We see a lot of books on hiking and the outdoors, and we have discovered some favorites. Here they are:
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
A classic volume, now in its 7th edition. Whether you’re going out for a day hike, or staging a month-long expedition to an alpine peak, this book will prepare you. If you only buy one book to help you succeed outdoors, this one is it.
Hiking in the USA
This guide to the best hikes in the Lower 48 states is a must for the experienced hiker and the first-timer alike. From coast to coast, across plains and mountain ranges, through unspoiled forests and canyons, this book leads the way.
Be Expert With Map and Compass
Required reading for the beginner in map and compass work, as well as for those interested in serious Orienteering. In simple, clear, concise terms the basics of map and compass work are described and illustrated.
Hiking with Dogs: Becoming a Wilderness-Wise Dog Owner
Linda Mullally shares her experience hiking and backpacking the eastern Sierra with her two dogs, Lobo and Shiloh. Includes detailed recommendations on raising a hiking dog, bonding, training, trail etiquette, and preventing conflicts. It also includes a special section on dog-friendly public lands.
NOLS Wilderness First Aid
From the National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), This guide offers expert medical advice for dealing with outdoor emergencies beyond the reach of 911. This third edition is updated with the latest medical protocols for wilderness treatment and evacuation.
How To Shit In The Woods
Exactly what it says… this book tells you how to take care of your business when there are no public restrooms to be found. Provides numerous tips, and it’s funny, too. There’s even a chapter for women’s issues. Don’t leave civilization without it!
Walking Softly in the Wilderness
This Sierra Club classic was written by John Hart – an accomplished backpacker, mountaineer, conservationist, and poet. This is the ground-breaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience through a common-sense approach to adventure that leaves nature undisturbed.
Hart provides novice and experienced hikers alike with comprehensive information on route finding, making camp, choosing the appropriate gear, preparing food and fuel, and camping with children.