Random House The Complete Walker IV

Reviews

1

THE Classic Compendium of Backpacking. In the 1970s…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $3.79 on Thriftbooks.com

Summary

THE Classic Compendium of Backpacking.

Pros

  • Entertaining and informative

Cons

  • 'Tis a weighty tome
  • Last revision starting to show its age

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 Rawlins to be a worthy curmudgeon-in-training and a good foil to the elder statesman.

Never preachy, the discussions of gear and techniques are balanced. Fletcher stresses that everyone finds their own unique style, and has proven his own adaptability over the decades by embracing new gear and ideas.

There is a TON of information here (the word "Complete" is, after all, featured prominently in the title) but the book contains an excellent index. Less-than-fanatical gearhead types can easily pick and choose their topic of the day. 


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Still the best single reference book for backpacking.

Happy Camping

Tim

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review of this classic, Tim!


3 months ago
0

Really good book.. Lots of info in it. Got this book…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $8 on Amazon

Summary

Really good book.. Lots of info in it.

Pros

  • Tons of info
  • For real... tons of info

Cons

  • Tends to get a bit boring

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.

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Random House The Complete Walker IV

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The Random House The Complete Walker IV is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 30, 2015 at REI.

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