The Wine Bible, America’s Test Kitchen & The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

Reviews about the second edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide are being posted around the web. So far, very good.

  • Amazon: 4.8/5, 10 reviews
  • Goodreads: 4.8/5, 5 reviews
  • 5/5, 6 reviews (some website reader bias, perhaps)

It’s more fun to read the reviews though:

“Just wow! So worth the price in gear savings alone. Don’t buy any gear until you read this. Hands down, your best investment starts here.” — verified Amazon customer

“This 2nd edition continues to provide the clearest thinking about backpacking for hikers of all ability levels.” — Tommy Hayes, on Goodreads

“This is a truly comprehensive guide written by a well-travelled adventurer who methodically tells you everything you need to know to maximize your enjoyment outdoors. Personalities are taken into account, weight weenies to kitchen sink carriers are welcomed, and this book literally covers the gamut of what tools and techniques are needed to have both a successful and safe trip.” — Kovas Palubinskas of Midwest Basecamp.

And a new favorite that just came through tonight, from David Noll:

“You could research a multitude of expert hiker’s websites on recommended gear lists, but they still wouldn’t comprehensively provide the insight in a more thorough and attainable method than Mr. Skurka’s new edition to his book. It’s like The Wine Bible for serious and beginner backpackers alike. Picture America’s Test Kitchen and how much insight it has provided for the home cook. That’s what The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide (2nd Edition) can do for backpacking enthusiasts.”

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Posted in on March 14, 2017


  1. BCap on March 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Are there any brick and mortar stores in Boulder that have it?

    • Andrew Skurka on March 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      REI should be carrying it, but I don’t know if they have it yet. Not sure about any of the local bookstores.

      If you could my house as brick-and-mortar, then I can confirm that at least one place in town has it.

      • BCap on March 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

        Thanks. I’ll wander down to REI at some point and check. I’ve been meaning to see if they have anything decent on clearance anyway. I just like to flip through books before buying.

  2. Joe on March 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    When’s the Kindle edition coming out?

    • Andrew Skurka on March 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      It’s already out,

      • Joe on March 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm

        I can’t see it, the link takes me to the paperback version and when I check the author page, the only Kindle version is for the 1st edition.

        • Andrew Skurka on March 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

          When I visit this page,, the domain reads:

          I assume, then, that this Kindle edition is for the Second Edition. Wrong?

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