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Allen and Mikes Really Cool Backpackin' Book
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- Author: Allen O'Bannon; illustrated by Mike Clelland
- ISBN: 9781560449126
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Unlike so many of its kind, this book is comprehensive without being obscure; no lessons on building water bucket baskets or how to skin and dry moose meat for the winter. This handbook addresses the basics of backpacking with enthusiasm, and it proves contagious for the reader.
Allen O'Bannon clearly is not in the lightweight backpacking camp, which I am. O'Bannon writes about heavy pack loads (how to properly put on a heavy pack) and leather hiking boots. The book is loaded with ideas that will be interesting to all backpackers. I wouldn't recommend the book to someone just starting out with backpacking. For those readers I would give it just two stars. However, I would recommend it for a current backpacker that wants some fresh ideas or a fairly new backpacker that has read a couple books on lightweight backpacking first. The book isn't loaded with a lot of fluff that can be found everywhere. It is also easy to read and not nearly as boring as many backpacking books.
If you are a beginner, this is the book for you; if you're experienced, this also has some good tips you may not have run across. (If passing horses on a trail, go downhill ...) The emphasis is to cover the high points, why they are the high points, enough to get you out and back, share some of the mistakes you are wiser to do without, and make the outdoors experience better for both you and those who follow after you.
I got the book for the tent and tarp sections - I read all of it just because it was so well presented and fun. Buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. I love this whole book series. Great for all ages. I especially like that the illustrations add their own information to the book and don't just serve to illuminate... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Keith
This book is my backpackers bible. There are some really great tips here - no secrets but good tips.Published 1 month ago by Dillon
Belongs on the bookshelf of every backpacker. The tips given help you lighten your load, pack more efficiently, and have a better time when you're out in the wild. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HCI Media
This book was recommended by another backpacking book I was reading. It is great.Published 7 months ago by ChiliDave
This is an easy-read guide for beginner backpacks. The topics ranged from equipment selection, nutrition, trip planning, navigation, and leave no trace principles. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin
Great book! Exactly what I needed for my class. Amazon makes it so easy - Thank you!Published 9 months ago by Michelle Middler
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have bought copies for many friends who want to try out backpacking. best advice. great little cartoon guides. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angela Whitehead