A complete guide to choosing gear and clothing for day hiking including:
* How to choose hiking boots, day packs and performance clothing for staying dry and comfortable on the trail
* Tips for navigating and what to do if you lose your way
* Tips for hiking safely
* Creating a first aid kit for day hikes
* Suggested trail snacks
* Resources for finding hiking trails near you
Author Jeffrey Ryan has hiked thousands of miles on America’s trails and written several acclaimed books about his journeys including Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail (Down East Books, 2016) and Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail (2017, Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
Now he turns his attention to helping you get the most from your day hiking adventures with tips you’ll appreciate, whether you’re hiking with another hiking buddy or a whole family.
Jeff’s long-distance hikes have included the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the New England Trail, the Long Trail, and many other regional trails. In 2017, he returned to climb Mount Saint Helens after a 30-year hiatus, which led to yet another book, Blast: My Return to Mount Saint Helens.
When he is not hiking, researching new projects or writing, Jeff tours North America in his vintage 1985 VW camper, speaking in lecture halls and libraries and signing books.