The Hillwalker's Manual

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9781852843410
Published
13 Mar 2009
Edition
Second
Pages
160
Size
21.6 x 13.8 x 1.5cm
Weight
300g

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A comprehensive and practical manual for the hillwalker, covering equipment, safety, navigation, survival and photography. This guidebook contains information on organisations, the hill environment, weather and nature in the hills. The aim is to equip walkers with all the practical skills needed to plan and execute a great day in the hills.

Photo by Bill Birkett
Photo by Bill Birkett
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852843410
Published
13 Mar 2009
Edition
Second
Pages
160
Size
21.6 x 13.8 x 1.5cm
Weight
300g
  • Overview

    The leading practical manual for the walker, covering equipment, safety, navigation, survival and photography.

    The book is split into the following sections:

    • The Hillwalker's World - Weather and seasons, physical features, altitude and nature, organisations, hill environment
    • Equipment - Footwear, clothing, rucksacks, winter, equipment care
    • Navigation - Using the map, compass work, other methods of navigation
    • Techniques - Route planning, preparation, footcare, group leadership, solo walking, walking technique
    • Survival - Being prepared, dealing with natural hazards, accident and rescue
    • Photography - Cameras, lenses, filters, tripods, film, storage, techniques, sharp photographs, light, composition.
  • Contents
    Foreword

    The Hillwalker’s World       
    Weather and the Seasons   
    Important Physical Features
    Altitude and Nature       
    Organisations Representing Hillwalkers
    The Hill Environment

    Equipment       
    Footwear       
    Clothing       
    Rucksacks       
    Winter Equipment       
    Care Products       
    Ancillary Equipment        

    Navigation       
    Using the Map   
    Compass Work       
    Other Methods of Navigation       

    Techniques       
    Route Planning       
    Preparation       
    Footcare       
    Group Leadership and Going Solo       
    Walking Techniques        

    Survival       
    Being Prepared       
    Dealing with Natural Hazards       
    Accident and Rescue        

    Photography    
    Basics       
    The Camera       
    The Lens
    Equipment
    Film       
    Photographic Storage
    Techniques in Hillwalking Photography
    Sharp Photographs      
    Using the Light       
    Composition       
    Conclusion    

    Appendix

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    Feb 2007

    Page 69 - 'Distance by Pacing'

    The paragraph states "A typical average may be 65 paces per 100m" This should read 65 double paces per 100m

  • Reviews
    'This is a beautifully produced book illustrated by good diagrams and quite stunning photographs. With a title like this I would expect to find the essential topics covered in detail and Bill Birkett does exactly this with the chapters on Equipment, Navigation, Techniques and Survival. An unexpected chapter on photography makes for a welcome addition to a book on hillwalking – I say unexpected simply because authors do not usually cover it, but most of us carry a camera from time to time and there are few better qualified to pass on some tips than Bill Birkett. The chapter on Survival deals as much with avoiding the issue as it does with what to do when in it, but I didn’t find any reference to a survival bag, which protects you from the wind and so is a real lifesaver. I am not talking about the so-called orange plastic survival bags which are good for sledging and useless for survival, but about lightweight nylon bags which come in various sizes – or they can be easily made. I can’t recall when last on the hill in summer or winter without one. And the Weather section is a bit lightweight. I am left wondering how he can justify 30 pages on photography (good as they are) while skipping over this pretty important issue in only 6? Maybe I would have felt better if he had suggested a weather book or two, but this is not so – in fact, there is no bibliography, which I think, is an unfortunate omission. One point with which I definitely disagree is the advice that at least 24 hours should be allowed after snowfall before one ventures onto the hill, and a period of three days or more is preferable. This out-of-date view has its history in the Alps, and even then it was wrong. With understanding of snow craft it is perfectly possible to go out in the hills both during and immediately after snowfall without incurring undue risk – witness the hundreds (no, thousands) of people who regularly do so in this country and elsewhere. And on the subject of snow, if you go out to practice self-arrest with the ice axe I advise the wearing of a helmet and no crampons (unlike the book’s illustrations), advice based on the bitter experience over many years of teaching this skill.
        But despite these niggles this book is packed with excellent information and it is brilliantly illustrated.'

    (Peter Cliff, The British Army Review Number 133)


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Bill Birkett

Bill Birkett is an experienced walker and climber and has written extensively on many outdoor activities, especially Lakeland climbing and walking.

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