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Ultimate Desert Handbook A Manual for Desert Hikers, Campers and Travelers

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ISBN-10: 007139303X

ISBN-13: 9780071393034

Edition: 2003

Authors: G. Mark Johnson

List price: $18.00
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Here is the first truly complete book on desert travel, exploration, and survival, presenting the desert not as an alien environment to be overcome or endured, but rather as a fascinating opportunity for anyone eager to learn about and safely enjoy a different kind of outdoor experience. Assuming no prior desert know-how, this guide is intended for hikers, backpackers, vehicle travelers and campers, and the wide range of enthusiasts pursuing their chosen activities into the desert: mountain bikers, ultralight plane and glider pilots, rock climbers, birding enthusiasts, rock and fossil hunters, and wildlife and landscape photographers. Even dayhikers and occasional tourists to desert locations will find the book easy to understand and extremely useful.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 4/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.30" long x 0.46" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction Why the Desert?
The Desert World Arabian Desert
Atacama Desert
Australian Deserts
Gobi
Iranian Desert
Kalahari Desert
Kara Kum
Kyzyl Kum
Monte and Patagonian Deserts
Namib Desert
Sahara
Takla Makan Desert
Thar Desert
North American Deserts Sonoran Desert
Mojave Desert
Great Basin
Chihuahuan Desert
Plants and Animals of the North American Deserts
Water Supplies Carrying Water
Getting Water from Local Sources
Treating Groundwater
Too Much Water?
The Problem of Water Intoxication
Starting Out U.S. Public Lands
Foreign Destinations
Hiking the Desert Acclimatization and Day Hiking
Planning Your Hike
Hiking Off-Trail
Rocky Trails and Desert Peaks
Canyons, Washes, Wadis, and Arroyos
Hiking Dune Desert
Quicksand
Lava Flows and Boulder Fields
Dry Lakebeds
Night Hiking
Food and Water Caches
Desert Hiking for Fun
Equipment Footgear
Sun Protection, Desert Clothing--and Rain Gear
Backpacks
Tents and Shelters
Sleeping Bags, Pads, and Bedrolls
Backcountry Necessities
Miscellaneous Gear
The Desert Camp: The Site, the Camp, Food, and Fire Choosing a Site
Keeping Clean
Food, Fires, Stoves, and Cooking Gear
Navigation The Importance of Learning to Navigate
Navigation Tools
Map Reading and Methods of Navigation
Distances and the Desert
Reading Sign
Navigating with Few Landmarks
GPS Navigation
Desert Hazards and First Aid Biting and Stinging Insects and Arachnids
Falls on Steep Terrain
People
Reptile and Animal Hazards
Weather
First Aid
Treating Injuries
Surviving in the Desert Getting Found
Emergency Navigation Tools
Finding Your Location in an Emergency
Getting Water
Food and Survival
Protecting Yourself Against Desert Heat and Cold
Useful Survival Gear
Survival Communications
Desert Transportation Animal Transport
Motorized Vehicles
Mountain Biking the Desert Choosing the Right Bike
Choosing the Right Tires
Riding Sandy Terrain
Night Riding
Desert Trail Hazards
Water Supplies
Clothing and Sun Protection
Navigation
Emergency Gear
Wildlife Observation and Desert Photography Choosing an Observation Site
Optical Equipment: Binoculars, Monoculars, and Scopes
Nighttime Observation
Desert Flowers and Plant Life
The Desert Camera
A Parting Word
Desert Questions and Answers
GPS and the UTM Grid Location System
Other Distance Estimation Methods
Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Metric Conversion
Chart
Glossary
Bibliography
Resources
Acknowledgments
Index