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Complete Idiot Guide To Camping And Hiking 2e Paperback – Sep 28 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (Sept. 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028631862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028631868
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 712 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,473,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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As a very inexperienced camper, I feel relatively prepared after reading this book! Although the author is clearly more of an *x-treme* outdoorsman than I will ever be, the information about all levels of outdoor activities is interesting and might prove useful one day. A very quick, easy read - highly recommended!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a1b79fc) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1ce45c) out of 5 stars A good primer June 8 2000
By Jean Peplinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a very inexperienced camper, I feel relatively prepared after reading this book! Although the author is clearly more of an *x-treme* outdoorsman than I will ever be, the information about all levels of outdoor activities is interesting and might prove useful one day. A very quick, easy read - highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1ce4b0) out of 5 stars great deal for a college class textbook March 24 2010
By Carrie L. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book seems great for people who need basic skills for camping. I bought it for a college class and already knew about camping, but I am planning to keep it for reference anyway!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1ce78c) out of 5 stars Great help March 20 2013
By robyn mcclintock - Published on Amazon.com
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Using this book in my Girl Scout trainings, and it explains alot of things that the new leaders need to know.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1ce684) out of 5 stars Good information across many topics Sept. 9 2007
By Nate P - Published on Amazon.com
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I already camp and hike but was looking for a book that would cover areas that I wasn't familiar with yet. It does a very good job of filling this need. It would also be an excellent starter for someone who hasn't camped or hiked before. Once you decide on a specific interest there are deeper books on specific areas available.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1ce870) out of 5 stars Good basics...take with a grain of salt... March 22 2006
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this title to give as an introduction guide to someone before they went camping. I decided to read it myself to get a mental picture of what the reader would learn. I observed a couple things:

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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