Introduction. PART I: Planning Your Escape. Chapter 1: What to Do and Where to Go. Chapter 2: Outdoor Gear and Gadgets. Chapter 3: Dress for Success. Chapter 4: Wintering, Paddling, Biking. PART II: Getting There Is Half the Fun. Chapter 5: Hitting the Road. Chapter 6: Setting Up Camp. PART III: Camping Skills, Food, and Fun. Chapter 7: Skilling Up at Camp. Chapter 8: Cooking and Eating in the Wild. Chapter 9: Taking a Hike. Chapter 10: Fun, Games, and Photo-Ops. PART IV: Staying Safe, Staying Found. Chapter 11: Staying Found Simply. Chapter 12: Weathering the Outdoors. Chapter 13: Health and Safety Are No Accident. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: Ten + One Survival Essentials. Chapter 15: Ten Low-Impact Camping Tips. Chapter 16: Ten Camping Recipes. Chapter 17: Ten or So Camping Resources. Chapter 18: Ten Best Outdoor Destinations. Chapter 19: Ten Times Two: Hodgson's Twenty Laws of Camping. PART VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Understanding the Outdoor Lingo. Appendix B: Before You Leave Home: Countdown Checklist. Appendix C: Connections. Index. Book Registration Information.
Recognized nationally for his poignant writing style, humor and knowledge of outdoor equipment, award-winning journalist and author Michael Hodgson is constantly "seeking out the wilder side of a mountain..." in search of a good story or a ridiculously tough place to test gear. Frankly, his friends are amazed that he can still walk. Michael is the copublisher of SNEWSA (R), a subscription-only news service for the outdoor and fitness industries and is a founding partner in GearTrendsA (R) - www.GearTrends.com - established in 1999 as an information website for new products and trends in the outdoor, snow sport, fitness, paddling and bike markets.