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Author: Michael Mouland
Publisher: New York, NY : Alpha Books, ©2000.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Camping and Hiking, Second Edition, teaches you the simple skills you need to take the trauma out of camping. This updated edition can help you feel confident about choosing and using your equipment ... even in the middle of winter!
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mouland
ISBN: 0028631862 9780028631868
OCLC Number: 42644086
Notes: Revised edition of: The complete idiot's guide to hiking, camping, and the great outdoors. c1996.
Description: xxii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The First Time Around --
Preparation and Planning --
Teaming Up and Setting Out --
National Parks and Public Wilderness Areas --
Camping in the Lap of Luxury --
Making Lists and Checking Them Twice --
Checklists, Checklists, and More Checklists --
Don't Be Bothered by the Bears and Bugs --
Ground Rules --
Gauging Your Abilities --
Safety on the Trail --
Expect the Unexpected --
Different Strokes for Different Folks --
Two's Company, Seven's a Crowd --
Family Camping --
Guided Trips --
Traveling Solo --
Car Camping --
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles --
Stop and Smell the Roses --
More About When and Where to Camp --
Camping from Your Trunk Versus Backpacking --
Choosing a Quiet Location in a Crowded Campground --
Hiking for 20 Minutes Gives You an Advantage --
Look for Lakes, Trails, and Other Diversions --
Getting Away from It All --
Or Most of It, Anyway --
Staying Warm Off-Season --
Talk to Those in the Know --
Nighttime Under the Stars --
Tents and Tarps --
Beg, Borrow, or Steal the First Time Around --
Choosing the Portable Cottage --
Washing Your Wigwam --
A Tent for All Seasons --
Pitching Tents --
Practice Makes Perfect --
What You Need for the Slumber Party --
The Lowdown on Sleeping Bags --
Down Fills Versus Synthetic Fills --
Sleeping Bag Construction --
Care --
Cleaning --
Blow-Up Bedding --
How to Be an Outdoor Gourmet --
No-Muss, No-Fuss Culinary Skills --
The Weekend and Week-Long Picnic --
Menu Madness --
Recipes for the Galloping Gourmand --
Rounding Out the Three Squares --
Puttin' on the Ritz --
Recipes for the Trail --
Understanding Nature's Waterworks --
Grills --
Having a Gas --
Choosing and Using Stoves --
Setting Up Your Outdoor Kitchen --
Other Stuff for the Shopping List --
Fishing for the Camper --
Choosing a Packable Rod-and-Reel Set --
Tackling the Fish --
Using Squiggly, Wiggly Things --
Spoons --
Spoonfeeding Your Spawn --
Plugs --
Plastic Bait --
An Amateur's Guide to Hooking --
Tying a Trilene Knot --
Landing the Catch of the Day --
Who Said There Was No Homework? --
Rivers, Streams, and Lakes --
Reeling in the Big One --
Cleaning the Fish --
Having Fish for Dinner --
Don't Count on Your Fishing Skills Alone --
Practicing Low-Impact Camping --
Be Kind to Mother Nature --
Selecting a Campsite --
Leaving the Campground the Way You Found It --
Dealing with Noisy Neighbors --
Shedding the Hordes --
Trail Etiquette: Traveling in Groups --
How to "Go" in the Woods and Other Pressing Matters --
Daniel Boone Was a Man, but Women Like Camping Too --
The Bonfire of the Backwoods --
Not So Wild Animals --
Skills and Thrills --
A Quick Lesson in Map Reading --
Types of Maps --
Reading Your Map --
How to Figure Out Your Route --
Looking for Helps and Hazards on Your Route --
What Your Map Won't Tell You --
The Final Decision --
Compass Basics: Definitely Worth Learning --
What Is a Compass? --
True North and Magnetic North --
Adjusting for Declination --
Orienting Your Map --
Taking a Bearing Using a Map and Compass --
Using a Compass to Stick to Your Path --
Carry Your Compass --
Going Global --
Features, Features, Features --
Getting Lost and Unlost --
Weather Matters --
Reading the Weather --
Weather Reading on the Scene --
Typecasting the Clouds --
Winds of Change --
Barometric Pressure --
Humidity and Fog --
Red Sky at Night, Sailors' Delight --
The Proverbs and What They Mean --
Taking Cover in Serious Weather --
Tips for Avoiding a Lightning Strike --
Handling Heavy Weather --
First Things First: Listen to the Weather Report --
We're Not in Kansas Anymore --
Slip Sliding Away --
The Skinny on Skis --
To Wax or Wane? --
Tips for Getting Into and Out of a Bind --
Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty --
Grip and Grin: Don't Forget Your Poles! --
These Shoes Were Meant for Walking (Across the Snow, That Is) --
Snowshoeing Boots --
