Apr 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm #1289210Apr 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm #1871650
Chad “Stick” PoindexterBPL Member
@stickLocale: Hot & Humid Southeast....
Nice. Thanks for sharing! I will have to add this to my next book order…Apr 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm #1871734
I have corresponded with Justin a few times and he is a super person, let alone an amazing trekker.Apr 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm #1871735
Thanks for the tip/link Dave, looks like a great book!Apr 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm #1871742
Nice looking book. I'm ordering now.May 7, 2012 at 7:54 am #1875204
Has any one had a chance to read this yet, what did you think? I'm curious and would've picked it up by now but there does not seem to be a digital version. ThanksMay 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm #1875428
Mine's still in the mail….He was supposed to receive the books last Monday (ie. Apr 31) so they should be arriving at USA doorsteps around now, but mine is coming to Canada so it'll likely be another week.May 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm #1875467
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Turns out that Justin works in ski patrol with a good friend of mine who was able to score a book for me. Signed by the author no less.
I've just started it, but the format is similar to Skurka's book. It will be interesting to see the similarities/differences between the two.May 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm #1880551
John GBPL Member
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
How does Justin's book compare to Andrew's ? Gear focus ? Very similar advice ?Sep 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm #1908794
Ken T.BPL Member
So what do you all think?Sep 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm #1908853
I've read both books and I already posted a comparison in another thread, which could probably be looked up if someone cared enough. It's been quite a few months now since I read these books, so my memory is fading.
With that said, they're very different books and both worth reading. The strongest points of Skurka's book are the information on trip planning (great section) and the gear advice. Lichter is a more traditional hiker than Skurka (ie. framed packs, tents, sleeping bags etc) and the gear discussion isn't as analytical/engaging, so most long-time hikers won't benefit too much.
The strongest point of Lichter's book is the information he gives on various hiking skills. This info is primarily in the final third ('advanced') section of the book and it includes some solid info on topics like navigation, water crossings etc. There some really good tips and well explained skills here.
To illustrate the difference, Skurka's book discusses WHY a map and compass is better than a GPS and advises on WHICH maps/compasses to use, while Lichter's book will tell you HOW to use the map and compass as it pertains to hiking.
Both books have a mix of awesome photos and generic ones. I'd like to see both authors improve this is future editions. Skurka could use less images that appear to be catalog pics from sponsors, while Lichter would benefit from reducing the number of pictures (20?) of him standing in a store holding up gear. Not a big deal, but these pictures sorta stand out like sore thumbs next to some of the awesome real adventure photos.Sep 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm #1908855
Ken T.BPL Member
I hate it when I miss those one reply threads.
Anyone else have an opinion?Sep 4, 2012 at 7:09 am #1908926
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