Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors

ISBN-10: 0028611004
ISBN-13: 9780028611006
Edition: 1996
Authors: Michael Mouland
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Description: You're no idiot, of course. You plan successful business trips, run your new snow blower, and even walk the dog to the corner and back every day. But when it comes to considering a camping or hiking trip, you think it sounds like all work and no  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

You're no idiot, of course. You plan successful business trips, run your new snow blower, and even walk the dog to the corner and back every day. But when it comes to considering a camping or hiking trip, you think it sounds like all work and no play. Don't head back to the office yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hiking, Camping, and the Great Outdoors helps you build the skills you need to enjoy your outdoor experiences. Feel confident about choosing and using your equipment, even for overnight hiking trips. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

The First Time Around
Preparation and Planning
Teaming Up and Setting Out
National Parks and Public Wilderness Areas
Camping in the Lap of Luxury
Making Lists and Checking Them Twice
Checklists, Checklists, and More Checklists
Don't Be Bothered by the Bears and Bugs
Ground Rules
Gauging Your Abilities
Safety on the Trail
Expect the Unexpected
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Two's Company, Seven's a Crowd
Family Camping
Guided Trips
Traveling Solo
Car Camping
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Stop and Smell the Roses
More About When and Where to Camp
Camping from Your Trunk Versus Backpacking
Choosing a Quiet Location in a Crowded Campground
Hiking for 20 Minutes Gives You an Advantage
Look for Lakes, Trails, and Other Diversions
Getting Away from It All--Or Most of It, Anyway
Staying Warm Off-Season
Talk to Those in the Know
Nighttime Under the Stars
Tents and Tarps
Beg, Borrow, or Steal the First Time Around
Choosing the Portable Cottage
Washing Your Wigwam
A Tent for All Seasons
Pitching Tents--Practice Makes Perfect
What You Need for the Slumber Party
The Lowdown on Sleeping Bags
Down Fills Versus Synthetic Fills
Sleeping Bag Construction
Care
Cleaning
Blow-Up Bedding
How to Be an Outdoor Gourmet
No-Muss, No-Fuss Culinary Skills
The Weekend and Week-Long Picnic
Menu Madness
Recipes for the Galloping Gourmand
Rounding Out the Three Squares
Puttin' on the Ritz
Recipes for the Trail
Understanding Nature's Waterworks
Grills
Having a Gas--Choosing and Using Stoves
Setting Up Your Outdoor Kitchen
Other Stuff for the Shopping List
Fishing for the Camper
Choosing a Packable Rod-and-Reel Set
Tackling the Fish
Using Squiggly, Wiggly Things
Spoons
Spoonfeeding Your Spawn
Plugs
Plastic Bait
An Amateur's Guide to Hooking
Tying a Trilene Knot
Landing the Catch of the Day
Who Said There Was No Homework?
Rivers, Streams, and Lakes
Reeling in the Big One
Cleaning the Fish
Having Fish for Dinner
Don't Count on Your Fishing Skills Alone
Practicing Low-Impact Camping
Be Kind to Mother Nature
Selecting a Campsite
Leaving the Campground the Way You Found It
Dealing with Noisy Neighbors
Shedding the Hordes
Trail Etiquette: Traveling in Groups
How to "Go" in the Woods and Other Pressing Matters
Daniel Boone Was a Man, but Women Like Camping Too
The Bonfire of the Backwoods
Not So Wild Animals
Skills and Thrills
A Quick Lesson in Map Reading
Types of Maps
Reading Your Map
How to Figure Out Your Route
Looking for Helps and Hazards on Your Route
What Your Map Won't Tell You
The Final Decision
Compass Basics: Definitely Worth Learning
What Is a Compass?
True North and Magnetic North
Adjusting for Declination
Orienting Your Map
Taking a Bearing Using a Map and Compass
Using a Compass to Stick to Your Path
Carry Your Compass
Going Global
Features, Features, Features
Getting Lost and Unlost
Weather Matters
Reading the Weather
Weather Reading on the Scene
Typecasting the Clouds
Winds of Change
Barometric Pressure
Humidity and Fog
Red Sky at Night, Sailors' Delight--The Proverbs and What They Mean
Taking Cover in Serious Weather
Tips for Avoiding a Lightning Strike
Handling Heavy Weather
