User Review: National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12
One of the better books on outdoor gear supported by personal insights based on experience.
- Advice based on personal experience and gear actually used, not on getting paid to market and sell gear
I've reached the point where I'm fairly gear-literate. I know about tarps vs tents, quilts vs sleeping bags, leaving unnecessary gear behind to save weight, etc etc etc. But what I found refreshing about Mr. Skurka's book (Andrew--does he ever go by Andy?) is APPLICATION.
That's where I am in my outdoor development, I want to know from those who have logged a few thousand (or few ten-thousands) of miles is what they have found that works based on experience. And that's why I rate this book as one of my two favorites (the other is Ray Jardine's Trail Life book).
Where this book stands out from others are the personal insights. Andrew can "talk the talk" because he literally has "walked the walk." I particularly liked his relating of his early experience tackling the Appalachain Trail. He's had to learn the hard way in some cases. (Makes him seem more like the rest of us mere mortals!) :^)
Oh yes, there is a lot of information on gear as well that both beginners and experienced hikers and backpackers will find insightful and useful.
PS-I bought my copy off Amazon, but if you order from Andrew's Web site I understand he'll autograph it for you.