Tomorrow I’m expecting a delivery of books, via freight on a pallet. I normally don’t buy thousands of dollars of inventory, but in this case I’m confident that I’ll sell through it quickly.
Reviews of the second edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, which is officially released March 7 but which might happen to arrive earlier, are starting to show up. Here’s the initial feedback:
Nick Gatel, PopUpBackpacker
“The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is really not about the gear per se, but how to choose gear and how to use it so you can accomplish The Goal and enjoy the walking part too. The book is well laid out, presents a ton of solid and useful information, is easy to read and understand. The book states that the target audience is beginning and intermediate backpackers. I’ve been backpacking for over 50 years and learned a few new things reading it, so the book should appeal to almost any backpacker.”
David Chenault, Bedrock & Paradox
“The ideal audience for lengthy how-to tracts is the among the groups least likely to read them, they’re too busy out learning by doing. With this in mind one must weigh detail and a fair balance of the inherently subjective with paragraphs and pages that don’t strain the readers attention span too far. Skurka’s book is rife with bullet points, sidebars (unfortunately titled “How 2…”), and short paragraphs largely bereft of compound sentences. It also features terse but detailed discussions of vapor barrier liners, the limitations of WPB laminates, minimizing drafts in quilts, fighting condensation in single wall shelters, layering in cool wet weather, and many other topics that are difficult to discuss both clearly and well. The way in which Skurka deals with complex subjects quickly, but without being reductive, is the books second greatest strength.”