Lightweight Camping - A Four Seasons Source Book

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Lightweight Camping

A Four Seasons Source Book

By: Michael J. Hatton

Practical and up-to-date information is the cornerstone of Lightweight Camping: A Four Seasons Source Book by Michael Hatton. This book is a valuable resource for outdoor enthusiasts of all types — canoeists, backpackers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and winter campers.

ISBN 978-1-55077-003-2
Edition First
Year 1992
Page Count 300

$ 26.95


Lightweight Camping covers a broad spectrum of camping activities. It includes introductory information that will guide novices on the basics of equipment selection, routefinding and paddling strokes. At the same time, it provides detailed information on topics of interest to experienced campers and leaders — such as wilderness first aid, menu planning and route selection.

Lightweight Camping includes detailed chapters on clothing and equipment, from basic essentials to high-tech fabrics and gear, with a view to maximizing utility and cost-effectiveness. Also included is a step-by-step guide to map and compass use, along with chapters covering diet and nutrition, survival, and emergency care. Two chapters examine equipment, techniques and practical tips for backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

The book concludes with an overview of twenty-five outstanding wilderness areas and routes throughout North America. This chapter will be of particular interest to experienced outdoor enthusiasts who are scouting ideas for their next wilderness challenge.

Table of Contents

1. Why Go Camping?

  • Technology and camping
  • How it starts
  • Taking children
  • The environment
  • Focus of this book
2. Insulation and Clothing
  • Heat loss
  • Insulation
  • Fabrics and insulators
  • Manufacturing quality
  • Clothing
  • A few words about kits
3. Equipment and Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Tents
  • Stoves
  • Cooking kits
  • Stuff bags
  • Lights
  • Compasses
  • Water purifiers
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras
4. Map and Compass
  • Map and compass
  • Types of maps
  • General details on topographic maps
  • Map symbols and features
  • The compass
  • Bearings
  • Map and compass
  • The importance of knowing your location
  • Triangulation
  • Using a compass in a canoe
  • Off-bearings
  • Experience in navigation
5. Diet and Nutrition Weight
  • Tastiness
  • Variety
  • Bulk/Amount
  • Resistance to spoilage
  • Ease of preparation
  • Length of trip
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Dried foods
  • Winter menu planning
  • Menu suggestions
6. Survival and Water
  • Food
  • Heat
  • Shelter
  • Signals
  • Pain, fatigue, boredom and loneliness
7. Emergency Care Prevention, Preparation and First Response
  • Priorities
  • The body
  • Respiratory failure
  • Bleeding/Shock
  • Fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations
  • Heat and cold injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Poisoning
  • Foreign bodies
  • Dressings and bandages
  • Transportation
8. Backpacking and Canoeing
  • Backpacking
  • Frame backpacks
  • Internal frame backpacks
  • Soft backpacks
  • Day packs
  • Backpacks for children
  • Carrying comfort
  • Canoeing
  • Canoe materials
  • Canoe design
  • Emergency repairs
  • Canoe paddles
  • Canoe packs and wannigans
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Carrying, launching and portaging a canoe
  • Canoe technique
  • International river classification
9. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoe bindings

  • Snowshoe footwear

  • Snowshoe technique

  • Cross-country skis

  • Ski boots

  • Bindings

  • Ski poles

  • Ski packages

  • Ski waxing

  • Care of ski equipment

  • Ski technique

  • Ski accessories

10. Selected North American Routes
  • A selection of 25 outstanding camping routes and wilderness areas from across North America
  • Appendices
  • Index