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The New Wilderness Handbook

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Conservation is the theme: of the individual, of equipment, and of the environment. Clothing, equipment, and rations are thoroughly discussed, along with the necessity for good expedition behavior. There are chapters on trail techniques, camping for conservation, and basic climbing, and more specialized information on summer snow techniques and winter mountaineering. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 17th 1984 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 1984)
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Walter Underwood
Aug 21, 2016 Walter Underwood rated it it was amazing
I was interested in this book for the info on leadership and expedition behavior, but I ended up most interested in the gear recommendations and the New Wilderness Ethic.

The New Wilderness Ethic is not just conservation, but working together as an honest, respectful, cooperating, effective group, whether as tentmates or as visitors to federal or Native American land. This ethic is in every chapter of the book. I think there is more discussion about being a good tentmate than choosing a good tent
My understanding is that this book is considered a classic, and the copyright being 1974 I can see why. Lots of good info in here, including stuff I hadn't read elsewhere. The amount written about leadership is great, as that's actually why i picked the book. Too many other books don't really go in-depth enough and just have the usual cliche black-and-white advice on leadership. However, despite being grateful for more being written, I certainly don't agree with it all. Nor do I find it all ...more
Chris Meads
Aug 12, 2016 Chris Meads rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, nature, non-fiction
I read this book just to compare notes about the wilderness experience of the 1980s and now. Most of the gear talked about has changed--we no longer wear wool during the summer and we have better backpacks and other items.

But Petzoldt's ideas of how to treat the wilderness basically remain the same. I don't know if his school still exists but his friend Exum still has the school in the Tetons. I've been there and it's worth a look-see. I will applaud Petzoldt for putting out such a book for hike
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