The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail

The Ultimate Hiker s Gear Guide Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail Supreme long distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard earned knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills Described by National Geographic as one of the best traveled and faste

  • Title: The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail
  • Author: Andrew Skurka
  • ISBN: 9781426209208
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Supreme long distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard earned knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills Described by National Geographic as one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet, and named Adventurer of the Year by Outside and Person of the Year by Backpacker, Skurka recounts what he s learned from than 30,000 milesSupreme long distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard earned knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills Described by National Geographic as one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet, and named Adventurer of the Year by Outside and Person of the Year by Backpacker, Skurka recounts what he s learned from than 30,000 miles of long distance adventures, most recently a 4,700 mile 6 month loop around Alaska and Canada s Yukon.Whether you re a first time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior or a seasoned long distance trekker, you ll love this guide Learn exactly what you need to carry both on your back and between your ears for all seasons and circumstances through a show and tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter and sleep systems, and , as well as through detailed articles on foot care, campsite selection and hiking efficiency Skurka s practical and priceless recommendations give you all the tools and techniques you ll need to hit the trail.

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    1. Everything you wanted to know about ultra-light backpacking, delivered by someone who puts hiking first and all the rest as incidental. This guy is one serious walker; it's as if camping were only a means to an end. But it describes a charmed if challenging life. I wonder if the author isn't heir to a fortune; when does he have time to work?

    2. opening: On every backpacking trip I need clothing, footwear, shelter, a sleeping bag and pad, food and water, and various other items. But my exact selections—whether I take a long-sleeved shirt or a short-sleeved one, an A-frame tarp or a pyramid-shaped one, two 1-liter water bottles or three 2.4-liter ones, et cetera—are informed by two hugely important considerations: 1) My objectives—i.e Why am I going on this trip? and 2) Environmental and route conditions—i.e When and where am I g [...]

    3. I'm getting back into backpacking now that my kids are old enough to join in (my kids are between 8 and 12 years old). This is a serious hiker's book, which I wasn't expecting from a National Geographic publication. It's not really meant for general audiences. This is for people who want to know how to head out into the wilderness, specifically off trail, for hundreds and thousands of miles over many months, sometimes in temperatures down to negative 20 Fahrenheit. That's not what I'm doing myse [...]

    4. This is a great book for someone interested in long-distance backpacking or ultralight hiking/backpacking. I read through most of this book and found it readable and well organized even though some sections are quite technical. One thing that really disappointed me was I was hoping for some advice on what to wear on days that are cold and wet as we have 90% of the time where I live in SE Alaska. I flipped immediately to the section on clothing for different climates upon purchase of the book and [...]

    5. When I started this I did not intend to read the whole book, I thought I would flip through and look at a few things and be done. However, Skurka starts with a compelling story from his novice days as a hiker, and peppers the full book with similar enticing vignettes from his own life and a few from friends to illustrate the hows and whys of different gear and techniques that I found myself reading the whole book with interest. The main disappointment in this book is that it is written from only [...]

    6. Over the past 5-10 years, I have slowly learned how to car camp, then backpack, then light-weight backpack. This book is perfect for different types of backpackers. If you are learning how to backpack, have some experiences and want to take it to the next level, or are experienced and want to fill in the gaps, it is perfect. A great example is the section on layering. If you are not sure where to start, Andrew explains all the different types, including the pros and cons. If you know how to laye [...]

    7. Don't ever walk into REI and tell them straight up that you'd like some gear to go on a "quick overnighter with the boys". By the time I walked out of there I pretty much had enough gear to settle a new continent. I'm not sure why I needed a machete, carabiners, harnesses, that figure 8 whatchumacallit for belaying rope, a helmet, or a rain jacket with an integrated avalanche beacon. Oh yes, I also bought Mace, bells, and rape whistles, though I don't understand why a bear would want to rape me. [...]

    8. The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be a dumbed-down overview of only the basics or, worse, an upselling of gear over training/experience. This book was neither; better, by far, than what I'd feared.Andrew Skurka does a great job of linking his own experiences (both positive and negative) with the advice he gives in the book. Furthermore, he goes beyond the limits of his own experience and brings information and guid [...]

    9. This is a good book for someone is a serious backpacker. Andrew distinguishes between people who are focus on the "hiking" part of backpacking, and those who are more focused on "camping" or activities and backpacking is all about getting them to their destination. This is a book for people who are focused on the hiking, the journey. Andrew covers the topics fairly completely, providing a list of options, a discussion of the various trade-offs, and concluding with his preference. At times his pr [...]

    10. It's been a while since I've done some backpacking. Part of the attraction is the intimate relationship one develops with the gear. Skurka has gone way deeper than I ever will in developing that relationship, and it shows.He shows what he's learned about gear, from how different fabrics work the whole way down to which particular tiny containers he prefers to keep his sunscreen in. And what food he eats. And how to build a super light stove for under $5. And what he'd bring on a variety of sampl [...]

    11. I found much of the advice useful, and especially appreciated how the author provided pros and cons to all options. However, I found Mr. Skurka frequently assumed that just because our macro goals were the same, that our smaller ones would be. For example, I cannot take his advice on hiking pole straps seriously. There are many reasons people would want to keep these.Overall it's a great guide, however there is a very strong bias toward the author's subjective taste. At its best this book presen [...]

