BOOKS ABOUT EQUIPMENT AND GEAR


The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual: Equipment Care, Repair, and Selection

By: Annie Getchell, Dave Getchell

This edition will address new techniques and materials, and include lessons learned on more than 200 expeditions they have taken recently as part of the PBS series "Anyplace Wild." David Getchell, the former equipment editor of Backpacker, was the series producer and Annie the on-air co-host. In this second edition, each chapter will feature a new section describing what to look for and how best to purchase equipment--and more importantly, how to use it properly. The Getchells stress the economic and environmental benefits of maintaining and repairing--rather than replacing gear that is often very expensive. The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual is a multisport reference that addresses everything from tents, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and camera gear to climbing equipment, canoes, kayaks, backpacks, and cooking gear. It is filled with anecdotes to show what works and what doesn't. It covers such things as patching a canoe, cleaning a camp stove jet, repairing zipper slides, fixing ice ax teeth, reweaving snowshoe webbing, and mending a rain jacket. Appendices include information on adhesives, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, kits, knots, tools, repair services, resources, and additional reading. Annie Getchell's self-effacing humor and honesty about her own equipment mishaps have elicited praise from reviewers, and the Getchells' more than 35 years of writing about outdoor equipment lends much authority to their advice. The second edition will feature new up-to-date photographs, and more of Annie Getchell's clear, whimsical illustrations

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Hiking & Backpacking : A Complete Guide (A Trailside Guide Series)

By: Karen Berger, John Viehman

Never before have so many Americans wanted to experience the wild corners of this land. Now this complete guide gives them the tools and the skills to do so. Packed with imaginative ideas for the greater enjoyment of day hikes and long-distance treks alike, beginners and pros will benefit from this invaluable guide. Color photos.

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Making Camp : The Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Paddlers & Skiers

By: Dennis Coello, John Harlin, Alan Kesselheim, Steve Howe

Here is a comprehensive, detailed camping how-to compiled by Backpacker field experts for anyone traveling by foot, boat, bicycle, or skis, through all kinds of terrain, year-around. Gleaned from the lifetime experiences of four Backpacker magazine field experts, this compendium of advice, checklists, suggestions, priorities, rules of thumb, and special considerations presents the best from the best. Learn how to select sites, arrange your kitchen, build a portable toilet, pitch a tent, build a fire, and leave no trace.

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Winter Camping, 2d

By: Stephen Gorman

Completely revised and expanded, this AMC classic covers the essentials of staying warm and safe in the winter. Used in outdoor education classes from Maine to Minnesota, this guide is a must have for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountaineers, and snow boarders.

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