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Backpacker Magazine – January 2012

Backpacker Bible: Find Your Way

Join a long line of enlightened travelers who have navigated the wilderness–and discover a whole new world that lies beyond well-marked trails and guided trips.

by: The Backpacker Editors

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Backpacker Bible
See all 10 skills every backpacker should know
Read a Topo
Looking at topo lines and visualizing real terrain takes practice. Use the two views above to match features to map.
» Check the interval (distance) between contour lines. If the elevation changes quickly—like rising 500 feet vertically over a horizontal distance of 500 feet, you’re looking at a 45-degree slope that—in snow—is too steep to ascend without roping up.
» Study the way the contour lines come together to form ridges and saddles, key landmarks for route planning.
» Beware of climate effects: The permanent snowfield on this map might have disappeared since the map was made.


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Mar 01, 2013

"Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart" (Amazon) makes using a compass easy! Before you go, be sure to calibrate your compass for the declination at the location where you will be hiking. Go to: http://magnetic-declination.com A compass doesn't need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and this book makes learning how to use a compass easy. Felix! explains how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. Look for it on Amazon, "Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart." Anyone wanting to know direction and especially for those who want teach these skills to children might enjoy learning from this book. To feel more confident about orienting ourselves outdoors, we read thru this book before every hike - it's only about 34 pages and illustrated. The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. Felix! teaches the reader what to pack, trail ethics, what to do if you get lost or scared, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail) just incase you end up unexpectedly spending the night outdoors.

AZ Hiker
Feb 03, 2012

Sometimes, getting lost can be easier than staying found. We brush up on our hiking skills before every hike by reading Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart available on Amazon. This book has some very easy reliable tips for hikers of all ages and it's enjoyable;-)

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