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Best Backpacking Books That You Need

Our list of some of the best Backpacking books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills (2005)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedWhen it was first published in 1998, The Backpacker’s Field Manual set the standard for comprehensive backpacking books.
Author(s): Rick Curtis

Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips For Extremely Lightweight Camping (2011)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedShort, to the point, and humorously illustrated by famed outdoor illustrator Mike Clelland, this book presents everything hikers and backpackers need to be safe, comfortable, and well-fed while carrying a very small and lightweight pack.
Author(s): Mike Clelland

How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild: Backpacking for Beginners (2019)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedThere and back―what every new backpacker needs to know.A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single book. How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild bundles up everything you need to prep for your first-ever backpacking adventure―so you can explore the backcountry with confidence.Start strong with an essential equipment guide geared toward beginners. Discover how to choose a campsite and follow along with camp setup and breakdown directions.
Author(s): Paul Magnanti

Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (2011)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedThe most comprehensive backpacking guide to Washington State! Veteran guidebook author Craig Romano hits the trail again – this time to uncover amazing backpacking opportunities all over Washington’s wilderness. BACKPACKING WASHINGTON details 70 routes, from the wild Olympic Coast to the sun baked Blue Mountains. With an emphasis on weekend trips, routes range from overnight to weeklong treks and often include options for extending trips and choosing campsites.
Author(s): Craig Romano

Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal and Desert Adventures in the Golden State (2008)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedBackpacking California is a collection of more than 70 of the most intriguing backpacking adventures in Wilderness Press’s home territory of California. With contributions from more than a dozen Wilderness Press authors, the book describes routes ranging from one night to one week. Backpacking novices as well as “old hand” California hikers will find expert-crafted trips in the Coast Ranges, the Sierra, the Cascades, and the Warner Mountains.
Author(s): Wilderness Press

Recipes for Adventure: Healthy, Hearty and Homemade Backpacking Recipes (2013)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedOver 75 trail-proven backpacking recipes will have you cooking like an accomplished chef with step-by-step instructions and Discover a scrumptious variety of light-weight options for meals, snacks and desserts. Whether you hit the trail with a backpack, kayak, bicycle, sailboat, RV or motorcycle, Chef Glenn’s backpacking cookbook is guaranteed to make meal time as deeply satisfying as your adventures.
Author(s): Chef Glenn McAllister

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking (2010)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedChapter 1: Get Started with Day-Hiking Getting started with shorter hikes that allow you to sleep in your own bed at night. Chapter 2: Hiking for All Ages and Types Finding a satisfying trail whether you hike by yourself, with a partner, or in a group. Chapter 3: Camping Overnight The complete guide to a comfortable night’s sleep at parks, campgrounds, and backcountry tent-sites.
Author(s): Jason Stevenson

Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backpackin’ Book: Traveling & camping skills for a wilderness environment (Allen & Mike’s Series) (2001)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedHilarious and practical information about the art of backpacking from two NOLS instructors.
Author(s): Allen O’Bannon, Mike Clelland

AMC’s Mountain Skills Manual: The Essential Hiking and Backpacking Guide (Amc Skills) (2017)

 Best Backpacking Books That You NeedThis comprehensive guide, from the nation’s oldest outdoors club, covers the essential skills every hiker and backpacker needs to know. Novice and experienced outdoorspeople will appreciate this authoritative resource on trip planning, gear, food, navigation, and mountain safety, as well as ways to be an active steward of our trails and natural resources. AMC’s Mountain Skills Manual is rooted in the best practices taught in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s outdoor leadership training programs.
Author(s): Christian Bisson, Jamie Hannon

Best Backpacking Books That You Need

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some backpacking books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Outdoor Minimalist: Waste Less Hiking, Backpacking and Camping

Author(s): Meghan Carney
ID: 3383541, Publisher: Falcon Guides, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Rehydrate, Refuel & Refresh - Freeze-Dried Recipes: For Camping and Glamping, Backpacking, and Back to Work Lunches

Author(s): Tosch, Christina
ID: 2910388, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub

Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura

Author(s): Craig R. Carey
ID: 2935898, Publisher: Wilderness Press, Year: 2021, Size: 48 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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