly in the Wilderness
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom
Stackpole Books Backpacker and Hiker's Handbook
Stackpole Books How To Hike The AT - The Nitty Gritty Details of a Long Distance Trek
$17
 
Stackpole Books NOLS Expedition Planning
 
Stackpole Books The Barefoot Sisters: Walking Home
Ten Speed Press How to Shit in the Woods
The Mountaineers Books Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon
$19
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook
$17
The Mountaineers Books Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear
$8
The Mountaineers Books Hiking Light Handbook
$18
The Mountaineers Books Leave Leave No Trace - A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette
$15
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow
$22
The Mountaineers Books The Outdoor Knots Book
$15 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Wilderness Navigation
$15
Three Rivers Press The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
$16
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