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A Trailside Guide: Advanced Backpacking (Trailside Guides) Vinyl Bound – May 17, 1998
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Some examples of the book's being out of date: There is no index entry for GPS, nor does there seem to be any mention of PLBs. The discussion of water purification doesn't cover chlorine dioxide and recommends a brand of filter that is no longer on the market. Berger discusses bear bags, but not bear canisters, which are now legally required in many areas in the western U.S.
The space taken up by the decorative photos could have been better used with more detailed discussions of topics such as water treatment, tarp techniques, campsite selection. For example, there's a photo of someone calling home from a public phone booth. This photo didn't tell me anything new about long-distance backpacking, although it did reinforce the age of the book -- wow, when's the last time you saw a phone booth? Welcome to the 21st century.
Like the Hiking and Backpacking book, this one also suffers from problems with factual accuracy. E.g., Berger states that "Studies sponsored by the manufacturers" show that in 10 miles of backpacking, trekking poles "can take up to 250 tons of pressure off of your knees and back.Read more ›