Backpacking is a great way to get into the back country wilderness. Both Washington and Idaho have magnificent destinations, however, being days away from civilization brings a host of issues to do it safely, comfortably, and responsibly. Here are library and other resources to do just that. Don’t forget to have those ten essentials in your pack!
Library Books and DVDs
The Complete Guide to Backpacking: Field-Tested Gear, Advice, and Know-How for the Trail
The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka
Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes by Craig Romano
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking by Jason Stevenson
Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike by Liz Thomas
Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton
Hiking and Backpacking: Outdoor Adventures by Marni Goldenberg
The Backpacker’s Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis
Backpacking & Hiking by Karen Berger
Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques by Victoria Logue
Explore magazines from OverDrive or through their Libby app! Here you can read the complete electronic version of titles such as Backpacker, Outside, and The Great Outdoors.
Stream videos on Kanopy
Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.
Washington Trails Association: Overnight Backpacking Destinations — Washington Trails Association (wta.org)
Washington Trails Association: 3-5 Day Backpacking Trips for Summer — Washington Trails Association (wta.org)