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Recent Skills Book Reviews

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

Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Simple backpacking food recipes — just add hot water! This way of camp cooking was new to me, having done little camping for years. Now I am gung-ho to give it a try after reading these simple recipes. I've taste-tested some and am eager to set up my meals for planned June camping/canoe trip! Did run into a few ingredients that are had to find...example: Lipton no longer makes tomato flavor cupa-soup. Also, some of the recipes include off-the-shelf items that I would not use as they contain MSG. 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

HarperCollins Les Stroud Survive

rated 2.5 of 5 stars About as fun to read as his TV show. I'm sorry for those that enjoy Mr. Stroud, but aside from the fact that the guy puts me to sleep, this book is just about the same as most other survival books out there. If you know the basics already, pick another book. 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

Top-Rated Skills Books

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The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The Mountaineers Books
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Climbing Book
$15 - $29
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic
The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot
Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$5
HarperCollins Les Stroud Survive
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
HarperCollins
Les Stroud Survive
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$20
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides
Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
Stackpole Books Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pennsylvania
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Stackpole Books
Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pennsylvania
Climbing Book
$33
 
Falcon Guides
Gym Climb
Climbing Book
$8
 
Lodge
A Skillet Full Cookbook
Cookbook
$17
Falcon Guides Self-Rescue
Falcon Guides
Self-Rescue
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue
The Mountaineers Books
Climbing Self-Rescue
Climbing Book
$10
Falcon Guides Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters
Falcon Guides
Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters
Climbing Book
$18
National Geographic Field Guide to the Trees of North America
National Geographic
Field Guide to the Trees of North America
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$14
Ragged Mountain Press The Mountaineering Handbook
Ragged Mountain Press
The Mountaineering Handbook
Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide
The Mountaineers Books
Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide
Climbing Book
$20
National Geographic The Wildest Dream
National Geographic
The Wildest Dream
Climbing Book
$20 - $29
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook
The Mountaineers Books
Day Hiker's Handbook
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17
North Woods Trees Guide
North Woods
Trees Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$9
North Woods First Aid Guide
North Woods
First Aid Guide
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$9
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$7
North Woods Fly Fishing Insect Guide
North Woods
Fly Fishing Insect Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$9
Falcon Guides Bear Aware - The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide
Falcon Guides
Bear Aware - The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America
National Geographic
Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$16
Falcon Guides Learning to Climb Indoors
Falcon Guides
Learning to Climb Indoors
Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List
The Mountaineers Books
Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List
Climbing Book
$33
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
Backcountry Ski Book
$13
Falcon Guides How To Climb 5.12
Falcon Guides
How To Climb 5.12
Climbing Book
$15 - $19
The Mountaineers Books The ABCs of Avalanche Safety
The Mountaineers Books
The ABCs of Avalanche Safety
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2013
The Mountaineers Books
American Alpine Journal 2013
Climbing Book
$35
The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering First Aid
The Mountaineers Books
Mountaineering First Aid
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$15
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow
The Mountaineers Books
Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$22
Falcon Guides How To Rock Climb
Falcon Guides
How To Rock Climb
Climbing Book
$20
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips
Backcountry Ski Book
$15
North Woods Wildflowers Guide
North Woods
Wildflowers Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$9
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2007
The Mountaineers Books
American Alpine Journal 2007
Climbing Book
$25
National Geographic Complete Book of Birds - North America
National Geographic
Complete Book of Birds - North America
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$28
Waterford Press Animal Tracks
Waterford Press
Animal Tracks
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Patagonia 100 Favorite North American Climbs
Patagonia
100 Favorite North American Climbs
Climbing Book
$80
Ragged Mountain Press Complete Whitewater Rafter
Ragged Mountain Press
Complete Whitewater Rafter
Paddling Book
$17
Paul Tawrell Camping and Wilderness Survival
Paul Tawrell
Camping and Wilderness Survival
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$30
Globe Pequot Allen & Mikes Avalanche Book
Globe Pequot
Allen & Mikes Avalanche Book
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering
American Alpine Club
Accidents in North American Mountaineering
Climbing Book
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New York
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: New York
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
Falcon Guides
Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
 
The Mountaineers Books
Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2012
Climbing Book
$13
Gibbon Slackline 201: Tricklining
Gibbon
Slackline 201: Tricklining
$20
Boxer Books Mark the Mountain Guide
Boxer Books
Mark the Mountain Guide
Climbing Book
$13
Patagonia Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America
Patagonia
Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America
Backcountry Ski Book
$60
The Mountaineers Books Ice World: Techniques and Experiences of Modern Ice Climbing
The Mountaineers Books
Ice World: Techniques and Experiences of Modern Ice Climbing
Climbing Book
$24
Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos
Appalachian Mountain Club
Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos
$20
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Emergency First Aid
Northern Lights Publishing
Pocket Guide to Emergency First Aid
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$13
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