    12. This is a great, if easily dated (by the authors admission) practical description of gear and construction of gear.I gave it a 4 because of the focus more on the construction and materials of gear than actual lines and products. He does suggest what he uses, but with a strong caveat that gear selection is highly personal and driven by your objectives for hiking.Overall a good modern guide to gear construction and selection.EDIT- having completed it, I'll add points for his checklists at the end. [...]

    13. This review is simple: there is no better gear book to buy for a beginner or an experienced hiker. This is not to say that this guide alone will teach you everything you need to know. You can at least rest assured that your information will be up to date and be coming from the foremost authority on hiking and lightweight trekking. The presentation is absolutely outstanding and is downright interesting to read and reread. There is theory and practical advice here, as well as specific gear recomme [...]

    14. I’m a well seasoned hiker and backpacker, and I bought this book thinking I might need a handy reference every once in a while to show some friends stuff they might need to know as they begin joining me on my forays into the wilderness. But I didn’t think about what “ultimate hiking” is. As I read this book, it got me thinking about my standard approach to hiking and backpacking, and how going “lite” represents a new challenge. Props to Andrew Skurka for helping me turn these sports [...]

    15. Back in 2012, when I was getting into hiking - this book really made an impact on my approach on the trails. It made me a confident outdoorsman. This is an excellent book for choosing the appropriate gear. Andrew is an expert in long-distance hiking & backpacking, the gear lists in the book are pretty epic and well reviewed. I recommend this book to anyone who is an avid hiker looking forward to approach long-distances on a budget. Definitely, follow Andrew Skurka's blog for more updated inf [...]

    16. 3.5 - i thought this was a pretty good resource! the guy is definitely opinionated and straightforward, but actually that was pretty refreshing in a "how-to" guide. lots of photos, entertaining anecdotes, and real feeling advice from an ultra-hiker/backpacker, balanced out with some tactics/advice for the novice. something i'd pick up again if i advanced beyond novice level myself and wanted to up my gear game.

    17. You won't find any rhapsodies about amazing transformative hiking experiences in this book. As the title indicates, Skurka is focused on the practical, and this guide is valuable in figuring out what you really need and don't need while backpacking. He recommends specific brands and items, but his advice on trip planning is the most valuable part - especially since it won't go out of date any time soon.

    18. Excellent guide to minimalist backpacking. There's a lot of advice that goes against the grain of conventional wisdom, but that can be useful if used wisely (e.g: the author recommends running shoes instead of hiking boots, lightweight quilts instead of sleeping bags, and frameless packs). Not all of the material presented is applicable unless you're an ultralight hiker, but I've gleaned several useful tidbits that I can use on my next trip.

    19. I finished this entire book in one sitting on a long plane trip. I had been reading a lot of Andrew Skurka's blog online, and I decided to pick up this book as a reference and a collection of the main topics he covers on his blog. He covers how to research and plan your own backpacking to suit your style of hiking, although he prefers long miles and short camps. Good resource, worth spending $10-$15 to save hundreds on unnecessary camping gear.

    20. This book is very technical. It will help you become a more efficient hiker. After reading it I can't wait to put some of this knowledge to use. I gave it 4/5 because as a true novice it was a bit above my knowledge so I may have to read it again. If you are more experienced this may be the boost you need to tackle that longer hike.

    21. The middle section is a nice guide to gear options for lightweight hikers. But what sets this book apart is the first and last sections. In the first section, Skurka goes through his philosophy on being an ultimate hiker and how that affects his gear choices. In the last section, he details out 5 sample gear lists for trips in different areas and different styles.

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has great advice, backed up with real world experience. While I don't think I will use everything he mentions, I am really impressed with the organization, and layout of the ideas in this book. He has incorporated various statistics with his experience to make some points. I definitely recommend this book.

    23. This is an excellent source of very practical information, served in interesting way. I disagree with some information (menu would not be acceptable to me). There is a lot of good ideas, like using the dental floss and Aquaseal glue to fix/waterproof the equipment. I enjoyed reading this book, it is written by an expert, and I would recommend it to all of my friends.

    24. A lot of good, practical tips. Almost everything learned in the outdoors comes the hard way, but the lessons learned stay with you for a long time.If you are a first time hiker, you may get the impression from this book that it takes a lot of money to be a light-weight, fast hiker when skills, ability to improvise, and mental outlook will be more important.

    25. I loved this book due to the subject matter i really enjoy backpacking and this book has given me ideas about items that i may want to buy or use in the next hike i have. The book is very clear and the author is vary knowledgeable in the subject he writes about.

    26. Great to see what a hard-core adventurer likes and uses, but helpful even if your needs are different. He explains *why* he likes or dislikes certain items and methods so you can decide if they'd work for you.

    27. The detail is fantastic. I have been backpacking for 20 years, but I picked-up some tidbits on materials and modern gear. I will not being doing multiple month long trips anytime soon, but it will improve my overnight and weekend trips.

    28. Useful for both the novice and seasoned backpacker.I found the advices clear and valuable, with plenty of options and comparing multiple intentions and budgets.It's invaluable to get to learn what one needs.

    29. Anyone looking to do hiking, trekking, or even fastpacking shoudl read this book. A wealth of best practices and practical advice from an expert adventurer. Would likely save you several hundred dollars just by guiding you to the right gear for you. Might save your body and life too.

    30. Quick read with straight forward explanations of how to hike light and fast. This is not a guidebook for your average hiker, although you could pull valuable information from it, but a guidebook for someone that wants to travel quickly and efficiently.

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