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  How-To
The Adventurer's Handbook
30 Crucial Skills, Nifty Tips, and Shameless Shortcuts
By Robert Earle Howells

How to Hike Lighter

"Chuck your boots," says Chris Townsend, the author of The Advanced Backpacker (McGraw-Hill). Instead, wear low-top hikers, sneakers, or sandals.

The old saw that a pound [half a kilogram] off your feet is like five [about two kilograms] off your back is true, he says. He even bucks the notion that you need boots for ankle support. "What gives you support is the heel cup," he says.

To drillers of holes in toothbrush handles, Townsend says, "What, a half ounce [14 grams]? Big deal. Weigh your big items. A lighter rain jacket alone can save a pound."

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•  Introduction
 
How to
•  Avoid an Avalanche
•  Avoid Blisters
•  Beach a Kayak
•  Bike Up Steep Trails
•  Build a Fire When It's Wet
•  Climb Higher
•  Cross a River on Foot
•  Fight Altitude Sickness
•  Find Your Way
•  Fix Gear in the Field
•  Haggle for Anything
•  Hike Lighter
•  Keep Warm on Frigid Hikes
•  Leave (Absolutely) No Trace
•  Make Tastier Backcountry Grub
•  Melt Snow to Drink
•  Paddle With Power
•  Predict the Weather
•  Put on Your Skis
•  Run Off-Road
•  See More Fish When Diving
•  Ski Faster
•  Slide Down an Icy Slope
•  Slip a Bribe
•  Stick to the Rock
•  Swim Rapids
•  Swing a Machete
•  Take Better Photos
•  Telemark for Real
•  Wipe Out on a Bike
 
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