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Basic Essentials Solo Hiking (Basic Essentials Series) Paperback – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Essentials Series
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: FalconGuides; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762709561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762709564
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What you need to know for the safest and most enjoyable solo hiking experience, from the long-standing outdoor series.

About the Author

Adrienne Hall (Crested Butte, Colorado) is the author of A Woman's Guide to Backpacking and A Journey North, the latter an account of her through-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "chessforfun" on February 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent introduction to solo hiking and backpacking. It's well-written, but doesn't lose the reader in minute, mind-boggling detail that is really relevant only to experienced hikers undertaking longer treks into real wilderness. She hits the target of helping the recreational, weekend hiker learn to travel alone. Her discussion of gear is particularly good. She covers the principles of gear (tarp vs. tent vs. bivy sack, or white gas vs. canister stove, for example) very well. She explains how to choose gear that fits your camping style, but she doesn't get bogged down in the endless variety of brands and models (which change about every other month.) She does a good job of covering skills that the solo hiker needs, but she does assume the reader has some basic knowledge of weekend-style backpacking and camping. That knowledge can be found in the excellent companion volume, Basic Essentials: Backpacking (which Adrienne Hall co-authored with Harry Roberts.) If you intend to backpack mostly on well-established trails in national parks and national forests, taking mostly weekend trips (and maybe a week-long trip every couple years), you may never need any other books to help you enjoy the sport.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Crawford on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
The worst reason to not go into the wilderness is because you don't have someone to share it with. Some of my most rewarding wilderness adventures have been alone. This is a great book to give you the confidence to do just that. The most important things for me are to NEVER take risks that can leave to injury (like don't jump across boulders even if it easy). One slip and you are hurt and on your own. Also alway let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Trustworthy friends and family are good for this, but if you get out as much as I do you may feel like you are a burden to them. Thats why I started homesafeoutdoors.com, a company that can keep track of thousands of itineraries and return times simultaneously. If you don't make it back by your return time, we call your emergency contacts and initiate a search and rescue operation. Have fun out there!
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this is book is VERY basic. I would expect that anyone who wants to venture out alone would have at least several multiday experiences with someone who knows what they are doing. If one has done this, there is little to learn from this book. Enjoyable read, fast and short, if only to gain the satisfaction that anyone that has backpacked for a few years could also write this book.
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