The soul-stirring majesty of watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain. The simple pleasure of getting water from a cool, crystal-clear woodland stream. The warm camaraderie that you only find on the trail. Backpacking is a magical pursuit. It’s not only an excellent way to achieve lifelong fitness and health; it can also be a profoundly moving and unforgettable experience. It sparks something primal inside of us and allows us to connect with nature on a deeply personal level.

But preparing for a trip into the great outdoors can seem like a daunting task to the first-time adventurer, especially those of us approaching and rebelling against our “golden” years. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.

This gentle beginner’s guide offers first steps for safe and satisfying outdoor adventures while covering everything from trailheads to thunder trees.” – Kirkus Reviews

In The Honest Backpacker: A Practical Guide for the Rookie Adventurer over 50, seasoned backpackers Jim and Nicole Klopovic share a step-by-step plan for preparing for your first backpacking trip tailored to the novice, mature adventurer. They provide essential advice and trail-proven tips on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Getting your body, mind, and spirit in shape for your trip
  • Planning your hike (what, where, when)
  • What gear you’ll need and how to select it
  • Creating healthy menus and purchasing food for the trail
  • What to pack and how to pack it
  • Trail safety and etiquette
  • And much, much more

You’ll learn everything you need to know to have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable backpacking experience… and want to do it again. Plus, to inspire and motivate you, Jim shares stories of the spectacular sights and fascinating people he met while trekking across northern England on the England Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Walk.

Much more than just another “how-to” guide, The Honest Backpacker is your invitation to venture out into the wilderness, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of nature, and “wash your spirit clean.”

This guide is methodical in its approach but pleasant to read, as it’s sometimes reminiscent of an uplifting life-coach: ‘And keep your eyes on the hiking prize. You will experience life as you never have.'” – Kirkus Reviews