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by Chris Townsend

eBook The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition download ISBN: 007175489X
Author: Chris Townsend
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 4 edition (October 10, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 480
ePub: 1148 kb
Fb2: 1193 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Traveling
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Chris Townsend has given us a great reference with current information on what's out there to make your outdoor stays easier and more enjoyable

Chris Townsend has given us a great reference with current information on what's out there to make your outdoor stays easier and more enjoyable. He speaks from experience, only telling us about gear he actually used/uses, and he let's us know how much it weighs. While he is not fanatical about ultralight, he makes a good case for lightening your load and gives you the info you need to do it.

The Backpacker's Handbook by far provided us with the most reliable and practical information

by. Chris Townsend (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. The Backpacker's Handbook by far provided us with the most reliable and practical information. From gathering supplies, planning meals, preparing for weather, to packing the backpack and how to deal with unexpected circumstances, this book covered it all. My daughter and I just returned from our "girls weekend out" after 3 days on the AT where the temperature dropped to 30 F overnight without a hitch.

The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. Backpack (UK) "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear

The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. Backpack (UK) "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense

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Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys. The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. You'll find the last word on

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Book Format: Choose an option. -Backpack (UK) "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense. -Sierra "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. If you tramp the outdoors, get this book.

An excellent backpacking resource written in a personal, down-to-earth style by a man who definitely knows his stuff.

What you need to know before you hit the trails

Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys. The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. You'll find the last word on: How to choose packs and footwear―and make sure they fit What clothing to take on the trail Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices And much more

Reviews from previous editions "The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."--Backpack (UK) "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense." --Sierra "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."Maine Sportsman "For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Comments: (7)
Kegal
Approximately a month and a half ago myself and my 16 year old daughter decided to plan a "weekend getaway" on the AT. Myself having not been backpacking since pre-child days, as well as never being responsible for orchestrating the whole event, and my daughter who had never been, we needed to do some research. I purchased a few books as well as reviewed some
Internet articles. The Backpacker's Handbook by far provided us with the most reliable and practical information. From gathering supplies, planning meals, preparing for weather, to packing the backpack and how to deal with unexpected circumstances, this book covered it all. My daughter and I just returned from our "girls weekend out" after 3 days on the AT where the temperature dropped to 30 F overnight without a hitch. We had everything planned to a tee thanks to the information provided by Chris Townsend in this book. We are hooked and can't wait to hit the trail again!
Inertedub
This is a great book for backpacking. Shows you example lists of what a pro backpacker would take along. This guy backpacks for months at a time so it is interesting to see what he does to make it work. Doesn't talk much about pairs backpacking (like what the two of you could share carrying the load on, etc.). But if you are going it alone, wow you will have it made following his advise. He also addresses use of cell phones and minimizing weight/excess stuff. It's really a great book, just a bit long winded for the beginning backpacker, especially if you're looking for a quick start and a few checklists.
Dalallador
This comprehensive text is great for those looking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of backpacking. However, those who are looking for a “sound-bite” version of Learn to Backpack will be disappointed. You have to put some effort into reading this; it’s written as a coherent, well-organized book rather than being a compendium of sidebars, “hacks,” or random factoids interspersed with lots of marketing photos. So, if you’re a reader, you’ll like it; if you’re a skimmer, you won’t.

No one can hold a candle lantern to Colin Fletcher’s Complete Walker series - but Townsend is a worthy successor. His text isn’t as colorful as Fletcher’s, but he still includes numerous stories and experiences that expand and illustrate the topic he’s covering. His knowledge of gear details is extensive, and he is able to discuss gear in the context of its historical development as well as noting the technical details of how to choose and how to use gear. He also puts ultralight in the spectrum of approaches to backpacking, and intelligently discusses its advantages and disadvantages (unlike many ultralight disciples.)

If you’re just learning to backpack, there are adequate books to get you through your first trip - provided the sun is shining and you’re not going to be out for more than a couple of nights. Anything beyond that, and you really need this book.
Bukus
I did not expect to read the entire book, thinking it would be a nice reference and at a good price, but I'm not that interested in backpacking anymore, mostly car camping, with the occasional overnight trip with the younger guys from my church.

Chris Townsend has given us a great reference with current information on what's out there to make your outdoor stays easier and more enjoyable. He speaks from experience, only telling us about gear he actually used/uses, and he let's us know how much it weighs. While he is not fanatical about ultralight, he makes a good case for lightening your load and gives you the info you need to do it. Plus, he provides us (I know I'm switching persons as I write, but I'm not getting graded on my writing style for this.) with references, including web sites we can use to get more details or additional information.

All in all, I am finding myself reading an entire book I bought for reading a single chapter.
Kigabar
I have read a lot of books relating to my favorite outdoors addiction and can honestly say that I rarely close the cover thinking that I had spent my time well. Not the case with this one. Make sure that you get the latest edition. Because, one of the really great things about this book is that the author does a lot of comparison and contrast between the different offerings for each of the critical items that you need to have a safe and satisfying excursion. I am a bit of a gear-head (as it seems most serious trekkers are these days) and I give a lot of thought to what I buy and what I take with me. It is very difficult to sort the marketing reviews/reviewers from the honest and experienced people these days and this author takes a chance that not many do these days. He actually talks about what he uses and prefers, instead of just a bunch of dribble about everything he mentions. Add to that many pictures and illustrations and you actually have a "manual" that helps you to sort through the many, many offerings that are out there to select the ones that are likely to be the best suited for you.

Very nice job Mr. Townsend. Keep up the great work and rest assured that it has assisted some of us that share your passion for the solitude of back country wandering!
Umrdana
I've consulted this book countless times in preparing for my own trips into the wilderness. The author has clearly "been there, done that", and communicates options for gears and best-practices extremely well. I highly recommend this book for people already experienced with day-hiking and looking to get into wilderness backpacking, and those who've done a little backpacking and want to improve their game.
DireRaven
Townsend has done his research. I found the book to be very informative and well written.

Townsend paints with a broad brush, and necessarily so, there is simply too much to discuss, and the technology of the pursuit moves much to fast for anyone to write with detail; the beauty of this book is that he gives you a wonder starting point from which to do your own due diligence.