Rating: 5 / 5
I first read through this book thirty or so years ago, thought it was great at the time, but loaned it out, and never got it back. When TCW 4 came out a few years ago, I bought it, and remembered how much I had enjoyed the original. I then went to an online used bookseller (Alibris, which I also recommend) and bought the first three volumes. It's amazing to look at the evolution of gear, but see how the basic precepts still apply. I got an extra benefit in that one of the used books, III, I think it was, had a hand written gear list, probably from the eighties. But the main thing is the quality of Fletcher's writing. His descriptions, jokes, horrible puns, ("far from the Madden crowd"; is one I still remember)are memorable, but the overall quality of his writing stands out from any backpacking book I've seen, IMO.