Many years ago, I set off on a four month camping and hiking trip in Europe with ridiculously poor gear. To be fair, back then light weight equipment was virtually nonexistent. I lugged around a tent, sleeping bag, cooking and eating utensils, and clothing in, and on, an enormous, heavy backpack. These days, hikers and campers can outfit themselves with hi-tech, lightweight gear like the amazing equipment presented in National Geographic’s the ultimate hiker’s gearguide.
Six years ago, National Geographic release the first edition of this invaluable guidebook by Andrew Skurka and they’ve finally gotten around to issuing this revised and updated second edition in time for all of us fair-weather hikers. Aimed at hikers, campers, and backpackers, from novices to old hands, the guide is well worth the investment before heading out on that next excursion. Best of all, the book is not trying to market products; it even has tips on making your own DIY gear.
The book’s author, Andrew Skurka, is a renowned long distance hiker, guide, and equipment designer. He’s been named “Adventurer of the Year” by both Outside magazine and National Geographic. The guy is a hiking legend, who has covered the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, as well as cross country and Alaska hikes. His revised guidebook has everything from footwear, clothing, backpacks, shelter, navigation, food, cooking, planning, and sample gear lists.
If you are contemplating hiking or camping, even just a weekend outing, check out this new edition. Before buying the book, visit Skurka’s website and download a free twenty page PDF sample of the guidebook.