What I’m reading in 2018 – The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking
One of my many New Years resolutions was to get out and hike more and hike smarter, and in the spirit of this goal I picked up Jason Stevenson’s “The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.”
But hiking’s easy right? You just grab some water, a snack and hit the trail for a few hours. Well not exactly. As someone who grew up hiking on a weekly basis, I like to think I know a thing or two, but that doesn’t mean I know everything.
Stevenson’s guide tackles the subjects of backpacking and hiking from the standpoint of a beginner, making it easy for anyone to understand. He provides real-world examples of what gear you’ll need and why, and tips for making all your future hiking and backpacking trips a little more enjoyable and of course memorable.
Even if you’ve been hiking for years, you might be surprised by how much you don’t know or have always taken for granted.
The book’s short chapters are packed with insightful tips, tricks, definitions and warnings that demystify hiking and backpacking.
- Training your body for the trail
- Essential gear
- Finding shelter
- Camp cooking
- Hygiene on the trail
- Basic survival skills and first aid
I’m about halfway through the book and I’ve already picked up some awesome tricks and made some major changes to my outdoor wardrobe.
My favorite chapter, so far, was on footwear, which in itself is a daunting topic even for those who never venture onto the trail. Choosing the right hiking boots can mean the difference between a trouble-free day and a callus and curse-word filled hike home.
Who is this book for?
“The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking” is a great resource whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just getting started. The book makes hiking and backpacking about getting out and enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer.
If you’ve enjoyed the occasional hike and want to dive deeper into the sport, I can’t recommend this book enough.
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Please comment and share
- What’s on your reading list this year?
- Do you have any plans for the new year?
- Do you like hiking or backpacking? If so what words of wisdom can you share?
- What is the best lesson you’ve learned about hiking or backpacking?