How to Identify Trees and Other Green Things --
Look at the Big Things First --
Tiptoeing Through the Leaves --
Wild for Wildflowers --
Magical Mushrooms --
Wild Berries --
Gearing Up --
The Dirt on Hiking Boots --
The Hook on Hikers --
If the Shoe Fits, Wear It --
Caring for Your Boots --
Rocks Around the Socks (and Liners Too) --
Treating Blisters --
Choosing the House for Your Back --
Getting the Best Backpack --
Fit, Form, and Function... Putting It All On --
Cubic Inches or Liters: A Matter of Capacity --
Suspension Systems --
A Matter of Construction --
Fine-Tuning the Rig --
Day Packs --
Ways to Pack a Backpack (Say That Five Times in a Row Out Loud) --
Backpack Packing (Essentials) --
Ways to Dress for Success in the Outdoors --
Layering --
Peeling for Pleasure --
Waterproof Breathables --
A Smorgasbord of Materials --
Fills and Insulators --
Singing in the Rain --
A Heavy-Weather Alternative --
Suiting Up for Colder Weather --
Don't Join the Cotton Club --
Pants --
To Top It All Off --
Fun in the Sun --
Comfort Gear for Your Home Away from Home --
Spotlight on Flashlights --
Choosing Alternative Lighting Methods --
Portable Outhouses --
Portable Showers --
Chairs and Cushions --
Supporting Bottoms and Brains --
Getting There --
Trailblazing Made Easy --
Defining True Wilderness --
Backcountry Rules --
Tiptoeing Through the Wilderness --
Preparing for Your Trip --
Simple Hiking Techniques --
Easy Route Finding --
The Bear Facts --
Planning an Outdoor Vacation on the Water --
Everything I Own Is Rented --
Canoes Versus Kayaks --
Gripping Matters: Paddles --
How to Pack Your Vessel --
Things to Consider When Choosing a Canoe or Kayak --
Your Backpack on the Water --
Different Strokes for Different Folks --
Holding and Handling the Paddle --
Rescue Techniques --
Exploring the Outdoors on Two Wheels --
Bikepacking --
Mountain Bikes Rule! --
Shake, Shimmy, and Roll --
Wheels...Tires and Tubes --
The Hubbub on Hubs --
Have Bike, Will Travel --
Gearing Up and Gearing Down --
Putting Pedals to the Metal --
The Basic Bike-Camping Tool Kit --
Packing Up and Moving Out --
In Praise of Tight Black Shorts and Other Gripping Matters --
The Tour de France: Not! --
Safe Biking --
The Big Trip --
Limbering Up for the Big One --
Getting Fit for Your Trip --
Stomping Around the Neighborhood with a Pack Loaded with Books --
Designing Your Own Fitness Program --
Warm-Up and Cool-Down Exercises to Increase Flexibility --
Strength-Building Exercises --
Consider the Abilities of Those Going with You --
Things That Fly, Slither, and Go Buzz in the Night --
How Not to Go Buggy --
Discouraging Mosquitoes and Other Flying Insects Naturally --
Building Your Own Arsenal --
Location, Location, Location --
Lyme Disease: No Citrus Here --
Treating Insect Bites --
Little Miss Muffet Sat on Her Tuffet --
Snakes --
Treating Snake Bites --
Critter Watching --
Animal Voyeurism 101 --
Choosing Binoculars, Cameras, and Other Optics --
Binoculars --
Smile, You're on Candid Camera --
In Praise of Automatic Cameras --
Swinging Single-Use Cameras --
Tips for Seeing and Photographing Wildlife --
Identifying Animal Scats and Tracks --
Outward Bound and Beyond --
Safety and First Aid --
Dealing with Major and Minor Bummers --
Checkups Before Checkout --
Take a Course in First Aid, CPR, or Emergency Medical Treatment --
Assembling a Basic First-Aid Kit --
The Virtual Pharmacy --
To Evacutate or Not? --
Treating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac Rashes --
What to Do When Faced with a Major Bummer --
Preventing and Treating the Big "H" --
Dealing with Frostbite and Preventing It --
Dealing with Animal Bites --
Not-So-Advanced Boy and Girl Scout Skills --
Surefire Bets for Building a Fire --
The Unconfusing Guide to Knot Tying --
Erecting and Building Alternative Structures --
Signaling for Help --
Going Farther Afield --
Matters of Passports and Visas --
Tips for the Worldwide Wanderer --
Get the Right Immunizations and Shots --
Health Insurance --
Finding Fuel: Camp Stoves and Cooking --
The National Parks of the United States --
State Tourism Offices --
The National Parks of Canada.
Other Titles: Complete idiot's guide
Responsibility: by Michael Mouland.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Camping and Hiking, Second Edition, teaches you the simple skills you need to take the trauma out of camping. This updated edition can help you feel confident about choosing and using your equipment ... even in the middle of winter!

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