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The Best Beach Campsites in North America

Want to fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves? Nab one of these prime waterfront campsites.
By Abbey Dufoe.

The Best Outdoor Dog Breeds

These dogs love adventures on the trail just as much as you do.
By Shey Kiester

10 Unique Craft Beers for the Backcountry

Enhance your next hiking trip with these 10 local craft brews. The best part? They come in trail-ready cans. By Shey Kiester.

6 Must-See Waterfall Hikes

With summer (finally) approaching, these gushers guarantee refreshment with a big side of splendor.
By Shey Kiester.

9 Signs You're An Old-School Backpacker

Fads come and go, but you've been a backpacker through it all. Here are a few signs you're a diehard dirtbag.
By Shey Kiester

See Vintage-Inspired National Park Prints

The See America series hearkens back to classic WPA travel posters.

Backcountry Dictionary: Your Guide to Hiker Slang

HYOH. Postholing. Vitamin I. Huh? Here's a cheat sheet for the hardcore hiker lingo you might hear out on the trail.

Who's Your Dream Hiking Partner?

From John Muir to Jimmy Buffett to Samwise, our editors picked their ideal companions (living, dead, and fictional) for a trek. Text by Shey Kiester.

The Six Most Dangerous National Parks

National parks are pretty safe, but some carry more risk than others. Text by Shey Kiester. Research by Mackenzie Murphy

10 Amazing Cave Hikes in the U.S.

Adventures abound, both above and below ground.
Text by Mattie Schuler

10 Amazing Cave Hikes in the U.S.

Adventures abound, both above and below ground. By Mattie Schuler.

Twilight Canyon, Utah

Deep in Glen Canyon, explore lost slots restored by receding waters.

The Worst Hiking Partner Behaviors

Hiking with others can be a blast—as long as your partner isn't making one of these egregious gaffes, that is. Here's a taxonomy of the worst backcountry offenders.

The List: 10 Trails to Cure the Winter Blues

Cabin fever got you down? These trails are even better in the cold weather months.

The List: 18 (More) Great Books for the Trail

We asked and you answered loud and clear: here are 18 more of your favorite outdoor reads that were left off our first list. Thanks to everyone who participated!

The List: 20 Great Books For the Trail

Whether read before the trek, during the adventure, or after it's all over, these books remind us why we love the wild.

The List: 10 Essential Backpacking Hacks You Need to Know

These clever, easy workarounds will save you time, energy, and money on your next trip.

Life List: Moonlit Presidential Traverse, New Hampshire

An after-hours trek on one of the Northeast's best hikes yields unexpected sights.

Life List: Stillwater Canyon, Utah

Travel rugged, red-rock backcountry in Canyonlands National Park the easy way—by boat.

Life List: Grand Challenge

Push yourself on a self-supported, 167-mile race through the Southwest. The blisters will go away; the accomplishment will stay with you forever.

Life List: Northern Lights Ski Tour, Alaska

See the world's best sky show from your private backcountry cabin.

Life List: The Source of the Amazon

Trek to the Peruvian high spot where the planet's most powerful river is born.

Life List: Walking Safari, Kruger NP, South Africa

Trek among giraffes, rhinos, lions, and elephants in one of the world's premier wildlife parks.

Life List: Buckskin Gulch, Utah/Arizona

Yes, all wilderness is sacred. But this mystically beautiful slot canyon is holier than most.

Life List: Buckskin Gulch, Utah/Arizona

Yes, all wilderness is sacred. But this mystically beautiful slot canyon is holier than most.

Life's Short, Hike More!

What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.

New Life List: Shoot a Wall-Worthy Photo

The only thing equal to a life-list trip? An image that brings it back to life.

Colorado Trail: Find Solitude

How to beat the crowds and find solitude in the Rockies

Grand Canyon: Treasure Map

Score your own private paradise with this insider's guide to uncrowded areas in Grand Canyon National Park.

Ridge Runner

Undeterred by injuries that would cripple most men, a Colorado hiker nears the halfway point in a pioneering attempt to thru-hike the true crest of the Continental Divide. In this extended online interview, Dunmire talks about his gear essentials, near misses, and the challenges that lay ahead as he continues to trace North America's spine.

Life List: Climb Mt. Whitney

Climb the Lower 48's highest peak on a route with all of the thrills but none of the crowds.

Thru-Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail

Spectacular lake views, granite-edged trails, and surprising solitude will make you want to go in circles on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Paddle and Hike Voyageurs National Park

With a thousand islands and countless passages, this little-visited treasure is a watery maze. Here's the way in–and out.

Backpacker Editors' Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.

Backpack West Virginia's Cranberry Wilderness

Discover a slice of rare Eastern wild country in West Virginia, where Canadian taiga meets Southern forests.

Your Weeklong Dream Trip

Your Next Big Peak

Your Longest Dayhike Ever

March 2008 Perfect System: East

March 2008 Perfect System: Southwest

March 2008 Perfect System: Rocky Mountains

March 2008 Perfect System: Northwest

Backpacker 2008 Gear Guide: Perfect System

The best gear in the world can be worthless in the wrong conditions. That's where Backpacker's Perfect System comes in.

Survival Kit

Make your own backcountry survival kit.

Modern Man Vs. Mad Dog

A techno-packer and a yard-sale minimalist go stride for stride to find out what kind of equipment is best for a good time. Or more importantly, does it really matter?

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