Well, I hope I'm not a complete idiot but apparently I'm at least an official source for "idiots" looking to get into the great outdoors. Former Backpacker Magazine editor (and friend) Jason Stevenson has referenced me in his new book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking under the DIY gear section.
Click here for the PDF and scroll down to page 2 to see the reference. I have to admit, some of the "The Complete Idiot's Guide to...(insert your new interest here)" books are actually pretty good for newbies and I'm honored to be mentioned in Jason's book. I'm not sure, but as far as I know, this is the first time I've been referenced in a published book (not just a magazine). Anyway, Jason is an excellent writer and if you know of anyone looking to get into backpacking or hiking, this would be a good recommendation or gift. His style is fun, informative, and very accessible.
If you're new to backpacking and read this book, you're not an idiot. You're starting in the right place.
Now all I have to do is get published in a "(fill in the blank) for Dummies" book and some Cliff's Notes to make it big time!