Skills Books

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

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National Geographic
Gibbs Smith
Pro-Knot
HarperCollins
Falcon Guides
Stackpole Books
Waterford Press
Ragged Mountain Press
For Dummies

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Price

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$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Skills Book Reviews

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

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

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
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gibbs Smith 98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
HarperCollins Les Stroud Survive First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Stackpole Books Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pennsylvania Climbing Book
$33
 
Falcon Guides Gym Climb Climbing Book
$8
Falcon Guides Self-Rescue First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue Climbing Book
$20
Falcon Guides Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters Climbing Book
$18
Waterford Press Medicinal Plants Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Falcon Guides Girl on the Rocks: A Woman's Guide to Climbing with Strength, Grace, and Courage Climbing Book
$20
National Geographic Field Guide to the Trees of North America Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$14
Ragged Mountain Press The Mountaineering Handbook Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide Climbing Book
$20
National Geographic The Wildest Dream Climbing Book
$20 - $29
For Dummies Camping for Dummies Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17
Falcon Guides Crack Climbing Climbing Book
$20
 
Falcon Guides The Complete Guide To Rope Techniques Climbing Book
$20
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$4
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 Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$16
Falcon Guides Learning to Climb Indoors Climbing Book
$20
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 Backcountry Ski Book
$13 - $14
Falcon Guides How To Climb 5.12 Climbing Book
$15 - $19
The Mountaineers Books The ABCs of Avalanche Safety First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering First Aid First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$15
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$22
Falcon Guides How To Rock Climb Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Staying Found First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips Backcountry Ski Book
$15
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2007 Climbing Book
$22
Greener Grass Publishing Horse Pens 40 Guidebook Climbing Book
$25
Falcon Guides Toproping Climbing Book
$13
The Mountaineers Books Medicine for Mountaineering First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$30
National Geographic Complete Book of Birds - North America Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$28
The Mountaineers Books Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$19
Waterford Press Animal Tracks Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Patagonia 100 Favorite North American Climbs Climbing Book
$80
Ragged Mountain Press Complete Whitewater Rafter Paddling Book
$17
Paul Tawrell Camping and Wilderness Survival First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$30
Globe Pequot Allen & Mikes Avalanche Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering Climbing Book
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New York Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
 
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2012 Climbing Book
$13
Gibbon Slackline 201: Tricklining
$20
Boxer Books Mark the Mountain Guide Climbing Book
$13
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