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Hiking Light Handbook: Carry Less, Enjoy More (Backpacker Magazine) Paperback – Illustrated, March 30, 2004
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Walking lighter can increase the pleasure of any outdoor adventure. This book will help you do it safely and intelligently. (Los Angeles Daily News)
Berger provides tips for minimizing our load and provides lots of sound advice…Her advice applies to day hikers as well as long-distance sojourners. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Berger's book is for dayhikers and backpackers who aren't planning a full-fledged lightweight revolution. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
For intermediate hikers learning to adapt to conditions and lighter loads, this book is the ticket. (Los Angeles Times)
Feels like a conversation with an old friend. (PCTA Communicator)
This book is a lot more than another cut-the-handle-off-your-toothbrush exercise in weight reduction. It's a blueprint for enjoying the outdoors. (Reel News)
The information in this book will appeal to a wide range of hikers. (Sports Etc.)
Sure to appeal to those trail junkies who just can't make their packs light enough…If you are interested in lightening the load-a great idea to help you enjoy your trip more-this book will help you do that. (Farmington (NM) Daily Times)
About the Author
KAREN BERGER has hiked more than 10,000 miles on five continents. She is one of approximately 20 people who have through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. She is an accomplished and well-published author, with books including Hiking the Triple Crown. Berger has been a contributing editor to Backpacker magazine and a hiking editor for Gorp.com.
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This is not a fad book telling you to achieve a light pack by an excessive use of the scissors or drills, nor by sponging off fellow hikers for things you should not have left home. Nor does she advocate mortgaging the house to buy the latest, super expensive, lite weight gear sold in some high end backpack shops or web sites.
This book is for the active backpacker who is neither a faddist nor an extremist. If you tend to be a faddist and want a quick fix then check out Lighten Up by Don Ladigin or if you have deep pockets, a long attention span and do most of your backpacking west of the Mississippi, read Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan. An exhaustive, well written book about Ultra Lightweight backpacking. But if you are looking for good solid advise lightening up your pack for a more enjoyable trail experience, this is your book!