The author has more than 35,000 trail miles under his hipbelt, and has some wisdom to offer novice or an expert backpackers. This guide covers low-impact camping and hiking, campsite selection, hiking with dogs, navigation, winter camping, weather forecasting and thru-hiking. Learn to plan cross-country routes, asses river crossings, and plan for multi-sport adventures such as climbing or paddling. It also offers advice for selecting packs, sleeping bags, tents, or ultralight shelters. Includes inspiring photos from the author’s own treks, plus instructional images and graphics.