Learning to hike and backpack could not be easier with these expert teachers providing the basic techniques and skills so readers can quickly gain the essentials to go hiking. This book introduces readers to hiking, overnight camping and backpacking, then prepares them to hike by selecting the right equipment, learning fitness basics, travel safety and survival skills. Starting with easy day trips, readers will then move on to more challenging hikes, overnight camping and extended backpacking adventures, as well as adventures that include groups, families and dogs. Part I prepares readers with background knowledge, fitness basics, equipment and gear selection, nutritional needs, safety and survival skills. Part II builds basic techniques and skills for success. Throughout the book, expert guides provide technique, consumer and safety tips from their extensive experience. Weblinks allow readers to explore the world of outdoor adventure.