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 more 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 more, 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.
About the Author
A graduate of Duke University, ANDREW SKURKA is a sponsored long-distance backpacker, paid speaker, and writer. He has hiked 25,000-plus miles since 2002, most recently on a 4,700-mile loop around Alaska and the Yukon. Named "Adventurer of the Year" by "National Geographic Adventure" (describing him as "a Gen Y version of Thoreau") and "Person of the Year" by "Backpacker Magazine," he was also featured in "Outside "and" Men's Journal." Skurka has appeared in numerous newspapers and television broadcasts.
"[Andrew] Skurka, Outside magazine's 2010 'Adventurer of the Year,' packs his comprehensive guide with practical information about the best clothing, footwear, trekking poles, backpacks, sleeping bags, knives, shelter systems, and cooking gear that will help you plan your next trip."