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Eco-Library - Hiking & Camping Books

Ecobeetle is your green webpage with the Eco-Library, highlighting the best in books on the Environment, Outdoors & Nature.

 

The Complete Wilderness Training Manual

By Hugh McManners

Published by Dk Publishing

We all are almost preoccupied with getting the right outdoor gear for our hikes, camping trips or journeys, but do we spend as much time and energy making sure we have the fundamentals of survival? The simple things that we all think we know or should know, where to set up camp, starting fires, acquiring water and treating injuries for instance. The Complete Wilderness Training Manual by Hugh McManners and published by Dk Publishing is a comprehensive guide to covering the basics of any wild situation. A fantastic book for any outdoor enthusiast, The Complete Wilderness Training Manual offers techniques and training in a simple and clear manner. The details are easily laid out with helpful, descriptive diagrams and illustrations that cover all varieties of situations and potential problems. This book is a incredibly valuable wealth of information. The Complete Wilderness Training Manual by Hugh McManners and published by Dk Publishing is a must read for anyone who journeys into the wild for any length of time.

 

Best Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia

By Dawn Hanna

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Vancouver and the surrounding area of Southwestern British Columbia is an excellent natural area in which to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. There are many incredible parks and mountains to explore and access to them is close at hand for most. Best Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia by Dawn Hanna and published by Lone Pine Publishing is another hit by the incredibly knowledgeable author and an asset for any hiker to have. Dawn Hanna is an avid outdoor enthusiast as well as an accomplished nature writer and she is easily able to convey her expertise in this handy companion book. Best Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia is an in depth guide to 80 hikes - from the easy Stanley Park to the strenuous challenge of Black Tusk. Each hike is thoroughly researched and is presented in an easy to follow manner that features maps, elevation guides and area history. Complemented by tantalizing photos and insights to the natural history likely to be discovered on the trail, this book is the first step to many wonderful adventures. Best Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia by Dawn Hanna and published by Lone Pine Publishing is another winner by B.C.’s premier outdoor authority.

 

Mammal Tracks & Sign:

 A Guide To North American Species

By Mark Elbroch

Published by Stackpole Books

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!A quiet walk in the woods or a distant hike in the wilderness provides special moments and activities for many nature and outdoor enthusiasts. The thrill of spotting a deer or bear in the wild highlights any such trip and helps to make these types of experiences all the more worthwhile. The fantasy that these encounters are imminent or possible often provides the fuel for many a person’s outdoor jaunts. Mammal Tracks and Sign - A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch is an amazing guide book that helps make a still moment in the backcountry come alive, helping you understand what is there to see and realize what you have just missed seeing. Incredibly comprehensive with beautifully detailed photographs this is a book no one who ventures outdoors to appreciate, study or contemplate nature should be without. One cannot accurately describe this books brilliance. The section on tracks includes mostly life sized reproductions as well as easy to follow lessons on how to comprehend gait, rhythm and more. Very impressive in style and content, we discover runs and ridges, examine hollows and nests, burrows and dens. Also included in Mammal Tracks and Sign is likely the largest photo guide to scat, which accompanies and complements a detailed lesson in reading and understanding these signs. From there we are shown different signs on vegetation and fungi and other sources of feeding which include very interesting and ingenious mammal kill photos, sites and diagrams. Mark Elbroch is a genius and Mammal Tracks and Sign - A Guide to North American Species is an astounding effort of research and dedication. It is thoroughly fascinating to read and helps the reader, hiker or naturalist paint a more vivid picture of his wild surroundings and create a complete natural portrait alive with drama, energy and life.

 

How to Climb 5.12, 2nd

By Eric J. Horst

Published by The Globe Pequot Press
 

 Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Rock Climbing is fast becoming one of the most popular mountain sports. As techniques and equipment improve you find more and more outdoorsman and athletes moving off those hiking trails and up the cliffs. As rock climbers progress they desire to tackle more and more difficult cliffs and faces and aspire to the intimidating 5.12. 5.12 is the start of elite climbs that as daunting as they appear can be achieved through discipline, desire and hard work. How to Climb 5.12 by renowned rock climber Eric J. Horst is an excellent guide and introductory to climbing 5.12 routes and beyond. The author takes care with his craft as one should when dealing with tips on extremely dangerous activities and his respect and concerns shine through. This respect is prevalent in the manner and discipline in which he approaches his craft and passes the information on to the reader. How to Climb 5.12 is not a step by step manual, it is a guide to a method of thought, attitude and lifestyle. From exercises, diet and motivation How to Climb 5.12 covers the areas that need to be mastered, not just physically but mentally to achieve 5.12 goals. Eric J. Horst has provided a responsible effort and a must read for rock climbers, preaching self confidence and mental discipline along side climbing and exercise techniques.

