"Stevenson's clear instruction and trail-tested techniques make this a great introduction to backcountry hiking and camping."
A guide so thorough it will send you packing...
Backpacking remains one of the most popular, and inexpensive, outdoor activities in America. The Complete
Idiot's Guide® to Backpacking and Hiking helps everyone prepare and plan for a rewarding adventure.
- Covers planning, training, shopping, and packing for the trip
- How to live on the trail
- First aid and other safety tips
- Practical time—and money—saving hints
- What gear is necessary—and what isn't
- Special considerations when traveling with groups or pets
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking
Getting started with
shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night.
Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and
Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group.
Chapter 3: Camping Overnight
The complete guide to a comfortable night's sleep at parks, campgrounds,
and backcountry tent-sites.
Chapter 4: Backpacking Basics
Getting deeper into the woods,
mountains, or wherever you want to explore by carrying everything you need on your back.
5: Training Your Body for the Trail
Everyday fitness routines to get you in shape for any level of hiking.
Chapter 6: Never Get Lost (Again)
Easy-to-follow map, compass, and GPS tutorials to keep you
on the right trail.
Chapter 7: Essentials for Every Trip
The lifesaving gear you should never
leave home without.
Chapter 8: Welcome to Gear World
Expert advice on how to buy high-
quality and long-lasting equipment.
Chapter 9: Footwear Fundamentals
boots or trail shoes guaranteed to keep your feet happy and blister-free.
Chapter 10: Outdoor
Smart layering advice for weather that's either fair or foul.
Hauling Your Gear: Daypacks and Weekend Packs
The surefire guide to finding and loading the ideal
Chapter 12: Shelter from the Storm
Building the perfect sleep system by
combining tents, sleeping bags, and ground pads.
Chapter 13: The Outdoor Kitchen
Cooking advice and recipes to fuel every hike and hiker.
Chapter 14: Liquid Refreshment
Where to find water and how to make it safe to drink.
Chapter 15: Hygiene on the Trail
Sensible strategies to keep clean on the trail.
Chapter 16 How to Survive
plan on how to respond when trouble arises.
Chapter 17: First Aid
The on-trail prescription
to fix blisters, bumps, and bruises.
Chapter 18: The Wild Things
Keeping encounters with
poisonous plants and wildlife at a safe but exciting distance.
Chapter 19: High-Country Hazards
Hiking and camping tips for more challenging trails and terrain.
Chapter 20: Expanding
Where to seek your next great adventure.
C Equipment Checklists
Samples and More from This Book
How to Avoid and Treat Blisters While Hiking
Quick Guide: Camping 101: How to Set Up Your Campsite
Quick Guide: How to Choose the Right Backpack
Choosing the Right Footwear for Your Hike
Quick Guide: Hiking 101: The Essentials You Need for Every Trip
Quick Guide: Hiking 101: How to Use a Compass
Quick Guide: How to Load a Backpack for a Hike