Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking Books

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Recent Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book Reviews

Random House The Complete Walker IV

rated 5 of 5 stars THE Classic Compendium of Backpacking. In the 1970s Colin Fletcher inspired a generation to get outside with his books The Thousand Mile Summer and The Man Who Walked Through Time. He then started the "Complete" series and told us the nuts and bolts of doing it.  The newest revision (now only 16 years old but still seems surprisingly current) has a new format where Colin and his co-author Chip Rawlins do a back-and-forth on various topics, which may put off fans of earlier editions. I found… Full review

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

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

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

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

Top-Rated Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking Books

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Random House The Complete Walker IV reviewed Apr 5, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound) reviewed Oct 21, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes reviewed Aug 19, 2016
$26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking reviewed Jun 23, 2015
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World reviewed Oct 29, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips reviewed Jun 8, 2014
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping reviewed May 28, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack reviewed Feb 21, 2014
$6
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom reviewed Mar 29, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Outdoor Knots: The Knots You Need to Know reviewed Feb 6, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide reviewed Jun 7, 2012
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ragged Mountain Press Ultralight Backpacker reviewed Feb 22, 2011
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook
$17
The Mountaineers Books Snow Travel: Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow
$22
Coghlan's First-Time Camping Guide
$2 - $3
Falcon Guides Lighten Up! A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
$13
Random House The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
$16
Three Rivers Press The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
$16
Chicago Review Press Kids Camp!
$17
Random House The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids
$18
Morris Publishing Trailside Navigation - Map & Compass
$13
Random House The 2 Oz. Backpacker: A Problem Solving Manual for Use in the Wilds
$7
NOLS Expedition Planning
$22
Wiley Be Expert with Map and Compass
$22
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking
$13
The Mountaineers Books Leave Leave No Trace - A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette
$15
Falcon Guides Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book
$15
The Mountaineers Books Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness
$27
Workman Publishing Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids' Guide from the Backyard to the Backwoods
$14
The Mountaineers Books Don't Forget the Duct Tape - Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear
$8
The Mountaineers Books The Outdoor Knots Book
$15
The Mountaineers Books Snowshoeing: From Novice to Master
$17
Heliconia Press Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids
$20
Random House Fred and Ted Go Camping
$10
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaye Grabill Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found reviewed Apr 22, 2010
NOLS Wilderness Ethics
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
Menasha Ridge Press Sex in the Outdoors
$9 MSRP
 
NOLS Bear Essentials
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014
Riverbend Publishing Hiking with Grizzlies - Lessons Learned
Ten Speed Press How to Shit in the Woods
Appalachian Mountain Club Winterwise: A Backpacker's Guide
 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Thru-Hike Planner
$12 MSRP
NOLS Wilderness Navigation
 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2016

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