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  • Author: Justin Lichter
  • Softcover; 216 pages; color photographs and illustrations
  • Justin Lichter; copyright 2011
  • Includes hundreds of hard-won tips, gear advice, gear lists for all seasons, thru-hiking tricks, hiking with your dog, hiking abroad and advanced techniques

Made in USA.

Justin Lichter, a.k.a. Trauma, has learned countless tips, skills and know-how in over 35,000 mi. of hiking. Trail Tested is a comprehensive guide about hiking and backpacking with valuable information that you won�t find anywhere else. Whether you�re just starting to hike and camp in the backcountry, head out regularly, or are about to set out on an epic 6 month hike, this book is packed with priceless information that�s helpful to experienced ultralight gram-counters and novices alike.

Vibrant images from Trauma�s treks will entice all readers to get out and enjoy the backcountry, and other pictures and graphics help them understand why getting the right gear and skills are integral to becoming better hikers. The range of knowledge is expansive, from helping you select the best gear for your treks, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and ultralight shelters. The book explains low-impact camping and hiking, campsite selection, hiking with dogs, navigating the backcountry, winter camping, weather forecasting and thru-hiking. It covers advanced skills like creating hiking routes, cross-country hiking, fording dangerous rivers and other obstacles, and making a hike into a multisport adventure by adding in climbing or white-water rafting. Trauma also shares stories from his adventure in the United States and around the world.

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