The Backpacker's Field Manual


The Backpacker's Field Manual
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title The Backpacker's Field Manual
Manufacturer Three Rivers Press
Page By 2skinners
Page Type Jun 29, 2007 / Jun 29, 2007
Object ID 3477
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Product Description

(Excerpt taken from back of the book)

"The Backpacker's Field Manual has been the bible of the Princeton University Outdoor Action Program for more than a decade, field-tested by one of the most respected outdoor programs in the country. It is the most comprehensive backpacking guide available--broad in scope while still focused on the essential skills and information that backpackers need to travel safely and comfortably in the wilderness. Backpackers of all levels will find this book indispensable:
-before you start your trip, for deciding on an itinerary, selecting equipment, and figuring out what food, clothing, and other supplies to pack;
-once you're out in the wilderness, for choosing a campsite, setting up camp, navigating with map and compass, identifying trees and plants, and preparing meals (recipes included!);
-if something unexpected happens, for finding a lost person, seeking shelter in a lightning storm, and performing first aid for common injuries.

More than 100 line drawings illustrate such useful skills as how to set up a tarp, repair your stove, wrap an injured ankle, predict the weather, and much more. And scattered throughout are Tricks of the Trail, additional tips for successful backcountry hiking.
Any traveler knows that space in a backpack is limited, so on your next trip, pack the only guide you'll need--this one.


This book is a comprehensive guide to mastering backcountry skills and includes instruction in the following areas:

Trip Planning
First Aid
Wilderness Travel


Paperback: 374 pages
Author: Rick Curtis
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Language: English
Cost: $15.95
ISBN #: 0-517-88783-5

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2skinners - Jun 29, 2007 9:19 am - Voted 5/5

Excellent Read
I found this book full of useful information. You pretty much have to read it through a couple of times to soak up everything though. I have found a few things very useful, such as using your hand with the sun to see how many hours of daylight is left. That has helped me judge time several times. There is plenty of other things covered in this book that are worthwhile. If you don't know it all or don't know much, than this is a great book to have.

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