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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (20 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209208
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Andrew] Skurka, "Outside" magazine's 2010 'Adventurer of the Year, ' packs his comprehensive guide with practical information about the best clothing, footwear, trekking poles, backpacks, sleeping bags, knives, shelter systems, and cooking gear that will help you plan your next trip."--"Scouting Magazine"

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Andrew Skurka is a sponsored long-distance backpacker, speaker, and writer. He has hiked 25,000 miles-plus since 2002, most recently on a 4,700 mile loop around Alaska and the Yukon. Named "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure (describing him as "a Gen Y version of Thoreau") and Person of the Year by Backpacker Magazine, he was also featured in Outside and Men's Journal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Repulsine Klimator on 3 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
Perfect book for whimps like me who hate carrying heavy loads. It also tells you how to plan out your next trip so that you know exactly what to take cutting out all the junk you throw in 'just in case'. There's a lot more to this book than just gear. The more experienced ultra light packers may not learn anything new but for anyone else it is worth buying.
Before you know it you'll be popping out for a 6 month 5000 mile stroll in no time just like Andrew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antti Peltola on 22 Jun 2013
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Ok book but as a person living in metric conutry, those miles, ounces and cups were quite difficult as I don't like reading with google open at the same time. It also referes to many american hiking destinations and paths which I have no idea about. Would be much more helpful if there was a map & some quick reference table to make unit conversions. Also the book contains prices etc. things that are going to be outdated, and some parts sounded like an advertisement which I do not like at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carl on 12 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
I didn't buy the book from amazon, but i can review the content anyway.
Andrew Skurka is a highly experienced ultimate hiker that was once upon a time at the same stage as you or i (as he explains). He knows and understands about the transitions from consumer based hiker to ultimate hiker and explains it very well. He doesn't give a right or wrong style, but explains the benefits and cons of each.
Most every type of gear is mentioned in this book and evaluated etc etc.
As intended this will become your go-to handbook for any outdoor ventures, with kit lists, menus, planning processes and far more all explained in detail.
I've only given an insight into the book, but i cannot recommend it enough. Definitely the 21st century hiking handbook!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALPER GUNAY on 1 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
I live in Turkey and bought this from Amazon to get good advises about the lightweight backpacking. Afterwards I found some free books/texts and good websites from internet about lightweight backpacking thus I read a lot of books, articles about that. So I can compare this book with the others.
I cannot say that it is the best one. Sometimes the book doesn't say which kind of equipment or choice is the best. It just gives general information about the material or how Andrew Skurka uses, which you can find everywhere.
Nonetheless you can have an idea about lightweight backpacking but you don't need to buy this book for that and can learn them from different sources if you want (internet, other books and articles).
For example, he doesn't say which weight is acceptable for the poles (I read something about it in another book and it says, if the weight is over 500 gr. --17.64 oz.-- it is not acceptable and not recommended to buy). It is just an example.

Briefly, I didn't learn something new. But some of my hesitations have gone and thoughts clarified by the book's approval. I think, there isn't any best book about that and need to read everything what you find and the most useful thing is personel experiences.

Altough some of the incomplete information, the book is good, but don't expect a lot of things not to disappoint.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bahram on 27 Oct 2012
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There are too many detals on things i dont need to know,
Lack of enough photo
Compare to other guides, its not complete
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