Wilderness Basics: Get the most from your Hiking, Backpacking and Camping Adventures

Wilderness Basics: Get the most from your Hiking, Backpacking and Camping Adventures

More than 100,000 copies of Wilderness Basics have been sold over the years, and this new edition will continue as a training staple for those wanting to build their outdoor skills. It is the text used in the San Diego Sierra Club chapter’s signature Wilderness Basics Course (WBC) and is written by chapter members. Updates to this new edition include:
  • Outdoor Ethics — latest Leave No Trace practices
  • Conditioning — completely rewritten, with targeted advice for certain health conditions
  • Outfitting — updates on planning your pack weight, water treatment methods, expanded tent and sleeping system info
  • Foods and Cooking — new information on how to not dirty a pot, in-the-bag cooking, and Dutch oven cooking
  • Navigation — completely updated, including information on adjusted declination compasses
  • Backcountry First Aid — the latest wilderness first aid info, first aid kit materials, and information on the Hantavirus and West Nile Virus
  • Winter Adventures — added information on predicting changes in backcountry weather

There’s more too in this exhaustively updated instructional for outdoor beginners and advanced backpackers, alike. You’ll also appreciate the refreshed appendix of recommended websites for gear and travel info. 

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We’re welcoming new and returning campers ages 6–8 and 9–12 for virtual online and in-person classes, offered June 14 through September 3, 2021! Explore this year’s themes with your camper and reserve their spot today.

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