Justin Lichter, a.k.a. Trauma, has learned countless tips, skills, and know-how in over 35,000 miles of hiking. Trail Tested is a comprehensive guide about hiking and backpacking with valuable information that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re just starting to hike and camp in the backcountry, head out regularly, or are about to set out on an epic six-month hike, this book is packed with priceless information that’s helpful to experienced ultralight gram-counters and novices alike.
Vibrant images from Trauma’s treks will entice all readers to get out and enjoy the backcountry, while other pictures and graphics help them understand why getting the right gear and skills are integral to becoming better hikers. The range of knowledge is expansive, from helping you select the best gear for your treks, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, and ultralight shelters. The book explains low-impact camping and hiking, campsite selection, hiking with dogs, navigating the backcountry, winter camping, weather forecasting and thru-hiking. It covers advanced skills, like creating hiking routes, cross-country hiking, fording dangerous rivers and other obstacles, and making a hike into a multi-sport adventure by adding in climbing, white-water rafting or other adventures. Trauma also shares stories from his adventures in the United States and around the world.
This book is like no other out there. It’s penned by one of the sport’s most adventurous athletes. Trauma has hiked over 10,000 miles in one year, has hiked the Triple Crown of long- distance hiking twice, and has run from lions and elephants in the African bush. This book is a must read and an essential addition to any hiker’s library!