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Life list



Twilight Canyon, Utah

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

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'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.

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.

Backpack West Virginia's Cranberry Wilderness

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

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