The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail


By (author) Andrew Skurka

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426209207
  • ISBN 13: 9781426209208
  • Illustrations note: 50 Colour Photographs
  • Sales rank: 73,201

Product description

For anyone who enjoys stepping out on the trail, whether for short jaunts in a local park or a multiday backcountry trek, this fun, colourful book details everything you need to know about travelling backcountry light and fast. Adventure-athlete author, Andrew Skurka, keeps his pack down to 5 kg (without food and water), and regularly logs 30-plus miles per day. "The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide" is sprinkled with vignettes throughout, making for a personal, inspiring, educational tome that might very well be worth reading for the stories alone. The book covers everything from determining exactly what you need, to a show-and-tell of an assortment of lightweight clothing, footwear, trekking poles, backpacks, shelter systems, sleep systems, and more.

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Author information

Andrew Skurka is a sponsored long-distance backpacker, speaker, and writer. He has hiked 25,000 miles-plus since 2002, most recently on a 4,700 mile loop around Alaska and the Yukon. Named "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure (describing him as "a Gen Y version of Thoreau") and Person of the Year by Backpacker Magazine, he was also featured in Outside and Men's Journal.

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"[Andrew] Skurka, "Outside" magazine's 2010 'Adventurer of the Year, ' packs his comprehensive guide with practical information about the best clothing, footwear, trekking poles, backpacks, sleeping bags, knives, shelter systems, and cooking gear that will help you plan your next trip."--"Scouting Magazine"