20 March 2012
National Geographic Books
The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide
For anyone who enjoys stepping out on the trail, whether for short jaunts in a local park or a multiday backcountry trek, this fun, colourful book details everything you need to know about travelling backcountry light and fast.
Adventure-athlete author, Andrew Skurka, keeps his pack down to 5 kg (without food and water), and regularly logs 30-plus miles per day. The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is sprinkled with vignettes throughout, making for an inspiring, educational tome that’s worth reading for the stories alone.
The book covers everything you need for any kind of hike, from a sunday trek in the hills to a full-on expedition across the country, and for each section providing a clear, concise outline of what you need the gear for, when you should use it, and how to pack.
Covering clothing, footwear, trekking poles, backpacks, shelter systems, sleep systems, and much more, there are a lot of options for both new and experienced trekkers. Skurka helpfully provides useful listings of the pros and cons of each item, helping you make the right choice for your trip.