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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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Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide

Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$40
Pocket Guide to Outdoor Survival

Pocket Guide to Outdoor Survival
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)

The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
 
Adirondack Mountain Club
Adirondack Birding
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
 
Adventure Medical Kits
A Comprehensive Guide To Marine Medicine
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Adventure Publications Nature Smart - A Family Guide to Nature
Adventure Publications
Nature Smart - A Family Guide to Nature
Plant/Animal Identification Guide
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
AlpenBooks A Russian Wave
AlpenBooks
A Russian Wave
Paddling Book
 
AlpenBooks
Get On The Mountain DVD
Climbing Book
AlpenBooks Kayak Fishing for Tarpon
AlpenBooks
Kayak Fishing for Tarpon
Paddling Book
AlpenBooks Nigel Foster's #1: Getting Started
AlpenBooks
Nigel Foster's #1: Getting Started
Paddling Book
AlpenBooks Oil + Water
AlpenBooks
Oil + Water
Paddling Book
 
AlpenBooks
Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
AlpenBooks Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayaking
AlpenBooks
Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayaking
Paddling Book
 
AlpenBooks
The Forgotten Skills DVD
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering
American Alpine Club
Accidents in North American Mountaineering
Climbing Book
$12
American Alpine Club American Alpine Journal - 2005
American Alpine Club
American Alpine Journal - 2005
Climbing Book
$35
Appalachian Mountain Club Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast
Appalachian Mountain Club
Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast
Backcountry Ski Book
$20 MSRP
Appalachian Mountain Club Not Without Peril
Appalachian Mountain Club
Not Without Peril
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$19
Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos
Appalachian Mountain Club
Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos
$20
Appalachian Mountain Club Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide
Appalachian Mountain Club
Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2013
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$7
Appalachian Trail Conservancy The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare for & Hike It
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare for & Hike It
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Women & Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Women & Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17 MSRP
Backcountry Access Avalanche Research Field Book
Backcountry Access
Avalanche Research Field Book
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$30
Backcountry Access Take Charge: Leading a Group Rescue DVD
Backcountry Access
Take Charge: Leading a Group Rescue DVD
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$10
Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bay Street Publishing
Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple
Cookbook
 
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
How to Stay Alive in the Woods
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Boxer Books Mark the Mountain Guide
Boxer Books
Mark the Mountain Guide
Climbing Book
$13
Brooks-Range Professional Guide Tool Kit
Brooks-Range
Professional Guide Tool Kit
$70 MSRP
Brooks-Range Winter Traveler Tool Kit
Brooks-Range
Winter Traveler Tool Kit
Backcountry Ski Book
$43 MSRP
 
Bryan Burdo
Mazama Rock
Climbing Book
Chicago Review Press Kids Camp!
Chicago Review Press
Kids Camp!
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Desiderata Institute Espresso Lessons From The Rock Warrior's Way
Desiderata Institute
Espresso Lessons From The Rock Warrior's Way
Climbing Book
$20
Desiderata Institute The Rock Warrior's Way - Mental Training for Climbers
Desiderata Institute
The Rock Warrior's Way - Mental Training for Climbers
Climbing Book
$19
Diamond Creek Press Surviving a Disaster
Diamond Creek Press
Surviving a Disaster
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
 
Falcon Guides
Advanced Outdoor Navigation
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$18 MSRP
Falcon Guides Advanced Rock Climbing
Falcon Guides
Advanced Rock Climbing
Climbing Book
$15 MSRP
 
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Avalanche Book
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
Backcountry Ski Book
$13
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips
Falcon Guides
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips
Backcountry Ski Book
$15
 
Falcon Guides
Avalanche Aware: Safe Travel in Avalanche Terrain
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
Falcon Guides Babes in the Woods
Falcon Guides
Babes in the Woods
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13 MSRP
Falcon Guides Backpacking Basics: Planning, Preparing, and Packing
Falcon Guides
Backpacking Basics: Planning, Preparing, and Packing
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Falcon Guides Basic Book of Sea Kayaking
Falcon Guides
Basic Book of Sea Kayaking
Paddling Book
$10 MSRP
Falcon Guides Basic Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing
Falcon Guides
Basic Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing
Backcountry Ski Book
Falcon Guides Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing
Falcon Guides
Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing
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
Falcon Guides Better Bouldering
Falcon Guides
Better Bouldering
Climbing Book
$13 - $21
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