“For expert advice … you’d do well to turn to an about-to-be-published book Backpacking 101. Balogh Rochfort gives easy-to-follow instructions on how to … handle snake bites, bear and mountain lion encounters, getting lost, and medical emergencies. She does all of this in a light, fun-to-read book. So even though one of the vital key bits of advice in the guide is to keep your backpack light, this book may be a bit of extra weight you’d be wise to carry along.”
“Your resource guide to hitting the trails! A thorough handbook outlining everything you want to know to enjoy a backpacking adventure. The book is filled with invaluable practical advice … .With the literary voice of a new-found, knowledgeable friend, Heather delivers the information and advice that you’re going to need to get the most out of your backpacking experience.”
“Backpacking 101 is exactly what I needed to get me mentally prepared (whilst I am in the process of getting physically fit). Heather … walks you through step-by-step and details how to hike, tips and skills for being out on the trail, how to set up a campsite, dealing with wildlife (the scariest part for me!), and what to do if you get lost. Perfect for getting motivated for a trip!”
(Misadventures with Andi)
“Heather Balogh Rochfort promises the reader quite a lot … and delivers. A soup to nuts primer on getting yourself out on the trail, first trip or experienced. Use it to plan the trip, enjoy the experience, and be safe whilst doing so.” (Midwest Basecamp)
“Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort is a great addition to your adventure library. It shows you how to buy the right gear, plan your trip and be ready for emergencies.”
“As I worked my way through the book … I used to be reminded that I need to really focus on getting better at packing my bag and take a course on navigation. Heather includes chapter summaries at the end of each chapter, which highlights points she covered right through the section. There is space on this page under the summary to include your own notes. I like Heather’s writing style and feel like she would be able to give some good information on the topic.” (Campfire Chic)
“Helpful tips broken down into chapters to aid you in planning your trip, buying your gear and conquering your backpacking adventure.”
(Women Who Hike)
“Heather really covers it all in this book. It’s written for an audience who has zero experience or knowledge about backpacking, but covers topics and includes tips and wisdom that even seasoned backpackers can learn. Backpacking 101 covers the entire gambit of what it takes to go on a backpacking trip; from how to prepare yourself physically, selecting the right gear, and even tips on what to do when nature calls in the woods. Rochfort provides intangible insights on topics that may be hard to find in other backpacking resources.”
“Backpacking 101 includes expert advice for cragswomen and men of all skill levels — including buying the right equipment, cooking energizing meals on the trail, and dealing with animal encounters.”
“Backpacking 101 has all the answers you’ll need to move forward. Rochfort covers every topic in this helpful book. Her conversational and friendly style make an otherwise intimidating topic accessible. This book is full of valuable details. I highly recommend this resource for making the leap to multi-day outings.”
(The Hiker Mama)
About the Author
Colorado native Heather Balogh Rochfort is an adventurer, a writer, and an author. In 2005 she founded Just A Colorado Gal, now one of the vital top outdoor blogs in Colorado and ranked as one of the vital five most popular hiking blogs on the internet by USA Today. She is also a freelance writer with bylines at BACKPACKER, Outside, The Red Bulletin, SNEWS, and more. As an outside advocate, she is passionate about the rejuvenating powers of the wild and encourages people to get outside in the hopes that they are going to love the outdoors as much as she does. Visit her online at JustAColoradoGal.com.
From the creator of the Just a Colorado Gal blog comes a guide to help you plan for a fun backpacking experience.It’s time to take a hike! In Backpacking 101, outdoor expert Heather Balogh Rochfort goes step-by-step through the preparation process of hiking—from selecting the right gear to choosing the perfect destination. She also provides useful information for out on the trail, including how to -Properly read a topographic map -Set up an environmentally friendly campsite -Safely interact with wildlife -Handle being lost in the woods With Backpacking 101 in your bag, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way throughout your trek—no matter what skill level you are. It’s the perfect resource for anyone ready for an outside adventure!