"Great books. Backcountry skills. Wilderness adventure."

Robert Birkby

Also from Robert Birkby

Mountain Madness: Scott Fischer, Mount Everest, and a Life Lived on High

Mountain Maddess

To read reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Rock & Ice Magazine, click here.


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Robert Birkby brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to books energized with first-hand knowledge.

Author of Mountain Madness, Lightly on the Land, and the new Fieldbook, his subjects are the people, places, and skills of the outdoors.


  • Speaking engagements
  • Writing projects
  • Trail design consulting and skills training
  • World-wide adventure travel

Contact Robert at: robertbirkby@earthlink.net

Irkutsk Church

This Month's Adventure Report

Share Bob's travels with this look back at his first trip to Siberia's Lake Baikal. Click here for journal entries and photographs of this remarkable and remote place on the planet.

Fieldbook Cover

New Fieldbook Published

Bob's latest book, the Fieldbook, is hitting the shelves! Written to be the best all-around guide to outdoor adventure on the market today, it is the go-to manual for everyone interested in backcountry challenges—from hiking, camping, and canoeing to mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, whitewater kayaking, and much more.

Published with the subtitle Scouting's Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure, the 2014 Fieldbook is a terrific manual for everyone who seeks to explore, to experience adventure, and to appreciate the natural world.

The book is built on the know-how of world-class mountaineers, naturalists, adventurers, and wilderness educators. Many have shared adventures with Bob over the years. All have tested and refined their expertise with decades of firsthand experience.

At 435 pages, the Fieldbook is big enough to contain a tremendous amount of outdoor knowledge, but small enough to slip into a backpack and carry in the field as a reference guide to all that is unfolding along the way. Pages are loaded with full-color photographs, maps, and images providing rich visions of outdoor adventure.

Mountain Travel

Fieldbook excerpt with Bob's photo of 23,500' Pumori near Mt. Everest

Grand Canyon Pic

Bob's photographs, including this one of a Grand Canyon backcountry trail crew at dawn, illustrate many Fieldbook pages.

What people are saying about the new Fieldbook:

"A terrific guide to the passion of adventure, skills for the backcountry, and stewardship of the environment—three keys to enjoying America's national parks and other public lands."
    —Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

"An essential read for any outdoor enthusiast, regardless of age or ability. The time-tested skills and practical approaches are a credible, invaluable resource that will help make your outdoor adventures fun, safe, and memorable in America's great outdoors."
    —Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D., President, American Hiking Society

"This new Fieldbook provides excellent, detailed guidance on how to put Leave No Trace principles into action."
    —Dana Watts, Executive Director, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics


The Fieldbook is available now from booksellers everywhere, BSA council Scout shops, and online at www.scoutstuff.org