Walking Softly in the Wilderness The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking

ISBN-10: 1578051231

ISBN-13: 9781578051236

Edition: 4th 2005

Authors: John Hart

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This is the groundbreaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience that leaves nature undisturbed--the "ultimate manual" for wilderness travelers and campers. Since it was last revised in 1998, backpacking gear and practices have undergone many changes, subtle and large--all noted and expertly evaluated by author John Hart in this new edition. The quest to go "ultralight," for example, has introduced new gear choices, such as plastic boots, frameless packs, single-walled tents and shelters, and "softshell" garments that keep you dry as well as warm. Backpacking has also embraced the information age, with downloadable maps, navigation by portable GPS devices, and a world of information available online. A sure-footed guide to this changing scene, Hart remains in touch with its deeper realities. The qualities that established this guide as the bible of camp and trail have been polished and honed: its level-headed advice on gear selection, packing, and trip planning; its insights for getting the most from a wilderness trip, whether a challenging mountain scramble or a leisurely outing with family; its wisdom about dealing with the unexpected, from bears to flash floods to injuries. This edition assumes that tweny first-century readers are aware of the importance of "walking softly"; here they will find guidance on the skills needed to safeguard the wildlands they use. Most important of all, every line remains imbued with the joy and satisfaction of travel on one's own two feet in the great outdoors. Helpful line drawings illustrate topics ranging from selecting gear to bearbagging to rigging a tarp shelter. Extensive resource listings include wilderness agencies, gear suppliers, and online information sources.
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List price: $16.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Backpacking in the twenty-first century
Breaking in
The gear you need & how to choose it
The pack
The bed
Stove & kitchen
The rest of the load
Designing the trip
Planning food & fuel
Packing & preparations
To the trailhead
Life on your own two feet
Finding the way
Making camp
Fire & food
Shelter & bed
Sanitation & clean water
Breaking camp
Ultralight & other variants
Desert, canyon & coastline travel
The winter wilderness
Hiking & camping with kids
Some common medical problems
Threats from the environment
Problem animals & plants
Where the wild things are
Toward a wilderness forever
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