Whether your preference for hiking is for an easy walk in the woods or a multi-day effort in the wilderness, there are certain things you need to know in order to make the most of the experience. This title is an introduction to a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the western world. It provides the information that you should need for a safe and pleasant walk. Chapters deal with: how to plan anything, from an overnight trail in bedded huts to an expedition requiring you to be more self-sufficient; how to assess your fitness level for the trail you have in mind; respecting the natural environment; gear requirements; simple navigations and essential first aid and setting up and maintaining a campsite. Specialist skills and activities such as fording fast-flowing rivers, walking in snow and ice and hiking with dogs are also covered. The guide concludes with a brief description of selected trails in Europe, the Americas, Africa, South-East Asia and Australasia - just enough to whet the appetite and make the reader want to get 'out there'. Throughout the text is supported by inspiring photographs and specially commissioned illustrations to emphasize details or highlight attractions that the wilderness holds for those who choose to explore it.