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The Beautiful North Cascades

Talk about a dream job: Photographer Ethan Welty roved secluded valleys and isolated mountaintops as an artist-in-residence at Washington's North Cascades National Park last summer. That was just the capstone on eight years he's spent photographing the area. Here are a few of his favorite spots.

Your Best Shots 2014 Reader Photo Contest

Pouring over 500-plus photo submissions would be grueling work in any other contest. Not this one. Your striking images prove BACKPACKER readers explore the backcountry's best places, and have the skills to bring home amazing photos. Here are the best of the best.

Gear Review: Pentax Optio WG-3 Digital Camera

A camera built for adventure races.

Smartphone Photo Accessories

Outfit your phone for better backcountry pictures.

2013 Reader Photo Contest - Your Best Shots

For 40 years, BACKPACKER readers have explored the wilderness and returned with photographic gold. But we were wowed by the entries for this contest—more than 650 of them. Check out these finalists (and this year's winner), then go to backpacker.com/photos to submit your own images. We’ll showcase the best entries in upcoming issues.

Field Test: Tough Waterproof Cameras

These six cameras can take it all and still bring home your hero shots.

Upgrade Your Camera

Improve and protect your photos with these three accessories.

Gear Review: Nikon Coolpix AW100 and FujiFilm Fine Pix XP150

Two point-and-shoot cameras that maps & GPS lovers will appreciate.

Gear Review: iON Air Pro WiFi POV Videocam

The Air Pro is the quickest, most responsive point-of-view camera we've tested.

Gear Review: Pentax WG-2

A camera that withstood a 13-mile Tough Mudder race...clipped to the racer's waist.

Gear Review: Panasonic Lumix TS20

A compact (read: lightweight and highly packable) camera that's under $200.

Gear Review: Olympus Tough TG-1

A rugged waterproof camera with great image quality.

2012 Glacier Unforgettable Sweepstakes Offical Rules



Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Cameras

Bring back better images and video with these adventure-worthy cameras and accessories.

Gear Review: Cotton Carrier Camera Vest

Never miss a shot with this quick-draw vest system.

Gear Review: Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera

"This is the best adventure DSLR ever made for its price."

Gear Guide 2012: NRS HydroLock Dry Bag

A giant roll-top and zip-top dry bag in one

Gear Guide 2012: Electronics

Cameras, gadgets, and cases for the trail.

Gear Guide 2012: Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera

A DSLR camera that can handle a multitude of light and weather conditions.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Make an Adventure Movie

Create a story-driven video that engages you on the trail and offers a fresh perspective on trip memories.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Pedco CellPod

Versatile tripod for ultralight photography

BACKPACKER Reader Photo Contest

Enter this year's Readers Choice Photo Contest... there was more text here.

Father's Day Gift Guide

What do dads really want? Hint: not more ties or car wash gift certificates. We polled our male staffers to find out what they hope to get (or give) this June 19th.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Olympus TG-310 Point-and-Shoot Camera

Shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof means it's kid-proof

Gear Review: Olympus Tough TG-310 Point-and-Shoot Camera

A shockproof, waterproof, freeze-proof camera for all your outings

Gear Review: Leki Aergon Photoadapter Kit

Turn your Leki trekking pole into a monopod for photo ops.

Gear Review: Callpod Fueltank DUO Rechargeable Battery Pack

A rechargeable, lithium-ion battery pack for all your gadgets.

Gear Review: ContourHD Camera

A tiny helmet cam with above average sound quality.

Gear Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL Camera

A waterproof video camera that's reasonably priced.

Gear Review: Pentax K-5 Camera

A tough DSLR that's perfect for shooting wildlife thanks to its quiet shutter.

Gear Review: Pentax Optio W90 Camera

An all-conditions, high-value performance point-and-shoot camera.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: GoPro HD Hero 960 Video Camera

Got a budding videographer on your list? Check out this wearable pocket-size HD video camera.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: The StickPic

For the photo-happy folks on your gift list, the StickPic is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Cameras

Upgrade your outdoor images with a rugged pocket cam, a pro-level DSLR, and more.

Backpacker Photo School: Tips for Great Fall Photos

Before all the leaves drop, read these quick tips and take your camera out on the trail for one more shot at Autumn photos.

Gear Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Point-and-Shoot Camera

This point-and-shoot camera does it all: stills, video, and GPS.

Gear Review: Casio Exilim G EX-G1 Point-and-Shoot Camera

Casio Exilim G EX-G1 point and shoot camera is the perfect solution for the backpacker.

Gear Review: Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera

Best DSLR digital camera for backpacking.

Gear Review: The StickPic

Turn your trekking pole into a tripod with this inexpensive, lightweight accessory.

Gear Guide 2010: Essentials A to Z

Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.

Gear Review: Sony HDR-XR520V

Photos, videos–this Sony Handycam is an HD beast.

Gear Review: Aquapac SLR Waterproof Camera Case

Protect your DSLR camera with this waterproof case.

