• How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild

  • Backpacking for Beginners
  • By: Paul Magnanti
  • Narrated by: Alex Boyles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild

By: Paul Magnanti
Narrated by: Alex Boyles
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Publisher's Summary

There and back - what every new backpacker needs to know

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single book. How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild bundles up everything you need to prep for your first-ever backpacking adventure - so you can explore the back country with confidence.

Start strong with an essential equipment guide geared toward beginners. Discover how to choose a campsite and follow along with camp setup and breakdown directions. Water treatment info, outdoor cooking basics, snacking suggestions, and a sample three-day backpacking food plan supply you with vital knowledge to survive in the wilderness.

This beginners’ backpacking handbook includes:

  • Expert tips: Learn how to “leave no trace,” navigate rough terrain, deal with wildlife, and other practical backpacking advice.
  • Gear checklists: Track down the right gear with guides to clothing, footwear, backpacks, and shelters - even on a budget.
  • Plan ahead: Handy cheat sheets help you pick the best time of year and the perfect starter trail for backpacking in your state.

Start your backpacking experience now with How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Paul Magnanti (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Good concise info

Great resource for beginner hikers, especially those that are brand new. Presented good info on all topics without being too much information that would overwhelm the reader/listener.
Highly recommend for the new person.

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Helpful tips

I appreciated the scope and variety of insight and advice. Thanks for helping me plan my first backpacking trip

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this is for BEGINNERS.

Very basic information. if you've ever camped before you do not need this book. if you've never camped before then maybe this is for you

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Very helpful.

Very comprehensive book for the first-time hiker. I have not come across any hiking forum that is so informative.

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Down and dirty

Everything you need to know for your first backpacking trip. Short checklists from someone who sounds like they know what they’re talking about. Would make a great gift for just about anyone. And it was free!

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Does what the title says... covers lots of basics

Good book outlining important items that should be completed PRIOR to first overnight trip and details that are helpful once on the trip. It is wrote for a beginner that has zilch hiking experience. Would recommend to listen to when first thinking of doing a trip and again about a month prior to help be prepared so have a successful hike.

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Great Information & Delivery

I’m a nearly 50 year old man with a wife and 3 kids who’s fallen in love with hiking as of 4 years ago. We’ve only done day hikes as a family to date, but it’s a recurring daydream (for my wife and I) to go away for 3-7 days for a backpacking trip.
I’m fairly confident in what’s required for taking day hikes and have to admit that I was ignorant to the differences and between hiking and backpacking. That ignorance could have resulted in a catastrophic failure for the st trip we have planned for this summer. Needless to say, a catastrophic backpacking failure for a busy married couple with 3 kids would probably put the lid on any future trips.
Thankful for the information (needed equipment, preparation, and what to expect during) and the encouragement that this daydream we have is definitely one that can become reality!

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a bit dry

a bit dry doesn't exactly make you wanna go backpacking
some useful stuff tho
some gaps in info

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  • Chris Humphreys
  • 04-15-20

Great listen

As a wild camper and hiker in the UK I always love hearing other people's stories and advice. Although the programme is more geared towards an American audience there is definently enough to take away for anyone wanting to get into outdoor exploration.