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Winter Hiking and Camping: Managing Cold for Comfort & Safety (Backpacker) Paperback – Illustrated, September 30, 2003
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This will give newbies a good base on winter backcountry use, whether they camp or not. (Billings Gazette)
This book could be the equivalent of a snowplow in the backwoods -- able to open up new avenues with tips, tricks, and must-know safety techniques. (Erie (PA) Times)
Winter Hiking & Camping makes a good case to enjoy the outdoors in winter. (Deseret Morning News)
If you don't plan to sit by the fire all winter, but rather want to get out and enjoy the snow and the cold, Winter Hiking and Camping should be at the top of your list...Even if you're an experienced cold-weather camper, you'll probably find quite a few tips on how to make your next trip to the snow backcountry a more pleasurable experience. (Cheyenne Wyoming Eagle-Tribune)
Following [Lanza's] guidelines, you can expect to stay safe, warm, and comfortable … If camping or hiking in the winter sounds way too scary, this book should help chase off a few fears. Using the techniques in this book will make a huge difference. (Idaho Falls Post Register)
Good to have for those who travel a lot in the winter months in snow country. (Klamath Falls Herald and News)
About the Author
MICHAEL LANZA is a Backpacker magazine Contributing Editor, based in Idaho. He is the author of BP: Day Hikers Handbook and has published The Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Travel; Country Roads of Massachusetts; and Foghorn Outdoors: New England Hiking. He is also a contributor to AMC Outdoors, the magazine.
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Cooking does not include any suggestions or recipes. just simple advice like, "bring plenty of food an extra food."
The book is completely absent of any stories of experiences nor does it relate any of the information to anything interesting or fun. It is simply a rather bland book that simply provides the very most basic information in a flavorless matter of fact way.
With this book, the reader will feel quite confident in their ability to day-hike in the winter and to use snowshoes, but will probably want to pursue further reading for skiing and gain experience in the backcountry in the winter before camping (a point the author suggests as well). The book is focused on stressing the importance of proper winter clothing, safety and nutrition, and includes helpful short sections on various types of clothing and layering systems for mild and hard outdoor exertion. Its section on backcountry safety is well done and would be very helpful for the beginner. It is true that the author dismisses traditional wood-framed snowshoes, but that is probably because most beginners to winter hiking would be better served opting for easier-to-use modern snowshoes anyway.
I found the book useful for most the audience and easy to read. The author makes an effort to take the fear of the 'rugged wilderness' from the novice winter trekker without understating the importance of safety.
This book is an excellent addition to one's backcountry library. You will go back to it many, many times...
The book covers the important parts giving the reader a good idea what to expect in winter - covering gear and clothing as well.