Three Rivers Press The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
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This updated manual offers a more complete view of backpacking today--it covers the latest developments in gear. Author: Rick Curtis. Softcover; 440 pages; black-and-white illustrations. Three Rivers Press; copyright 2005. New information includes Global Positioning Systems, ultralight hiking equipment, first aid and Leave No Trace camping. There is a chapter devoted to outdoor leadership resources and basics. Beginners and experienced hikers alike will find this book indispensable for trip planning strategies and also as a quick-reference on the trail for:. Backcountry skills: how to forecast the weather, identify trees, bear-proof your campsite, wrap an injured ankle and more. Trick of the trail: time-tested practical lessons learned along the way. Going ultralight: downsizing suggestions for those who want to lighten up.
The Backpacker's Field Manual has been the bible of the Princeton University Outdoor Action Program for more than a decade, field-tested by one of the most respected outdoor programs in the country. It is the most comprehensive backpacking guide available; broad in scope while still focused on the essential skills and information that backpackers need to travel safely and comfortably in the wilderness. Backpackers of all levels will find this book indispensable: before you start your trip, for deciding on an itinerary, selecting equipment, and figuring out what food, clothing, and other supplies to pack; once you're out in the wilderness, for choosing a campsite, setting up camp, navigating with map and compass, identifying trees and plants, and preparing meals (recipes included!)If something unexpected happens, for finding a lost person, seeking shelter in a lightning storm, and performing first aid for common injuries. More than 100 line drawings illustrate such useful skills as how to set up a tarp, repair your stove, wrap an injured ankle, predict the weather, and much more. And scattered throughout are Tricks of the Trail, additional tips for successful backcountry hiking. Any traveler knows that space in a backpack is limited, so on your next trip, pack the only guide you'll need this one.Backpacking from A to ZPerfect for beginners and a handy reference and refresher for experienced trekkersSimple easy to use formatGreat for trip leadersIllustratedRevised and updatedBinding - PaperAuthor - Rick CurtisPages - 440Publisher - Three Rivers PressYear - 2005ISBN- 9781400053094.