Skills Books

Categories

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

Brands

The Mountaineers Books
National Geographic
Justin Lichter
Pro-Knot
HarperCollins
Falcon Guides
Lodge
Silva
Waterford Press
NOLS

Genders

Kids'
Boys'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Skills Book Reviews

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

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

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: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
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
 
The Mountaineers Books Extreme Alpinism Climbing Book
$28
 
Lodge A Skillet Full Cookbook Cookbook
$17
Falcon Guides Self-Rescue First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue Climbing Book
$20
Silva Be Expert with Map & Compass Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$22
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
NOLS Wilderness Ethics Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
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
 
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2014 Climbing Book
$35
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
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 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
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$22
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2007 Climbing Book
$22
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mammals Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$20
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
$9
Menasha Ridge Press Sex in the Outdoors Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$9
Patagonia 100 Favorite North American Climbs Climbing Book
$80
Ragged Mountain Press Complete Whitewater Rafter Paddling Book
$17
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
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees - Eastern Region Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$20
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