First Night Out
Meet a Texas reader who chose Big Bend National Park for her inaugural backpacking trip.
We've gathered top skills for new backpackers and a dozen unforgettable—yet beginner-friendly—trails. What they say is true: You'll never forget your first time.
Three readers who hit the trail for the first time (newbies!) in 2013 as part of our Year of the Reader celebration.
Three authors write about the moments that changed their impressions of the backcountry forever.
Dodge these common errors with our prevention primer.
Learn how to set up your kitchen, store food, and wash dishes in the backcountry.
Learn how to treat water in the backcountry.
How to choose a campsite, set up camp. and sleep comfortably.
How to dress comfortably and stay fueled while hiking.
Three trails teeming with wildlife
Outdoor experts have refined the list of key safety and survival tools into these 10 categories. Don't leave home
Tips on packing and planning for your first night under the stars.
Three beautiful water-side hikes
Three hikes with spectacular views
Three hikes with scenic wildflower vistas