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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Appalachian Trail Conservancy
National Geographic
Pro-Knot
Falcon Guides
Waterford Press
The Mountaineers Books
NOLS
Menasha Ridge Press
Random House
Morris Publishing

Genders

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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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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$4
National Geographic Wolves Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Caterpillar To Butterfly Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Lizards Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Tigers Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$5
Falcon Guides Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall Climbing Book
$6
Waterford Press Medicinal Plants Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Waterford Press Emergency First Aid First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7
Waterford Press Mushrooms Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Waterford Press The Night Sky
$7
The Mountaineers Books Freedom of the Hills Playing Cards Deck First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
Waterford Press Tahoe Area Plants And Animals - A Pocket Naturalist Guide Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
 
The Mountaineers Books Don't Die Out There - Playing Cards First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$8
 
Falcon Guides Gym Climb Climbing Book
$8 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Don't Get Poisoned - Protect Yourself from Wilderness Toxins First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books The ABCs of Avalanche Safety First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8 MSRP
NOLS Bear Essentials Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$8
Falcon Guides Bear Aware - The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
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
Random House Fred and Ted Go Camping Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$9
Morris Publishing Knots for Climbers - 3rd Edition Climbing Book
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors Cookbook
$10 MSRP
Falcon Guides Knots for Climbers Climbing Book
$10 MSRP
 
Falcon Guides How to Rappel Climbing Book
$10 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2009 Climbing Book
$10 MSRP
Riverbend Publishing Hiking with Grizzlies - Lessons Learned Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$11
National Audubon Society Pocket Guide To Familiar Trees Of North America - West Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$11
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New Jersey  Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$11
Ten Speed Press How to Shit in the Woods Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$12
Alaska Mountain Safety Center Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$12
National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New York Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Maryland & Washington, DC Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: The Carolinas  Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Colorado Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Michigan  Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering Climbing Book
$12
National Geographic Birding Essentials Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$13
Falcon Guides Toproping Climbing Book
$13
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2012 Climbing Book
$13
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Emergency First Aid First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$13
Justin Lichter Ultralight Survival Kit Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
Morris Publishing Trailside Navigation - Map & Compass Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
The Mountaineers Books Crag Survival Handbook Climbing Book
$13
 
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2014 Climbing Book
$13
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
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