L. L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook

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L. L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook

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Paperback - USA - 1st edition.

Author Keith McCafferty
Published 2000-??-??
Type Non-fiction
Genre Educational, Guide
Themes Wilderness
Age Group Adult

L. L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook is an instructional guide written by Keith McCafferty and published in 2000. It is part of a series of L. L. Bean-branded outdoor guides.

Personal

Own?Paperback - USA - 1st edition.
Read?Paperback - USA - 1st edition.
Finished2024-04-11.

I'm not sure, but I believe I bought this book at the mall in the discount section of B. Dalton before it went out of business in the 2000s. I thumbed through it a couple times, but it mostly sat on my shelf unread until I started getting more into hiking.

Review

Overall:

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Good

  • The book is filled with tips for hiking, backpacking, and camping including how to ease your way into the process to avoid physical injury, how to best preserve nature while hiking, what type of equipment to bring, how to customize gear, and so forth.
  • There are various tips for hiking with other people. The author suggests large groups be broken into smaller groups of people who match pace with each other, that children be given lots of patience due to their shorter attention spans and lack of stamina, and, for people who are only mildly interested in hiking, make sure you hike toward an interesting goal and let them bring company.
  • There are useful tips for how not to get lost, and, if you do, how to find your way to safety.

Bad

  • The technology for outdoor gear has made a lot of progress since this book was written, so a large portion of the advice for clothing, gear, footwear, etc. are now largely out of date.
  • Even more so, the shrinking of GPS devices, increase in cellular coverage, and offline phone map applications have made many old fashioned navigation tools unnecessary. This makes the author's suggestion of bringing topographical maps, a straight edge, a pencil, two compasses, and printed field guides seem almost quaint.
  • Every few pages there is an advertisement for L. L. Bean products.
  • The book suggests consulting experts like podiatrists or physical therapists before hiking in old age, which is good advice, but also suggests chiropractors, which is not.
  • Several places in the book use jargon that the average person wouldn't understand without it being explained. For example, the section on navigation uses several cartography terms. An in-line glossary would have been nice.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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