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Joy of Backpacking: Your complete guide to attaining pure happiness in the outdoors [Paperback]

Brian Beffort

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Book Description

May 7 2007
The Joy of Backpacking, a comprehensive guide covering every aspect of how to backpack--from planning a first trip to advanced wilderness travel--is perfect for amateur backpackers and veterans alike. For those new to the activity, longtime backpacker and author Brian Beffort covers the fundamentals, with sections on trip planning, gear, backcountry nutrition and cooking, navigation and other essential wilderness skills, what to expect on the trail and in camp, and how to stay safe with first aid, weather preparedness, and more. For experienced packers, The Joy of Backpacking is filled with practical tips and inspired ideas on how to update and refine your approach to backpacking based on trends in lightweight gear, high-tech gadgets, changing wilderness rules, and increasing opportunities for wilderness travel around the world. No other backpacking guide has more comprehensive coverage combined with unique, personalized advice on how to get the most out of this classic outdoor pursuit.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1 edition (May 7 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974057
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,605,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Some of Brian Beffort's favorite moments have taken place while exploring the American West and other parts of the world while carrying everything he needs on his back. He is also the author of Afoot & Afield Las Vegas & Southern Nevada: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide. He works as the Associate Director of Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever and Well Written Book Sept. 6 2007
By Glenn D. Bosio - Published on Amazon.com
The author of this book clearly writes from experience and the topics covered are well researched. Everything from responding to a bear who is sharing your trail to storing toilet paper - securely. My wife and I both enjoyed the author's sense of humor and his ability to make a thousand little things important elements to enhancing our experience (and expectations) of backpacking.

I would highly recommend this fun and thorough book to anyone interested in connecting with the outdoors.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any backpacker - and any general-interest lending collection catering to campers and hikers - needs this. Dec 2 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
JOY OF BACKPACKING: YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO ATTAINING PURE HAPPINESS IN THE OUTDOORS covers all the gear, backcountry skills, and fitness training needed to make a backpacking trip an exceptional, fun experience. Color sidebars of special information - such as how to keep warm and how to hike so as to leave no trace - compliments larger articles on the topics, offering both at-a-glance quick information backed by more expansive articles. Black and white photos compliment first-person insights into the systems and approaches that have made Brian Beffort's backpacking experiences noteworthy and fun. Any backpacker - and any general-interest lending collection catering to campers and hikers - needs this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic book July 5 2014
By C. Liebeck - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book well enough, but it's geared more for the beginning backpacker. The book is well-rounded and touches on many different topics pertaining to backpacking. I recommend it for someone who is considering getting started in backpacking or has only been backpacking a few times.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude Sept. 10 2013
By Cara - Published on Amazon.com
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They have a chapter called, s***ting in the woods. I love this book. Its really straight forward, small, cheap and well..its basic.
3.0 out of 5 stars More basic than I expected March 11 2014
By gregory s buchler - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a fine book, and I am learning things from it. I guess I was, perhaps unreasonably, expecting to learn more tips and tricks. I have backpacked 3 times and already read quite a bit, and learned from friends. Still, I am 2/3 done w/the book and I think it's worth my time to finish reading it. The section on knots was a good reminder that I need to relearn how to tie knots.

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