...This is a reference book that people who want to be serious [desert] hikers should own in their collection." -- Judy Hedding, About.com
From the Author
I intended The Ultimate Desert Handbook to be the reference I always wanted to have with me when exploring the desert, but could never find on the shelves. Not just a ordinary trail guidebook, the Ultimate Desert Handbook was written to provide hikers and other desert visitors with information on the deserts of the world, the peoples, plants and wildlife of North America, and how to safely coexist and survive in a new and perhaps unfamiliar part of our world. The book's 296 pages covers all aspects of desert hiking, backpacking, wheeled travel, equipment, navigation, and survival. Whether it's getting water out of primitive wells, using a map and compass, trip preparation, clothing recommendations, emergency water collection techniques, or GPS navigation tips, the Handbook provides much needed information on how to thrive in the desert environment. The book also contains extensive historical background and modern examples to demonstrate the importance of desert skills to the reader. Whether you're an experienced 'desert rat' or a newcomer to the desert, you'll find The Ultimate Desert Handbook provides more useful information on the desert than anything else in print. May it help you enjoy countless desert adventures of your own!