Comments and Reviews

"Beautifully illustrated soup-to-nuts adventure guide.... ideal for summer." -- Women's Sports and Fitness.

"Karen Berger's Hiking and Backpackng: A Complete Guide is the best guide I have seen to the mechanics of the past-time. In 200 or so concise, easy-to-read pages, Berger covers everything from boots to back-country navigation, from hints on quick, easy, and inexpensive trail meals to sensible advice on hiking with your loved one or your kids. Berger takes a calm, unintimidating approach to hiking... she remembers what it feels like to have stiff new boots, blisters, and an ill-fitting pack.... Women are likely to appreciate her sensitivity to a range of issues and practical questions often ignored by male guidebook writers." -- Quincy Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts).

"Cramming a surprising variety of trail-wise tips into its 200 pages. Hundreds of tips on rest-stepping, seam sealing, bear bagging, and winter camping, just to name a few... the pleasing graphic presentation and numerous sidebars on backcountry tips make it extremely accessible and fun to look at, and lift it head-and-shoulders above (other books)." -- Backpacker.

"Easy to tote practical guidebook... tells all on how to select and assemble a tent, foot care on the trail, and how to be an environmentally friendly camper." -- Orange County Register.

"Attractive and well-designed; filled with solid information and tips... Commonsense stuff throughout." -- LA Times.

"A companion book to the Trailside PBS-TV series offers comprehensive information about hiking throughout the U.S., covering equipment and food, hiking skills, choosing a campsite, traveling with kids, and hiking long distances." -- Ingram.

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Hiking and Backpacking            
A Complete Guide

by Karen Berger 

Published by W. W. Norton & Co., 1995 in cooperation with the PBS TV show Trailside.  

New edition: October, 2002

* Best seller! More than 125,000 copies in print.

* Book of the Month Club

* Book was recommended on the "Today Show"

* Companion to the PBS series "Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure"

A complete introduction to Hiking and Backpacking.  

Karen's friendly, fun-to-read guide covers starting out, walking techniques, gear, food, no-trace camping, first aid, backcountry challenges, animals, navigation, and hiking with other people. There's also a chapter introducing readers to more advanced skills: winter, solo hiking, long-distance hiking, leading groups, foreign travel, and volunteer trail work.    

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Karen's Outdoors Books

Author Appearances
Learning to Hike
Backpacking basics about hiking worldwide, with 1000 color illustrations
Safe, Sane Stratgies for Enoying the WIlderness with Less on Your Back
Hundreds of Questions and Answers about Hiking.
Field improvisations and creative tips, published in cooperation with Backpacker magazine
Companion to the Trailside Television series. New edition of the best-selling How-to-Hike text.
Companion to the PBS-TV show Trailside
Hiking Guides
Hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails
A narrative field guide to the PCT.
A coffee table book and a trail narrative
Scuba Diving
Used in YMCA certification classes for SCUBA, this is a complete introduction to the sport.