Hiking and backpacking can be fun, rewarding activities, but there are a few things you should know before hitting the trail. Written and compiled by a team of world-renown outdoor professionals and educators, Hiking and Backpacking provides all the basic information you’ll need before heading out. You’ll learn how to physically prepare yourself for the rigors of the trail, select and maintain proper equipment, including clothing and footwear, manage risks and use sound trail etiquette. There’s also a comprehensive list of web-based resources to help you refine your skills even more. 272 pages. Softcover.