A book written by a man who lived to solo backpack and brings us the feel of his many years of doing this<b> You will either love or hate his direct British writting style<b> This is a great book for the basics of backpacking and why things become so important<b> Being British his food ideas are boring which he admits and there are many great books on this subject<b> And even with some of the equipment becoming slowly dated he gives us such valuable insite as to why we choose things and what really is important when weight is such a serious consideration<b> I think this is a great guide for the new and a good reference for the experianced to remember the basics and joy of getting away with your pack <b>
About twenty years ago I read an earlier edition of this book, bought a backpack, and started walking. Mr. Fletcher makes it possible for anyone to feel confident on a solo backpacking trip. His book is unique among the many forgettable how to books. Some of the specifics about equipment are dated but core of the book is timeless. I have to use a cliche: this book changed my life. Buy it and go for a walk!