- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: AdventureLore Press; 3rd ed. Illustrated. edition (July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963235931
- ISBN-13: 978-0963235930
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardine's Guide to Lightweight Hiking Paperback – July, 1999
The Oxford Guide to Library Research
Sponsored by Oxford University Press. Explore this featured guide on conducting research.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Though most of the book is condensed wisdom, some of Jardine's suggestions struck me as dubious. For example:
1) Suggesting people will get used to giardia is irresponsible. Some may, some may not. Sitting on a porcelain throne is no way to spend your hike.
2) Quilts are cold and drafty. The bottoms of sleeping bags, where the insulation is compressed, do provide a function: they keep the cold air out.
3) Taking your own silverware to a restaurant is dubious. There are many ways to get digestive tract illness, dirty silverware at a restaurant is just one and not the most likely.
4) People taking help from trail angels are not parasites. (Though people expecting help from trail angels may be.)
5) Many people need to eat for comfort as well as nutrition. I don't recommend Ray's trail menu unless you are not fond of eating.
6) Recommending stealth camping as a tactic to avoid bears was also irresponsible. Many people do not take bear canisters, get nervous when bears stalk their camp and then try hanging their food, which the bears happily eat. This is driving the Rangers nuts as bears increasingly become habituated to people food, making the bears potentially dangerous.
7) Do not count on vibrational harmony keeping mosquitoes away. Odds are, most bugs haven't read Jardine's book and don't know you are in vibrational harmony with them. Use DEET.
Still anyone hiking should benefit from this book. Just don't let Mr. Jardine do all the thinking for you.
Ray's book covers the basics of backpacking without any hype and dispels many of its myths. Important items, such as footwear, clothing, backpacks, food, cooking utensils and tents, are covered in unexpected detail and clarity. For example, I thought the best shoes for backpacking were the sturdiest, thickest full-grained leather with gore-tex liners. Ray jokingly mocks the boot advertisements and explains why a lightweight pair of trail sneakers works better. Another good example, with clothing, is the selection of socks. He uses and recommends thin nylon socks because they are durable, inexpensive, somewhat breathable, and easy to hand wash and dry. I think I unknowingly wasted about $15 bucks on each pair of smartwool socks.
Ray's writing is clear and easy to follow. Each subject is covered very thoroughly. Beginners, like myself, may want to skim through some sections to gain some basic knowledge and understanding. More advanced backpackers may want to read sections more thoroughly and compare their knowledge and experience with his. Mr.Read more ›
A word of caution before you approach this book: it is not for novices or people approaching hiking/ backpacking with initial enthusiasm and expecting an uplifting and nicely illustrated book. Jardine's tone is often critical of established hiking practices. Some of his own suggestions will seem extreme or absurd to a novice. You need to have gone to a few overnight hikes before you can start to understand, let alone agree with, Jardine.
Tried and true strategies from an experienced expert. As an experienced hiker, I agree with Jardine in most of the book, even if I do not practice similarly. The most useful advice is on ruthlessly cutting down the weight of your pack and gear. Also very useful are his insights on "stealth" camping, water purification, trail food, footwear, dealing with bears and bugs, etc. He even covers the use of ice axes! The book is a relatively large compendium of thought provoking ideas.
You must know where Jardine's coming from in this book: 100-day long continuous hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail and other mega-hikes. This type of outdoor activity does not appeal to me, and I bet most of us won't be doing it either (got time to take a 100-day vacation? wanna spend it all in the woods?). Here are a couple of examples of how the mega-hike mentality skews the usefulness of the advice in this book. Jardine pushes for cutting down on pack weight. However, he mentions how he lugs along many gallons of watter on long and dry trail stretches, and as we all know, water is about the heaviest bulk in your pack.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have any interest in backpacking, this book should be the first piece of gear you buy. It has an incredible amount of detail on every aspect of hiking.Published 29 days ago by Big Wirr
A must for anyone preparing for the Pacific Crest Trail or any long distance hike.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has completely changed the way I think about backpacking. How much crap people tend to bring is so unnecessary (which I guess is fine, to each his own). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paynard
One of my favorite books. This is my third copy because whenever I lend it out I don't get it back. A must have for all hikers.Published 10 months ago by P.Cusack
This is an awesome book!! As many have written, Ray Jardine's guide to backpacking is not JUST about going light... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DrBryan
This book truly could be the Bible for lightweight backpacking. It is excellent, and after reading it once, I keep referring back to different sections. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ChiliDave
I have read and re-read this book. I love the wealth of thought and exposure to his creative thinking. I still learn stuff from it that I missed in the other readings. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Evan B.