First Things First: Listen to the Weather Report
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Slip Sliding Away
The Skinny on Skis
To Wax or Wane?
Tips for Getting Into and Out of a Bind
Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty
Grip and Grin: Don't Forget Your Poles!
These Shoes Were Meant for Walking (Across the Snow, That Is)
Snowshoeing Boots
How to Identify Trees and Other Green Things
Look at the Big Things First
Tiptoeing Through the Leaves
Wild for Wildflowers
Magical Mushrooms
Wild Berries
Gearing Up
The Dirt on Hiking Boots
The Hook on Hikers
If the Shoe Fits, Wear It
Caring for Your Boots
Rocks Around the Socks (and Liners Too)
Treating Blisters
Choosing the House for Your Back
Getting the Best Backpack
Fit, Form, and Function... Putting It All On
Cubic Inches or Liters: A Matter of Capacity
Suspension Systems
A Matter of Construction
Fine-Tuning the Rig
Day Packs
Ways to Pack a Backpack (Say That Five Times in a Row Out Loud)
Backpack Packing (Essentials)
Ways to Dress for Success in the Outdoors
Layering--Peeling for Pleasure
Waterproof Breathables
A Smorgasbord of Materials
Fills and Insulators
Singing in the Rain--A Heavy-Weather Alternative
Suiting Up for Colder Weather
Don't Join the Cotton Club
Pants
To Top It All Off
Fun in the Sun
Comfort Gear for Your Home Away from Home
Spotlight on Flashlights
Choosing Alternative Lighting Methods
Portable Outhouses
Portable Showers
Chairs and Cushions--Supporting Bottoms and Brains
Getting There
Trailblazing Made Easy
Defining True Wilderness
Backcountry Rules
Tiptoeing Through the Wilderness
Preparing for Your Trip
Simple Hiking Techniques
Easy Route Finding
The Bear Facts
Planning an Outdoor Vacation on the Water
Everything I Own Is Rented
Canoes Versus Kayaks
Gripping Matters: Paddles
How to Pack Your Vessel
Things to Consider When Choosing a Canoe or Kayak
Your Backpack on the Water
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Holding and Handling the Paddle
Rescue Techniques
Exploring the Outdoors on Two Wheels
Bikepacking--Mountain Bikes Rule!
Shake, Shimmy, and Roll
Wheels...Tires and Tubes
The Hubbub on Hubs
Have Bike, Will Travel
Gearing Up and Gearing Down
Putting Pedals to the Metal
The Basic Bike-Camping Tool Kit
Packing Up and Moving Out
In Praise of Tight Black Shorts and Other Gripping Matters
The Tour de France: Not!
Safe Biking
The Big Trip
Limbering Up for the Big One
Getting Fit for Your Trip
Stomping Around the Neighborhood with a Pack Loaded with Books
Designing Your Own Fitness Program
Warm-Up and Cool-Down Exercises to Increase Flexibility
Strength-Building Exercises
Consider the Abilities of Those Going with You
Things That Fly, Slither, and Go Buzz in the Night
How Not to Go Buggy
Discouraging Mosquitoes and Other Flying Insects Naturally
Building Your Own Arsenal
Location, Location, Location
Lyme Disease: No Citrus Here
Treating Insect Bites
Little Miss Muffet Sat on Her Tuffet
Snakes
Treating Snake Bites
Critter Watching
Animal Voyeurism 101
Choosing Binoculars, Cameras, and Other Optics
Binoculars
Smile, You're on Candid Camera
In Praise of Automatic Cameras
Swinging Single-Use Cameras
Tips for Seeing and Photographing Wildlife
Identifying Animal Scats and Tracks
Outward Bound and Beyond
Safety and First Aid--Dealing with Major and Minor Bummers
Checkups Before Checkout
Take a Course in First Aid, CPR, or Emergency Medical Treatment
Assembling a Basic First-Aid Kit--The Virtual Pharmacy
To Evacutate or Not?
Treating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac Rashes
What to Do When Faced with a Major Bummer
Preventing and Treating the Big "H"
Dealing with Frostbite and Preventing It
Dealing with Animal Bites
Not-So-Advanced Boy and Girl Scout Skills
Surefire Bets for Building a Fire
The Unconfusing Guide to Knot Tying
Erecting and Building Alternative Structures
Signaling for Help
Going Farther Afield
Matters of Passports and Visas
Tips for the Worldwide Wanderer
Get the Right Immunizations and Shots
Health Insurance
Finding Fuel: Camp Stoves and Cooking
Sources and Resources
The National Parks of the United States
State Tourism Offices
The National Parks of Canada
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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