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The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

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"The Backpacker's Field Manual" has been the bible of the Princeton University Outdoor Action Program for more than a decade, field-tested by one of the most respected outdoor programs in the country. It is the most comprehensive backpacking guide available -- broad in scope while still focused on the essential skills and information that backpackers need to travel safely ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by Three Rivers Press
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Todd Benkert
Aug 15, 2015 Todd Benkert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to backpacking and covers both preparation and the skills needed for wilderness hiking and camping. The book is topically arranged and easy to navigate. Throughout the book, it refers back to other sections to provide a handy reference for field use. The manual includes helpful information on safety and an extensive section on first aid and emergency care. The book prepares the reader for the various things one might experience in the back country ...more
Christopher
Apr 03, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it
In the early 1970s, Princeton University launched a program where incoming freshmen would hike together in the wilderness to get to know each other before classes started. This quickly became popular among American universities, and over the years a large body of collective experience arose. THE BACKPACKER'S FIELD MANUAL was conceived as a compendium of advice for guides leading hikers through America's state and national parks. It was written by Rick Curtis, director of Princeton's program for ...more
Josh Davis
Sep 29, 2015 Josh Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely excellent book on the basics of backpacking and being outdoors.

Each section was copiously detailed with the general knowledge and more in depth knowledge where needed. The author provided many tertiary resources to continue the learning.

In particular, I loved the middle of the book the most. This included the Leave No Trace chapter, Wilderness Travel chapter, and the Weather chapter. I learned the most from them as I was the most ignorant in those areas.

I highly recommend this book
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Chris
Jan 02, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About as expected: a field guide on all of the ins and outs of backpacking, and really goes from soup-to-nuts on the process: from preparing and packing, through equipment descriptions and travel, all the way through first aid, and even a bit on outdoor leadership. Solid guide. After hiking and camping for several years, I still found some useful parts here, tricks on the trail, a remind of what the heck declination is anyway, that sort of stuff.

The read was pretty dry and straight forward, and
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Erica
Jul 10, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wowza. So much information! Really a reference book, not something to read straight thru.
Jamey
Aug 25, 2015 Jamey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great guide to responsible, safe hiking.
Chance Olesak
Valuable and chalk full of knowledge for any camper/backpacker from beginner on up throigh advanced. A must have for any backpacker!
Pam
A wealth of information.
Dex
Jan 27, 2016 Dex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for first time backpackers. One may possibly move away from glamping into camping.
K.C. Shaw
Mar 30, 2012 K.C. Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-owned, outdoors
While the book is pretty thorough, I was disappointed that it didn't cover hot-weather backpacking in more detail. There's a lot of emphasis on winter backpacking (which is reasonable since there's so much that's different from typical three-season trips), but high temperature/high humidity trips are only covered in a line or two here and there. Otherwise, this is a great resource.
Jennifer
May 06, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice guide for backpackers. I am new to backpacking and camping and this book is a good reference guide of what i need to know. The book covers skills on all of the basics - picking out your gear/equipment, nutrition, navigation, weather, first aid, etc, etc. I will be adding this book to my pack until i am no longer a newbie.
Sean Banks
Feb 12, 2012 Sean Banks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely useful backpacking/camping/wilderness survival book. Small enough to be taken with you when go hiking, but you'll need to keep it from getting wet obviously. Very comprehensive section on wilderness emergencies and injury treatment that was quite useful on a recent wilderness survival course.
Josh Skogman
Good reference book. I would recommend for anyone thinking about taking their first backpacking trip. The book covers all the major topics for backpacking. The section on first aid could have been more concise, but would rather have a thorough book than one without any detail.
Reuel
Mar 29, 2008 Reuel rated it really liked it
Excellent backpacking and outdoors skills info by the man who developed Princeton University's outdoor education program (the backpacking freshman orientation week before starting college there. His program became a national model for other colleges.)
Bria
Aug 02, 2011 Bria added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Wouldn't have known where to even start my first long distance hike without the knowledge I gleaned from this book. Terrific source and written in a way that makes it not so textbook like and boring.
Carissa
Feb 23, 2010 Carissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good skills/basics for camping/backpacking. As I want to camp more often, and have zero skills in the realm this book will be my main resource.
Charles
Great resource for novice and experienced backpackers. An essential reference for the outdoor enthusiast's bookshelf.
Shannon
Sep 15, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
thorough review of backpacking skills. another essential for first time backpackers.
Clyph Harrison
Jun 10, 2013 Clyph Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bushcraft
Good information, this book had something for the new and the experienced to learn.
Npilolli
Nov 28, 2012 Npilolli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Npilolli by: Brittany DeLuke
Great book!!! So much useful info!! Will probably end up reading it over again!!
Carl
Apr 04, 2008 Carl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
Pretty good... Filled with info for anyone preparing a trip "Into The Wild..."
Cathy
Aug 11, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very useful information in a well-laid-out format.
Sean
Jun 27, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good resource
James Murphy
Sep 18, 2014 James Murphy rated it it was amazing
Great refresher
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