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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

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An informative read into a unique travel style. The book offers great tricks and insights to try out the next time you hit the trail. Justin's many miles of experience manifest themselves in humility and pragmatism. He makes you realize that he's just a dude, and if he can do it, you can too. The book is divided into well organized topics related to long-distance ultralight thru hiking. Justin then gives suggestions from experience, on the best gear and/or techniques to use related to the topics. Full review

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

Top-Rated Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking Books

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Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes reviewed Aug 19, 2016
$26 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking reviewed Jun 23, 2015
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World reviewed Oct 29, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips reviewed Jun 8, 2014
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping reviewed May 28, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack reviewed Feb 21, 2014
$5
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom reviewed Mar 29, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Outdoor Knots: The Knots You Need to Know reviewed Feb 6, 2013
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Random House The Complete Walker IV reviewed Feb 6, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide reviewed Jun 7, 2012
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ragged Mountain Press Ultralight Backpacker reviewed Feb 22, 2011
NOLS Wilderness Ethics
$20
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook
$17
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow
$22
Coghlan's First-Time Camping Guide
$3
Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
$10 - $12
 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014
$4
 
Riverbend Publishing Hiking with Grizzlies - Lessons Learned
$11
 
Three Rivers Press The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
$16
 
Chicago Review Press Kids Camp!
$17
Justin Lichter Ultralight Survival Kit
$13
Morris Publishing Trailside Navigation - Map & Compass
$13
Appalachian Mountain Club Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide
$13
Wiley Be Expert with Map and Compass
$22
 
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking
$13
The Mountaineers Books Leave Leave No Trace - A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette
$12 - $14
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book
$15
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Thru-Hike Planner
$12
Random House A Walk In The Woods
$16
Workman Publishing Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids' Guide from the Backyard to the Backwoods
$14
Appalachian Trail Conservancy The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound)
$16
The Mountaineers Books Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear
$8
NOLS Wilderness Navigation
$17
 
The Mountaineers Books The Outdoor Knots Book
$15
Heliconia Press Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids
$20
Random House Fred and Ted Go Camping
$9
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2016
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaye Grabill Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found reviewed Apr 22, 2010
 
Falcon Guides Using a GPS
Falcon Guides Outward Bound Backpacker's Handbook
For Dummies Camping for Dummies
Stackpole Books Backpacker and Hiker's Handbook
Sleeping Bear Press S is for S'mores - A Camping Alphabet
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
The Mountaineers Books Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon
$19 MSRP
Menasha Ridge Press Sex in the Outdoors
$9 MSRP
NOLS Bear Essentials
Wilderness Press Camping with Kids
$17 MSRP
 
W.W. Norton Hiking and Backpacking - A Complete Guide
Ten Speed Press How to Shit in the Woods
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