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Basic Solo Hiking (Hiking guides) Paperback – Import, 1 Oct 2001
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About the Author
Adrienne Hall (Crested Butte, Colorado) is the author of "A Woman's Guide to Backpacking" and "A Journey North," the latter an account of her through-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
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There are no real suggestions on gear here, just a generalized idea that often doesn't even define a person's choices well. For instance, because the general weights and sizes of tents and bivy sacks are not talked about, the reader gains no real understanding of how much weight can and cannot be saved by using a bivy sack. The real strengths and weaknesses of those same gear choices aren't talked about, either, and neither are techniques for using each effectively.
But the WORST part about this book is that it provides virtually no insightful information on SOLO backpacking. The book asks the reader to remember to let someone know where you're going and to consider bringing a cell phone. I expected this book to be a supplementary reading on basic hiking skills that focuses in on the idea of hiking alone, but this book is NOTHING like that. There is very little first aid in here, and especially so for a book that is meant for isolated walks. In fact, the only first aid kit listed is for day hikes. No information on the specific uses of the items is given. There isn't any "trip planning" section AT ALL.
My favorite two books on walking are "The Backpacker's Handbook" and "The Complete Walker IV", the latter being about the most comprehensive book on walking that I have ever read and the former being the best written and most newbie-friendly.
Hiking really isn't a very difficult activity to learn to do right, but books like this are where people diverge down two different paths, and relying on books like this is what starts people down the path to learning "only what they think will get them into the wilderness" where they are bound to spend a lot of money on gear that isn't suited to them, on hiking mentalities that are either silly or even unsafe, and of depriving themselves of a better experience instead of building the knowledge that allows someone to be at ease outdoors so that they can truly have a wonderful experience.