Complete Idiot Guide To Camping And Hiking 2e Paperback – Sep 28 1999
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You're no idiot, of course. You know how to make the bed, start the oven, even keep the squirrels out of the backyard bird feeder. But when it comes to pitching a tent, lighting a campfire, and warding off bears, you feel like Lucy and Ricky on their camping trip. Don't try to 'splain just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Camping and Hiking, Second Edition, teaches you the simple skills you need to take the trauma out of camping. This updated edition can help you feel confident about choosing and using your equipment...even in the middle of winter! In this Complete Idiot's guide, you get:
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It does a good job of dispelling most myths or unnecessary worries when camping remotely for the first time. It uses a mix of humor and first-hand experience to circumvent the anxiety and implant a bit of security.
It covers the essential 10 and comfort camping tools most people pick up (and sometimes never think of). For its intent, I appreciated the discussions on types of each item and their pros/cons. For example, fuel types since propane is not always the best or efficient way to go, and some campers don't know otherwise.
WHY ONLY THREE STARS?
My final observation, causing the 3-stars, was that many topics regarding decision making on part of the camper when it comes to item selection can tend to be subtlety to blatantly biased. One example can be found within the discussion of battery types where the author mentions Carbon-Zinc, Alkaline, and Lithium. He shrugs off any possible use of Rechargeables as being highly inferior and that "they are more appropriate for running toy bunnies." This makes the author look like an idiot himself. Unless he has been living under a rock (no pun intended), he would know that the current technology in NiMH available to the consumer is very close to and sometimes exceeding the performance of alkalines. They perform well at lower temperatures significantly compared to alkalines due in part to their chemical structure. He mentions a lack of "detection" when running out as well, though most quality outdoor equipment includes voltage regulation making that point mute. Finally, NiMH are superior to Alkalines in high-drain devices (ie. quality headlamps). I don't need my science degree to tell you this, it's esaily assimilated by anyone interested. And supposedly this is the "revised" and updated edition.
New campers: get your basics, but pick gear based on your own preferences or reviews by others.
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