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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 Emergency Survival - A Pocket Guide
The Mountaineers Books
Emergency Survival - A Pocket Guide
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$4 MSRP
National Geographic Wolves
National Geographic
Wolves
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Caterpillar To Butterfly
National Geographic
Caterpillar To Butterfly
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Lizards
National Geographic
Lizards
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Tigers
National Geographic
Tigers
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
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
Waterford Press Knots
Waterford Press
Knots
Climbing Book
$6
Falcon Guides Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall
Falcon Guides
Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall
Climbing Book
$6 MSRP
Waterford Press The Night Sky
Waterford Press
The Night Sky
$6
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$7
Waterford Press Animal Tracks
Waterford Press
Animal Tracks
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
Waterford Press Weather -- An Introduction to Clouds, Storms and Weather Patterns
Waterford Press
Weather -- An Introduction to Clouds, Storms and Weather Patterns
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7
Waterford Press Wilderness Survival
Waterford Press
Wilderness Survival
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7
Waterford Press Edible Wild Plants
Waterford Press
Edible Wild Plants
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
The Mountaineers Books Don't Die Out There - Playing Cards
The Mountaineers Books
Don't Die Out There - Playing Cards
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7
The Mountaineers Books Freedom of the Hills Playing Cards Deck
The Mountaineers Books
Freedom of the Hills Playing Cards Deck
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$7
Waterford Press Tahoe Area Plants And Animals - A Pocket Naturalist Guide
Waterford Press
Tahoe Area Plants And Animals - A Pocket Naturalist Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$7
 
Falcon Guides
Gym Climb
Climbing Book
$8
The Mountaineers Books The ABCs of Avalanche Safety
The Mountaineers Books
The ABCs of Avalanche Safety
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
Folding Guides Freshwater Fishes of New England & Adirondacks
Folding Guides
Freshwater Fishes of New England & Adirondacks
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$8
Folding Guides Sibley's Backyard Birds of New England
Folding Guides
Sibley's Backyard Birds of New England
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$8
Folding Guides Sibley's Raptors of Eastern North America
Folding Guides
Sibley's Raptors of Eastern North America
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$8
The Mountaineers Books Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear
The Mountaineers Books
Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$8
The Mountaineers Books Don't Get Poisoned - Protect Yourself from Wilderness Toxins
The Mountaineers Books
Don't Get Poisoned - Protect Yourself from Wilderness Toxins
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8 MSRP
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
Stackpole Books Knots & Ropes for Climbers
Stackpole Books
Knots & Ropes for Climbers
Climbing Book
$9
 
Falcon Guides
Hiking with Dogs
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$9 MSRP
Random House Fred and Ted Go Camping
Random House
Fred and Ted Go Camping
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$9
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
North Woods Fly Fishing Insect Guide
North Woods
Fly Fishing Insect Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$9
North Woods Wildflowers Guide
North Woods
Wildflowers Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$9
NOLS Bear Essentials
NOLS
Bear Essentials
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$10
Falcon Guides Knots for Climbers
Falcon Guides
Knots for Climbers
Climbing Book
$10
Backcountry Access Take Charge: Leading a Group Rescue DVD
Backcountry Access
Take Charge: Leading a Group Rescue DVD
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$10
 
Falcon Guides
How to Rappel
Climbing Book
$10
Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides
Cooking in the Outdoors
Cookbook
$10 MSRP
Falcon Guides Basic Book of Sea Kayaking
Falcon Guides
Basic Book of Sea Kayaking
Paddling Book
$10 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2009
The Mountaineers Books
Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2009
Climbing Book
$10
Falcon Guides Climbing Anchors
Falcon Guides
Climbing Anchors
Climbing Book
$10 - $15
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue
The Mountaineers Books
Climbing Self-Rescue
Climbing Book
$10
The Mountaineers Books Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
The Mountaineers Books
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$10 - $19
The Mountaineers Books Bouldering: Movement, Tactics, and Problem Solving
The Mountaineers Books
Bouldering: Movement, Tactics, and Problem Solving
Climbing Book
$11
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New Jersey 
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: New Jersey 
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$11
Alaska Mountain Safety Center Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard
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
National Geographic
Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New York
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: New York
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Maryland & Washington, DC
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: Maryland & Washington, DC
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: The Carolinas 
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: The Carolinas 
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Colorado
National Geographic
Field Guide to Birds: Colorado
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$12
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