- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 4 edition (October 10, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007175489X
- ISBN-13: 978-0071754897
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
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Chris Townsend (Granton-on-Spey, Scotland), an internationally recognized rough-terrain hiker, is the author of several books, including Wilderness Skiing and Winter Camping and Backpacker’s Handbook, Second Edition.
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.