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Recent Skills Book Reviews

The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound)

rated 4 of 5 stars "The AT Guide" by David (Awol) Miller is one of the most comprehensive and easy guides I have used. The guide lists services to get you to Georgia and local hostels and services to get you home from Maine. It lists the water sources and has detailed maps of towns for resupply and rest. It also lists shuttle suppliers and outfitters to exchange or repair gear. Kennels close to the trail are listed for those with hiking buddies.. It's revised yearly because costs change from service providers. It's… Full review

Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin'

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Lipsmackin' Backpackin' is a look at the recipes and menu planning of the Long Distance Backpacker. The book takes you from Breakfast to Drinks and all in between. The recipes are easy to follow and instructions, but the key item you will need is a dehydrator to put together your meals. They also have a page on meal systems for people who like to plan by the day. CopyRight: 2000  ISBN:13-978-1-56044-881-5 I've had Lipsmackin' Backpackin' for well over a year. It's been one of the many cookbooks… Full review

Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great resource for 100 of the most iconic hikes in our National Parks. Excellent skills sections. Beta on each hike from finding the trailhead to GPS coordinates. With the celebration of the 100th anniversary of our National Parks this year, it is timely to see the publication of the hiking guide The National Parks Coast to Coast, 100 Best Hikes. I was quite intrigued to see what hikes would be considered 100 of the best hikes of our National Parks. This nicely organized book starts with a two-page… Full review

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

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Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide Plant/Animal Identification Guide
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Pocket Guide to Outdoor Survival First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound) Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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Alaska Mountain Safety Center Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$6
American Alpine Club Accidents in North American Mountaineering Climbing Book
$12
American Alpine Club American Alpine Journal - 2005 Climbing Book
$25
 
Appalachian Mountain Club Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast Backcountry Ski Book
$20
 
Appalachian Mountain Club Not Without Peril First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
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Appalachian Mountain Club Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$4
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2016 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$7
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Thru-Hike Planner Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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Backcountry Access Avalanche Research Field Book First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
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Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple Cookbook
 
Chicago Review Press Kids Camp! Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17
Coghlan's First-Time Camping Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$3
Desiderata Institute Espresso Lessons From The Rock Warrior's Way Climbing Book
$20
 
Desiderata Institute The Rock Warrior's Way - Mental Training for Climbers Climbing Book
$19
Falcon Guides Advanced Rock Climbing Climbing Book
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book Backcountry Ski Book
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips Backcountry Ski Book
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book / Guidebook
$26
Falcon Guides Basic Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing Backcountry Ski Book
Falcon Guides Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing
Falcon Guides Bear Aware - The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$8
Falcon Guides Better Bouldering Climbing Book
$20
Falcon Guides Big Walls - How to Climb Series Climbing Book
$15
Falcon Guides Birding for Beginners Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$20
Falcon Guides Building Your Own Climbing Wall Climbing Book
$19
 
Falcon Guides Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall Climbing Book
$6 MSRP
Falcon Guides Canoeing Wild Rivers: The 30th Anniversary Guide to Expedition Canoeing in North America Paddling Book
$15
Falcon Guides Climbing Anchors Climbing Book
$25
Falcon Guides Conditioning for Climbers - The Complete Exercise Guide Climbing Book
$20
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Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors Cookbook
$10 MSRP
Falcon Guides Crack Climbing Climbing Book
$20
Falcon Guides Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters Climbing Book
$18
Falcon Guides Girl on the Rocks: A Woman's Guide to Climbing with Strength, Grace, and Courage Climbing Book
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Falcon Guides Glacier Mountaineering Climbing Book
$17
 
Falcon Guides Gym Climb Climbing Book
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$20
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Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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