The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition

What you want to understand ahead of you hit the trails

Whether you're backpacking for the 1st time or a veteran follower of the paths, this greatly useful advisor comprises every thing you want to recognize, from crucial innovations akin to map and compass paintings to the abilities wanted for extra distant wasteland trips. The Backpacker's Handbook additionally provides the most recent info on apparatus. you can find the ultimate on:

  • How to settle on packs and footwear―and be sure they healthy
  • What garments to tackle the path
  • Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and different apparatus
  • GPS, mobile phones, and different digital units
  • And even more

Reviews from prior editions
"The most modern and finished advisor to gear and procedure on hand anywhere."
--Backpack (UK)
"A transparent and complete primer on backpacking apparatus. Townsend's wisdom is immense."
"Belongs in each bookcase facing outside issues. . . . Chockablock packed with necessary, useful, common sense information. . . . if you happen to tramp the outside, get this book."
Maine Sportsman
"For these considering taking a backpack trip, The Backpacker's Handbook is needed reading."
Daily neighborhood News (West Chester, PA)

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