Toughest Gear: Nikon D70 Camera

Can't-miss camera for all conditions.

Editors' Choice 2010: Mophie Juice Pack Air

Make your iPhone trail-ready.

Gear Review: iPhone

The best smartphone for the backcountry

Gear Review: Bheestie Bag

Resurrect electronics that have taken a swim

Gear Review: GoPro HD Hero Camera

A versatile body camera that shoots HD video

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Photo Survival Guide

The outdoors can be tough on a camera, so be prepared with this survival guide.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro

Our top photographers share their secrets. Plus: 6 trail-friendly cameras.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Cameras

You can't shoot like a pro, if you don't have the right camera. Here, six models for every type of shooter.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Panasonic DMC LX3K

This point-and-shoot works great in low light and has manual controls.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Pentax Optio W80

This waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof camera produces vivid photos and video.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Olympus Stylus Tough-8000

This slim, waterproof point-and-shoot has great image stabilization.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Olympus E-P1

This Olympus has interchangeable lenses that take magazine-worthy shots.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Pentax K-x

This DSLR is under $700 and works great for landscape and wildlife shots.

How to Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Nikon D300s

This still and video camera comes complete with 10 in-camera editing features.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Photo Editing Software

Refine your work with these top programs.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Exposure

Learn the basics of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Wildlife

Capture great wildlife photos with patience and know-how regarding their movements and your camera.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Night Photography

Avoid grainy nighttime shots by shooting at a low ISO.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Action Shots

Learn when to stop the action or pan along for the best shot.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Summits

Emphasize the steepness, and the accomplishment, with these techniques.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Portraits

Get a classic shot of friends or family.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: When to Shoot What

High noon. Check. Dawn and dusk. Check. Overcast days. Check.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Landscapes - Water & Snow

Water and snow shots can be a lighting nightmare--but not with these tips.

Shoot Like a Pro: Landscapes - Wide Angle, Zoom, & Macro

Whether you're shooting wide angle or on zoom, learn how to best capture the beautiful scenery around you.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Cameras

Whether you want to shoot action video or beautiful still photos we have a camera for you.

The Manual: How to Shoot Wildlife Photography

Find and frame animals perfectly with this wildlife photography primer.

Weekend Planner: Go High-Tech

Go wireless, get dialed in, and navigate like a pro with these gadgets.

Editors' Choice 2009: Nikon Coolpix P6000 Camera

Backpackers get a made-to-order digital camera with the first affordable GPS-enabled shooter.

Editors' Choice 2009: Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Video Camera

This light and totally waterproof camcorder changes the game for backcountry moviemaking.

Camera Pack: LowePro CompuRover

LowePro CompuRover is the outdoor photographer's best friend.

Portable Power: Battery Chargers

Got juice? Here are energy solutions for everything from weekend hikes to an Everest expedition.

Miniwiz HyMini Delux Portable Fan

The HyMini solar-powered fan does way more then just keep you cool

Brunton Solaris and Solo Battery Charger

Need power? The Brunton Solaris charges any device you've got using included solar panels or a battery pack for low light conditions.

Duracell PowerSource Mini Portable Battery Charger

The compact PowerSource Mini gives a power boost to just about anything, including your USB-compatible devices.

Field Notes: Earphones, Headlamp, Avalanche Probe



Petzl Ultra Headlamp

The Petzl Ultra uses LED's for brightest, and most costly, headlamp.

AirDrives Interactive Earphones

AirDrives Interactive Earphones stay put on bumpiest trails and helps you rock out safely.

Oregon Scientific ATC3K Camcorder

Lightweight and durable, the low cost Oregon Scientific ATC3K camcorder is practically outdoor-proof.

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 Camcorder

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 packs face detection, a touch screen and HD quality into lightweight camcorder.

Canon Vixia HF10 Digital Video Camera

Small and compact, Canon's Vixia HF10 produces great HD-quality video and easy-to-use interfaces for any budding outdoors filmmaker.

3 Ways To Save: Video

If you want to save time, weight, or money when buying a video camera, we found the best options.

Sony H50 Digital Camera

Sony's H50 camera is packed with features like a infrared night mode, movable screen and easy-to-use slide shows.

Olympus Stylus 1030SW Digital Camera

The sturdy Olympus Stylus could be a backpacker's best point-and-shoot yet, with it's smash-proof LCD and a high 10-megapixel image sensor.

Canon PowerShot A590 Digital Camera

Canon's PowerShot A590 delivers some adjustable manual-like features in a bulky device too big for most front pockets.

Sony W300 Digital Camera

Sony's W300 packs a massive 13.2 megapixel sensor and trail-friendly scratch-resistant body.

Sony W130 Digital Camera

Simple and thin, Sony's W130 features crisp pictures and web-ready video.

Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera

Protected against small amounts of water, this sturdy camera is for the klutz in all of us.

Nikon Coolpix L18

Nixon's budget-priced point and shoot camera runs on AAs

Canon SD 890 IS Digital Camera

A perfect, pocket-sized digital camera for any weekend warrior.

