You can learn a lot about hiking and the outdoors by doing just that, going outdoors, but if you are looking for some peer experience and advice nothing beats a good chat, or a good read. Today we’re having a look at Andrew Skurka’s “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide”.
I bought this book recently partly because of who wrote it, Andrew made a name for himself after so many years of adventures, but also to read more about gear. I was confident about my choices of gear, thinking I knew what worked best for me, but it is good sometimes to question your choices and see what others are doing.
This is one great aspect if this book. The author explain meticulously the different options he tried or knows about and why he chose this jacket or that pair of shoes. Skurka also punctuates what could have been a rather plane book by stories and insights of his experience on the trail.
The other reason you might want to read The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is to learn more about the specifics of the gear itself, the way it is built, what materials are used, how it works. There is for example a chapter about waterproof / breathable membranes that explains it all very well or another one about the different types of insulation.
If you are a gear geek, the average weekend camper or an aspiring thru hiker, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka has something for you.
I have to point out that the paper version is a lot nicer to read than the kindle one, which hasn’t got the nice photos (there are a few but they are not very crisp), layout and tables the book has. It’s not a big book, as you can judge by the pictures so if you don’t mind physical media I would suggest to get it in this format.
And now because we like you and we want to share the good things in this book, we are going to give two away! Use the RaffleCopter widget below to enter. Two winners will be randomly drawn on the 31th of July and notified via email. If you do not reply to the email within 7 days someone else will be drawn.