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The smart guide to hiking and backpacking

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  • 796.51 N8329 (CEN)

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Publication Information

Norman, OK : Smart Guide Pub., 2012.

Physical Description

xiv, 325 p. ; 24 cm.


If you would like to begin hiking and/or camping, but do not feel confident about your abilities, then this book is definitely for you. The author draws on his own six decades of camping and hiking. His parents took him camping for the first time in the high country of Yosemite National Park when he was only a year old, and he continued the outdoor tradition with his own family.


Includes index.


  • Introduction
  • Why hike?
  • Part 1: preparing for the trail. Buying gear ; Buying food for the trail ; Packing for the trail
  • Part 2: on the trail. Trail etiquette ; Low-impact hiking ; Finding your way ; Health and safety ; First aid in the wilderness ; Weather
  • Part 3: major regions of North America. Mountains and tundra ; Plains and prairies ; The deserts of North America ; Public lands, national parks, and forests ; National trails
  • Part 4: destinations. Pacific Northwest ; Pacific Southwest ; Interior Southwest ; Northern Rockies ; Southern Rockies ; Central states ; The midwest ; New England ; Mid-Atlantic states ; The Southeastern states ; Canada
  • Part 5: connections. The bigger world of hiking.

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