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Walking Softly in the Wilderness:
Along with a compass and camp stove, warm hat and sleeping bag, every hiker should consider this book a prize piece of gear. Whether you're new to the sport, an old hand considering the purchase of a new tent or backpack, or interested in trying a new variation like snow or desert camping, Walking Softly in the Wilderness is a good place to start. Author John Hart is a conservationist, poet, backpacker, and climber, with years of experience in the backcountry.
Hart offers important details on boots, sleeping bags, tents and shelters, kitchen gear, trip planning, food, fuel, making and breaking camp, first aid, safety, problem animals and plants, map reading and compasses, navigating off trail, sanitation and clean water, and camping with kids. Especially helpful when facing a major purchase such as a sleeping bag or tent, the book offers useful background and lays out all the choices without brand names to confuse or persuade you, so you can make a more reliable decision. The book also includes useful resource listings of conservation and wilderness travel organizations, map and equipment sources, land management agencies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Internet contacts. --Kathryn True [via]