(From the back cover)
Here are expert tips and tricks for hikers and backpackers covering everything from packing and planning to field repairs and emergency improvisations.
Can't find the hole in the air mattress? Need tips for backcountry meals? A surprise cold front has rolled in... need some improvised gloves, fast? EVERYDAY WISDOM: 1001 Expert Tips for Hikers by Karen Berger. A few small tricks from a seasoned expert make all the difference.
Here is a one-stop, easy-to-use collection of practical advice, timesaving tips, problem-solving techniques, brilliant improvisations, and everyday wisdom to show hikers how to make their way, and make do, in the backcountry. The secret is preparing for the predictable and solving problems by avoiding them, says Berger. Learn the basics, food and kitchen, travel across backcountry terrain, creating comfort, weather issues, staying healthy, water, field repairs, equipment maintenance between trips, and much more. Karen Berger is the author of Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Guide and Where the Waters Divide, and is a contributing editor to BACKPACKER magazine. She lives in Bronxville, NY.
TIP: Improvising firestarters. The instructions that come with your clothes dryer tell you to remove the lint from the lint screen because it's a fire hazard. But it's just what you want when you're stuck in the rain in outer-nowhere! If you're the plan-ahead type, take some along. If not, check the insides of your wool shirt or fleece jacket.
TIP: Five things to do with an old Ensolite pad. Cut out a piece big enough to sit on during breaks. Wrap it around a water bottle as an insulator. If a pack is poking, stick a piece of pad in the offending place. Use it as a stove pad in the winter time. Wrap it with duct tape and use it as a cutting board.
1001 fun-to-read tips for beginning to expert hikers and backpackers
Concise, easy-to-use hints selected from one of the most popular Backpacker columns
Great gift for any hiker or backpacker
Paperback: 207 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (September 1997)
Author: Karen Berger