This thoroughly researched yet accessible backpacking book offers a complete view of backpacking today, exploring everything from how to plan a trip and select gear to emergency procedures and first-aid care in the field
A revised, updated, and comprehensive guide to backpacking with a complete view of modern-day backpacking, The Backpacker’s Field Manual covers the best in gear, first aid, and Leave No Trace camping, and also includes chapters dedicated to trip planning, cooking and nutrition, hygiene and water purification, and more.
Whether you’re about to set off on your first hike or have been camping for decades, The Backpacker’s Field Manual is an indispensable guide for trip planning strategies and also works as a quick reference on the trail for:
• Back-country skills: how to forecast the weather, identify trees, bear-proof your campsite, wrap an injured ankle, and more—with over one hundred illustrations to guide you
• Tricks of the trail: time-tested practical lessons learned along the way
• Going ultra-light: downsizing suggestions for those who want to lighten up
Every traveler knows that space in a backpack is limited, so on your next trip, carry the only guide you'll ever need—this one—and take to the great outdoors with confidence.
About the Author
Rick Curtis is the director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University, one of the largest and most successful college outdoor programs in the country. He lectures regularly on topics ranging from outdoor leadership to risk management. Rick has been backpacking around the world for more than twenty-five years.