Rating: 5 / 5
This book is more than a dusty old volume about a dusty old hiker. It's valuable, not only for the lightweight philosophy as noted above, but for the drawings and descriptions of different types of gear. Familiar with the George tarp/tent that Integral Designs came out with a few years back? It's in here. There are ideas in here that look somewhat like the Lunar Solo, one that suggests a Flashlight type tent, and more. Packs, cooking gear and other items are covered as well.
There are some changes though, for example, in his gear lists, he always has at least a half pound of tobacco, and a pipe or two.
If nothing else this book is memorable for the phrase: "not just light, lighter, lightest, but rather right, righter, rightest"
I bought my reprint copy at a Border's bookstore a couple of years ago, and I'm sure they can still get them.