The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide (Second Edition), by Andrew Skurka
Table of ContentsFor each product category, I describe the most important buying considerations.Versus charts, in which the performance attributes of various options are comparedSkurka's Picks, in which I specify the exact items that I use or recommendTried & True spreads teach critical backpacking skills.Page for page, the gear lists and templates at the back of the book are the most helpful and instructive.

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide (Second Edition): Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail


Pre-purchase only until March 7, 2017

All copies will be personally signed.

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to backpacking gear, supplies, and skills that will save you time and money by helping you determine what you need, both on your back and between your ears.

Download a 20-page preview to better understand the book’s philosophy, writing style, content, and layout.


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Product Description


The second edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide will officially release on March 7. Until that time, this is a pre-purchase. You will be charged upon checkout (sorry, my system does not hold orders) and your book will be signed and shipped in early-March.

I still have a few copies of the First Edition available, and normally fill orders within one business day. If you need information now, the First Edition is still relevant and will pay for itself many times over. If you can wait until March, the Second Edition is even better.

Digital version

To read The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide on your Kindle, buy it directly from Amazon.

Amazon normally undercuts me on the price of the paperback version, too. However, I don’t care to operate on the same razor-thin margins; your business is more meaningful to me than to it; and all copies are personally signed.

About the Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

The Second Edition is completely updated and was largely rewritten, inspired by technological changes, reader feedback, and new personal experiences.

Most importantly, between the writing of the First and Second Editions, I gave over 100 gear clinics, guided more than 55 trips with nearly 400 clients, and added substantial content to this website. Through this experiences I developed a better sense for the information that backpackers need most — and how to present it to them.

The First Edition was reviewed extremely well — with a 4.6/5 rating on Amazon with 225+ reviews — and I am confident that the Second Edition will be even better received.

While the book’s content has changed, winning elements from the First Edition were carried into the Second Edition, including:

  • Versus charts, which list the performance attributes of product options;
  • Skurka’s Picks, in which I specify the exact items I use;
  • Reader-friendly layout, with quick tips and how-to’s; and,
  • Two-page spreads dedicated to specific skills, e.g. packing a backpack, finding good campsites.

20-page preview

If you would like to get a better feel for the content, writing style, and layout of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, preview 20 pages by downloading this PDF.

Back cover copy

Renowned hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard-earned knowledge in this completely updated guide to backpacking gear, supplies, and skills. First-time backpackers, weekend warriors, and seasoned backcountry travelers will learn exactly what to carry — on their backs and between their ears — for all locations and seasons. A show-and-tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks, sleeping bags, shelters, and cooking systems, plus recipes, sample gear lists, trip planning checklists, expert tips, and much more, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide covers the essential tools and techniques needed to hit the trail.


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