How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild: Backpacking for Beginners


After many late-night writing sessions on my kitchen table, I am pleased to announce my first print book will be coming out on Sept 3rd:

How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild: Backpacking for Beginners

You can pre-order a copy before then for a discount. This book is not a gear guide, but a “soup to nuts”  book for beginner backpackers to get out on the trail.

As the Amazon blurb states:

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 backcountry 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.

I am proud of this book and think the book will help out any person new to the outdoor world.


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4 years ago

Congratulations Paul! After having the privilege to spend a few days hiking with you, I’m sure the book will be well written, useful and entertaining!

Dirty bird
Dirty bird
4 years ago

Congrats! I will recommend it to all newbies I run into!

3 years ago

For those of us who drive to the trails in an older vehicle, this book is available on audio CD at amazon. It is nice.