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First Night Out



First Night Out: Year of the Reader

Meet a Texas reader who chose Big Bend National Park for her inaugural backpacking trip.

First Night Out

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.

First Night Out: Year of the Reader

Three readers who hit the trail for the first time (newbies!) in 2013 as part of our Year of the Reader celebration.

First Night Out: Essays

Three authors write about the moments that changed their impressions of the backcountry forever.

First Night Out: Top 10 Rookie Mistakes

Dodge these common errors with our prevention primer.

First Night Out: Cooking

Learn how to set up your kitchen, store food, and wash dishes in the backcountry.

First Night Out: Treat Water

Learn how to treat water in the backcountry.

First Night Out: In Camp

How to choose a campsite, set up camp. and sleep comfortably.

First Night Out: On the Trail

How to dress comfortably and stay fueled while hiking.

First Night Out: Fauna

Three trails teeming with wildlife

First Night Out: The Ten Essentials

Outdoor experts have refined the list of key safety and survival tools into these 10 categories. Don't leave home without them.

First Night Out: Packing and Planning

Tips on packing and planning for your first night under the stars.

First Night Out: Water

Three beautiful water-side hikes

First Night Out: Views

Three hikes with spectacular views

First Night Out: Flora

Three hikes with scenic wildflower vistas

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