Quick Sheet: Perfect Beginner to Expert Cameras

Whatever your budget or photo ambitions, we've found the perfect shooter for every type of backpacker.

All-Around Champ: Garmin Oregon 400t

The Garmin Oregon 400t GPS is a fast, simple and full-featured GPS device well worth the extra bucks

The Multitasker: Magellan Triton 2000 GPS

The Magellan Triton 2000 GPS is packed full of outdoor-worthy features.

Picture Taker: Nokia N95 Cell Phone GPS

Capture your trail memories with the 5-megapixel camera and light-duty GPS of the Nokia N95 cell phone.

Bargain: Magellan Triton 200 GPS

Experience fewer lost signals with the Magellan Triton 200, a basic GPS for a bargain price.

Great Communicator: Apple iPhone 3G

Apple iPhone 3G brings maps and downloadable GPS software to your fingertips.

Speed Navigator: Garmin Colorado 400t GPS

With a quad-helix antenna and preloaded topo maps, the Garmin Colorado 400t is the fastest of GPS units.

Weatherproof Your Electronics

Rain, snow, cold, hard knocks–the backcountry can be tough on trail gadgets. You can either upgrade your devices, or learn how to protect them.

How to Shoot Video in Any Condition

Beat wind, rain, and snow with 5 tips from an expert outdoor cameraman.

Digital Camera Glossary

Before you shop–and buy–your dream camera, familiarize yourself with these commonly used terms

Mediastreet eMotion MP3 Player

Solar charge all your outdoor electronics with Mediastreet's MP3 Player.

Freeplay FreeCharge 12V



Eton Microlink FR150 Weather Radio

Solar panels and hand crank keep Eton Microlink FR150 weather radio going and going.

Camera Pack Review: Crumpler Karachi Outpost

This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.

Share and Share Alike?: Top Five Photo Sharing Sites

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world. Web-based photo sites aren't all created equal. Here are our top 5.

Photos 101: Save and Share Your Photos, Produce a Slideshow, and Print Your Images

Learn how to save your photos, print them, get published, and produce an audio visual slideshow.

Post Your Video Online

Learn how to upload your video to YouTube and tap a social network like Facebook or MySpace to post links to your movie. Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share Your Trip; Make and Show Off Your Map

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share It: All the World's a (Cyber) Stage

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room--or around the world.

The Cutting Room: Editing Programs and Storage

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Video

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Photos

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: GPS

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Organize It: The Cutting Room

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Field School: Trail-Tested Tech

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures. The best new digital tools for every budget and skill level.

Field School: Essential Tips

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Make a Movie

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Capture Classic Images and Record Your Hike

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Document It: Field School

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

4 Trip-Planning Sites and Top Tech Tools

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Get Maps and Go

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Plan the Perfect Trip

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it. Here's how to get started the high-tech way.

Plan It: New Tools, New Rules

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

iHike: Hiking in the Digital Age

A Complete Guide to the Digital Revolution–and How to Join It



The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and can save you money. Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of rechargeable batteries.

Shoot It, Film It, Find It

Cameras, camcorders, and GPS–our testers pick the best for the trail.

How to Digitally Capture Your Wilderness Adventures

Be a YouTube Star: Learn how to shoot, edit, and post your next wilderness adventure.

Top 4 Digital Cameras

All our picks weigh less than 8 ounces and cost less than $400.

December '07 Gear Test: 3D Connexion Space Navigator, Purosol Sport/Marine, Solio, The Pod

The Backpacker testers try out some ingenious products for photo taking, map making, screen cleaning, and portable recharging.

Smart Chart: Find Your Perfect GPS Unit

Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.

Top 4 Digital Camcorders

Four packable, trailworthy camcorders that could launch your YouTube career

Camera Review: Canon PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH

You'll never miss a shot with this camera's lightning-fast lens.

Camera Review: Sony DCR-PC1000 MiniDV

Film your first wildlife documentary with this svelte digital video recorder.

Camera Review: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Capture every backcountry moment with this wafer-slim digital camera

Digital 301: Photography Skills

Push your photos to the next level with these shooting techniques

Digital 201: Photography Skills

Add valuable intermediate techniques to your shooting repertoire.

What Kind Of Digital Camera Should You Buy?

Not sure if you need a digital camera you can put in your pocket or one with all the lenses and accessories? No problem. Here's a guide to help you make the right choice.

Outdoor Photography: Anatomy of a Digital Camera

At first glance, digital cameras can be intimidating. Use this guide to take the guesswork out of the features on your camera.

Digital Cameras: Frequently Asked Questions

Before you buy a camera, you have to get some details straight. Here's a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.

Digital 101: Photography Skills

Learn your camera's capabilities by doing, not reading.

Technology Review: Contact 3.0 Hiking Package

Satellite broadcasting gets light, cheap, and trailworthy

Gear Reviews: Editors' Choice 2005

New Zealand is pretty to look at, but harsh on gear--making it just what we needed for our Kiwi challenge.

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