Recommended Reading

By Matt Pritchard

This isn't just a list of books we own - these are books we can genuinely recommend. These should all be available at Amazon or a good bookstore. Or, maybe try the dear old public library and save yourself some cash. Just remember that book learnin' isn't worth a damn if there isn't practical experience behind it. Get outside!

General Backpacking

  • Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book (Allen O'Bannon and Mike Clelland!)
  • Mountaineering - The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers)
  • NOLS Wilderness Guide (Mark Harvey)
  • Soft Paths (Bruce Hampton and David Cole)

Lightweight Backpacking

  • Lightweight Backpacking and Camping (Edited: Ryan Jordan)
  • Lighten Up! (Don Ladigin and Mike Clelland!)

Mountaineering and Rock Climbing

  • Mountaineering - The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers)
  • How to Rock Climb! (John Long)
  • Accidents in North American Mountaineering Annual (American Alpine Club)

Navigation

  • Compass and Map Navigator (Michael Hodgson)
  • Mountaineering - The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers)

Winter Camping

  • Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book (Allen O'Bannon and Mike Clelland!)
  • Mountaineering - The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers)

Backcountry Medicine

  • Medicine for Mountaineering (James A. Wilkerson, M.D.)
  • Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines (William W. Forgey, M.D)

Photography

  • Mountain Light (Galen Rowell)
  • National Geographic Photography Field Guide (Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo)

Miscellaneous

  • The Avalanche Handbook (David McClung and Peter Schaerer)
  • NOLS Cookery (Claudia Pearson)

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