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THE BACKPACKER'S HANDBOOK Paperback – 1 Nov 2004
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Written in an easy-flowing style with plenty of illustrations and diagrams…this is an invaluable read for anyone aspiring to live amongst nature. (Walk 2005-05-02)
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"The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."—Backpack (UK)
This enormously practical guide includes everything from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys—such as how to ford rivers safely and how to choose a route through untracked terrain. As a gear advisor, this book is unequaled. You'll find the last word on:
- How to choose packs and footwear—and make sure they fit
- What clothing to take on the trail
- Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear
- GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices
- And much more
Now in its third edition, The Backpacker's Handbook also covers desert hiking, ultralight backpacking, and adventure trekking in distant corners of the globe. Indeed, there is little about backpacking Chris Townsend does not cover. This trusted reference will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of backpacking in the wilderness.
"A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."—Sierra
"Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."—Maine Sportsman
"For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."—Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)
Chris Townsend, one of the world's best-known and most experienced rough-terrain hikers, has been backpacking for more than 30 years. His solo treks include a 1,600-mile hike over the length of the Canadian Rockies, a 1,000-mile walk across the Yukon, and a 3,000-mile expedition from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide Trail. He is the author of The Advanced Backpacker and Backpacker's Pocket Guide.See all Product Description
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Chris Townsend has written a book that covers how most people will go backpacking. He is not like Ray Mears. This is not bushcraft, which is a totally different experience to backpacking.
The only negative aspect of the book is that it is written only using imperial units of measurement. So, for example, when the book refers to backpacks in cubic inch sizes you need to convert them to litres to compare them to backpack sizes in the UK shops.
If you are thinking of going backpacking buy this book.
The handbook is divided into into easy to read sections for Preparation, Choosing Footware, Packs, Clothing, Camping, Food, Comfort and safety, Skills, Hazards inc map reading, Travel Abroad and the usual apendixes which inc. metric conversion.
Each section is thoughly investigated and explained. I've never read so much on packs and their fitting than in the Handbook. I have to agree that it is not that straight forward having owned several ill fitting packs! The Handbook helped with that issue!
Some people may not agree with all that Chris says on the subject of trail shoes vs boots vs sandles! I have yet to find a comfy pair of sandles for my skinny feet, but I am a trail shoe convert and hate the clumpyness of boots! Mind you I still wear boots on Dartmoor in the winter! Those bogs!
Chris expresses his view of Superfeet and their fitting, they really do work, I've not had a blister since Chris' suggestion!
Why is Chris right, well he has walked more miles than many a mortal man! (Check out his web site at [...]) That must give him all the experiance that he needs to suggest equipment to keep us warm, comfy, and above all safe!
Each chapter is well issustrated with pictures and line drawings, the wording is well expressed and easy to follow.
I feel my walking life has been greatly improved by reading and following the guidelines in the Backpackers Handbook!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, a brilliant book, covers everything in good detail. Chris's style makes this a very easy read and it's a good reference. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by M. Hooper
Chris Townsend is one of the most knowledgeable and informative persons alive when it come to back country backpacking , his in depth advice is a great help when planning a... Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Geoff Suggett
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