Skills Books


Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking
Backcountry Skiing
First Aid, Safety, and Survival
Plant and Animal Identification


The Mountaineers Books
National Geographic
Falcon Guides
Waterford Press




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Recent Skills Book Reviews

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

Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker

rated 5 of 5 stars Great cookbook for the backpacker! I wouldn't use the term 'glamping' to describe our backpacking outings, however we do put a great deal of thought into our meals while on the trail. I have other books that mainly discuss the use of a dehydrator, this book is different. June Fleming discusses backpackers needs from top to bottom: nutrition, packing, cooking, camp setup. She discusses where to get certain ingredients and how to use them in conjunction. This book doesn't have a massive amount of… 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

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

Top-Rated Skills Books

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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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
HarperCollins Les Stroud Survive First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
The Mountaineers Books Extreme Alpinism Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Self-Rescue First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue Climbing Book
Silva Be Expert with Map & Compass Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Falcon Guides Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters Climbing Book
Waterford Press Medicinal Plants Plant/Animal Identification Guide
NOLS Wilderness Ethics Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide Climbing Book
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2014 Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Crack Climbing Climbing Book
Falcon Guides The Complete Guide To Rope Techniques Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Glacier Mountaineering Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Bear Aware - The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Falcon Guides Learning to Climb Indoors Climbing Book
The Mountaineers Books Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book Backcountry Ski Book
Falcon Guides How To Climb 5.12 Climbing Book
$15 - $19
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Falcon Guides How To Rock Climb Climbing Book
The Mountaineers Books Staying Found First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Coghlan's First-Time Camping Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2007 Climbing Book
The Mountaineers Books Medicine for Mountaineering First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Waterford Press Animal Tracks Plant/Animal Identification Guide
Patagonia 100 Favorite North American Climbs Climbing Book
Ragged Mountain Press Complete Whitewater Rafter Paddling Book
The Mountaineers Books Canyoneering: Beginning to Advanced Techniques Climbing Book
Globe Pequot Allen & Mikes Avalanche Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering Climbing Book
Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2012 Climbing Book
Gibbon Slackline 201: Tricklining
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees - Eastern Region Plant/Animal Identification Guide
Liberty Mountain Ice Climbing Pennsylvania Climbing Book
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Emergency First Aid First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Waterford Press The Night Sky
NOLS Bear Essentials Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Desiderata Institute The Rock Warrior's Way - Mental Training for Climbers Climbing Book
Waterford Press Weather -- An Introduction to Clouds, Storms and Weather Patterns First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin' Cookbook
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Falcon Guides Canoeing Wild Rivers: The 30th Anniversary Guide to Expedition Canoeing in North America Paddling Book
Trango The Rock Climber's Training Manual Climbing Book
Riverbend Publishing Hiking with Grizzlies - Lessons Learned Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Three Rivers Press The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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