I Heart Backpacking: How to Get Started

I Heart Backpacking: How to Get Started

I Heart Backpacking: How to Get Started

By Lisa D. Holmes & Sara Carroll

Get Started Backpacking!

Whether you consider yourself a beginning backpacker, or it’s been awhile since your last trip and you want to brush up on your skills, this book will help. It provides information about the many gear options that exist; it steps you through the process of planning a trip; and it provides descriptions of ten easy to moderate backpacking trips in Oregon and Washington.

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Backpacking Gear

backpacking gear

The number of gear options that exist can be intimidating, but fundamentally, your choices will be guided by considering three things: cost, weight, and comfort. Those things vary for each person, but the bottom line is this… you have to be able to afford it, you have to be able to carry it, and you have to be comfortable enough to want to do it again. Here’s a look at the types of gear the book examines:

  • Backpacks
  • Backpacking Tents
  • Sleep Systems
  • Kitchen Gear
  • Water Treatment & Storage
  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Toiletries
  • Electronics
  • Additional Gear
  • The Ten Essentials


backpacking skills

Planning and completing a backpacking trip requires a range of skills. Some are  easy and obvious, while others may be more challenging, but all are skills a novice backpacker can master with practice. This book walks you through the things you need to consider before your first trip. And it focuses on low impact practices and encourages backpackers to be mindful stewards of the wilderness.

  • Trip Planning Basics
  • Leave No Trace Seven Principles
  • Physical Preparation
  • Hiking Safety
  • Trail Courtesies
  • Navigation
  • How to Pack a Backpack
  • Basic First Aid
  • Choosing a Campsite
  • Camp Kitchens
  • How to Hang a Food Bag
  • Hydration & Filtering Water
  • Food & Nutrition
  • The Backcountry Bathroom
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Campfires
  • Tips for Staying Warm
  • Maintaining Your Gear
  • Giving Forward

Backpacking Trips

backpacking trips

This book’s ten trip plans were chosen to showcase some outstanding Pacific Northwest scenery, yet provide easy to moderate trips that make it possible for a beginner to experience everything that backpacking has to offer.

  • Southwest Washington: Siouxon Creek
  • Oregon Coast: Tillamook Head
  • Columbia River Gorge: Wahtum Lake
  • Eagle Cap Wilderness: Wallowas Lakes Basin
  • Goat Rocks Wilderness: Snowgrass Flat
  • Three Sisters Wilderness: Green Lakes
  • Mount Adams Wilderness: Killen Creek
  • Mount Hood Wilderness: Cairn Basin
  • Mount Hood Wilderness: Burnt Lake
  • Indian Heaven Wilderness: Deep Lake

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Additional purchase options

  • Powells Books
  • Order Online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
  • Wholesale orders: Contact Lisa Holmes for more information about wholesale discounts for retail locations and libraries. This book is also available via Ingrams ISBN #9780991538256.