 

Easy Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia

By Dawn Hanna

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Southwestern British Columbia is a beautiful, natural area. Most people who live in and around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have easy access to a nearby park that can be   enjoyed year round. Easy Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia by Dawn Hanna and published by Lone Pine Publishing is a great companion book for all local outdoor enthusiasts. It is a guide to 50 well-known parks and hiking/walking trails accessible to the whole family from tots to seniors. Covering all the best natural areas from Admiralty Point to Yew Lake, each featured hike or walk includes traveling directions from Vancouver, difficulty rating, best time of year to visit, washroom guide, trip highlights, information on bringing the dog and whether the trail is stroller friendly. Easy Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia is aimed at families and is incredibly useful for planning an entertaining and fun outing with children. Utilizing the estimated time needed for the hike, including driving time provided in the summary you can easily plan your any hiking trip. The many useful facts about each natural area, its flora, fauna and history is a useful tool and separates this guide from your average tour guide book. It is a quick field guide to some of the great native wildlife and plants you are going to encounter and even shows you where and when to find them. You will have great family outings using Easy Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia. Dawn Hanna includes a guide to the basics of hiking in the outdoors including common sense tips on equipment and wildlife encounters. Easy Hikes & Walks of Southwestern British Columbia by Dawn Hanna is a book that families will enjoy and provides them with the basis for fun, informative and safe journeys into the best of Southwestern B.C.’s parks and trails.

 

Trailside Guide: Hiking and Backpacking

by Karen Berger

Published by W.W. Norton

Everyone who hikes (including yours truly) thinks they know what they’re doing. Bears? No problem! Snow? Piece of cake! Trail grub? Are you kidding?! Well, I’ll tell you after reading Hiking and Backpacking : A Complete Guide by Karen Berger, I quickly realized how much more I need to know. This book is essential reading for those just realizing how wonderful backpacking is, the new found outdoor enthusiast who is going to embark on his or her first multi-day hike. It is also a fascinating and entertaining guide for those of us who’ve hiking many miles already but wouldn’t mind a total and comprehensive book of great advice from someone whose been there and done that. Karen Berger has hiked thousands of miles of trail, over many different terrains and altitudes and her wealth of experience makes Hiking and Backpacking : A Complete Guide such a great book to have. It will take you through which gear to choose and how to choose it, offer tips on handling different types of terrain and weather and advice how to deal with everything from blisters to bears. Before you hit the trail hit this book. You’ll be glad you read Hiking and Backpacking : A Complete Guide by Karen Berger. That is if you want a blister-free, enjoyable, less hassle-filled trek. Now if she could only guarantee the weather…

 

Peterson Field Guides - Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs.

Published By Houghton Mifflin Company

 Peterson Field Guides has produced another winner. Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs is a gorgeous guide book by, pardon the pun, the leaders in the field. This particular field guides sets the standard by which all medicinal plant guides should follow. Brilliant colour photographs of the over 500 identified species organized by colour for quick reference helps any novice quickly identify the plant and what’ll happen if you try to make tea out of it. The detailed plant descriptions also include scientific name, family, location found, historical medicinal uses as well as highlighted warnings for poisons, allergies and other areas of caution. A very unique and special field guide Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs also offers harvesting and conservation tips. Pick this book up before you even considering picking flowers, herbs or plants for uses other than the filling your vase, it’s a must have for anyone spending  any extended time in the outdoors.

 

Outdoors Books

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Addicted to Danger

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Classic Chillers

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Climb: Tragic Ambitions

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Eiger Dreams

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Exploring The 46 Adirondack High Peaks

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Happy Isles Of Oceania: Paddling The Pacific

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks High: Stories of Survival EV/K2

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks How To Die In The Outdoors

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Into The Wild

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Into Thin Air

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks I've Been Gone Far Too Long

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Jaguars Ripped My Flesh

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Journals Of Lewis & Clark

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Lou Whittaker: Memoirs of a Mountain Guide

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Pass The Butterworms

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Pecked To Death By Ducks

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Polar Dream

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Road Fever

Books: Narrative - - Alpenbooks - Alpenbooks Wind, Water & Sun: A Solo Kayak Journey

Books: Narrative - - Whittaker Collection - Whittaker Collection A Life on the Edge - Hardcover

Books: Narrative - - Whittaker Collection - Whittaker Collection A Life on the Edge - Signed Copy - Hardcover

Books: Narrative - - Whittaker Collection - Whittaker Collection A Life on the Edge - Softcover

Books: Photography - - Ed Viesturs - Ed Viesturs Himalayan Quest - Paperback

 

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