Backpacking: One Step at a Time
Recent innovations in backpacking gear and clothing are all covered in this new revision which continues to contain everything you need to know to strike out in the wilderness. Illustrated. A classic!
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 12th 1986 by Vintage
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More details on every aspect of backpacking than most of us ever want to know, but a very useful book for the beginner. Detailed info on choosing gear, planning a hike, how and what to pack, interspersed with bits of hiking history and lore. The running gag on dried spinach convinced me to go out and hunt some down. Includes a chapter on taking the family. It's been a while since this was published but some things don't really change a lot.
Manning's congenial tone and repetitive humor begins to grate sometime in the third chapter, but the information and advice he presents is helpful. The entire middle of the book is composed of gear reviews, which are out of date and done better elsewhere anyways, but the first and last few chapters are a solid discussion backpacking practices and considerations. The best thing about this book is Manning's attitude, which is no-nonsense and practical.
Really funny; the prose is just read-out-loud awesome. A lot of the particulars on gear, etc., are out of date (I was reading the 1st edition, I can't speak to the accuracy of the 2nd edition, which is listed here) but the basics are still applicable.
Harvey Manning was a noted author of hiking guides and climbing textbooks, and a tireless hiking advocate. Manning lived on Cougar Mountain, within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington, calling his home the "200 meter hut". His book Walking the Beach to Bellingham is an autobiography and manifesto fleshing out his journal of a hike along the shore of Puget Sound over a two year span.More about Harvey Manning...