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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson


Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.  For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration,

AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership

Alex Kosseff


Outdoor leadership-it's more than just knowing which trail to take or how to read a map. Whether out on a day trip or a backcountry expedition, the successful outdoor leader takes on many roles at once-skilled communicator, expert decision maker, thorough planner-and must be as prepared as possible for any and every situation.

Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking

Ray Jardine


When preparing for a backpack trip, weight is everything.  Ray is one of the recognized masters of lightweight backpacking that can give you many new and inovative ideas.

Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness: A Comprehensive Training Guide

Mark Pierce


Backpacking is more than just a simple walk in the woods.  Your body and mind must be prepared for your hike.  This is a great guide to getting the chassis ready to roll.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Laurence Gonzales


In Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales pulls readers to the boundary region between life and death, where they peer into the hearts, minds, and souls of those who have survived seemingly impossible situations and those who have given in to death. Through careful dissection of case studies, he illuminates the essence of the true survivor - the internal battles that are waged between fear and hope, reason and emotion, despair and correct action  He shows how all survivors go through the same psychological transformation and make the same spiritual journey, and he explains the mysterious events and surprising outcomes that occur when humans are pushed into a territory that, until now, only survivors could comprehend.  This narrative is the first book to describe the science of survival, revealing through new psychological and neurological research the workings of the brain that motivate our actions. Unconscious responses to everything from events in daily life to dire emergencies are driven by primal regions of the

Hiking Colorado Vol. II

Caryn Boddie


A companion to the popular Hiking Colorado, this book offers 75 new hiking trips. This volume includes outings on the plains, foothills, mountains, and plateaus of Colorado, arranged by region. You'll find a variety of trips to suit both beginning and expert hikers, families with children, and seniors. Short introductory sections and detailed appendices provide you with all the information you need to hike Colorado safely and with minimum impact. Hiking Colorado, Volume II has detailed hike descriptions, easy-to-read maps, elevation charts, and scenic photos. With both volumes in your library, you will have all the information necessary to experience Colorado's hiking opportunities to the fullest.

Hiking Minnesota

John Pukite


With a wealth of information on ecology, geology, state history, and useful hiking tips for beginners and experts alike, this is the only reference you'll need.

Hiking the Triple Crown : Appalachian Trail - Pacific Crest Trail - Continental Divide Trail - How to Hike America's Longest Trails

Karen Berger


Berger, a thru-hiker of all three, walks the reader through the basics of long-distance hiking but also the special characteristics of each of the three major trails: the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide. She explores seasons and strategies, food and technique.

Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail

Roland Mueser


Walking the entire 2,200-mile length of the Appalachian Trail is to serious hikers what scaling Mount Everest is to climbers. This unconventional book combines sage advice with personal experiences and anecdotes to produce an unusually thoughtful, highly readable handbook of interest to long-distance hikers everywhere.

North american wildlife (revised and updated)

Reader's Digest Association


With meticulous illustrations and detailed descriptions of plants and animals found in every corner of the continent, this newly updated and revised edition is the perfect companion in the field and a storehouse of information for the armchair naturalist or student.

Soft Paths: How to Enjoy the Wilderness Without Harming It (NOLS Library)

Bruce Hampton, David  Cole


67 b/w photos 55 drawings The National Outdoor Leadership Schools highly regarded classic offers minimum-impact guidelines that show hikers and campers how to enjoy the wilderness without harming it.

The Complete Walker III

Colin Fletcher


Filled with first-hand knowledge and sage advice on prices, quality and availability of equipment, changes in the backcountry, and the state of mind that Fletcher captures as no one else has. Another classic.

The Complete Walker IV

Colin Fletcher, Chip Rawlins


The eighteen years since the publication of The Complete Walker III have seen revolutionary changes in hiking and camping equipment: developments in waterproofing technology, smaller and more durable stoves, lighter boots, more manageable tents, and a wider array of food options. The equipment recommendations are therefore not merely revised and tweaked, but completely revamped. During these two decades we have also seen a deepening of environmental consciousness. Not only has backpacking become more popular, but a whole ethic of responsible outdoorsmanship has emerged. In this book the authors confidently lead us through these technological, ethical, and spiritual changes.

The One-Burner Gourmet

Harriett Barker


"Offers some lip-smacking alternatives that will spice up anyone's outdoor menu." --Backcountry magazine

The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook

Sheila Mills


This is camp cooking as you've never tasted it!

Walking the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)

Larry Luxenberg, Mike Warren


A collection of accounts by trail thru-hikers, presented by topic, offering the reader immediately useful information. Includes a foreword by hiker Maurice Forrester and stunning color photos by Mike Warren.

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