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Backpacker Magazine –
Big, Wild, Empty
Want to be alone with grizzlies, bighorns, and 200 miles of the Continental Divide? Bring your A game and explore Montana’s 1.5 million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. By Steve Howe
Cut pack weight in half—immediately—with our patented 12-step program. By Kelly Bastone
Summer Adventure Atlas
Don’t waste a single weekend this hiking season. Start by knocking off the best trails near you—we scoured every state for overlooked three-day gems—then hit the road for farflung life-listers. By Kelly Bastone
How to Walk
The new science of smarter striding will change the way you hike, helping you go farther without injury or fatigue. Plus: our take on the barefoot phenomenon and simple cures for knee pain. By Annette McGivney
Rip & Go!
Hop a ferry to Channel Islands NP and basecamp on Santa Rosa Island.
The Rockies get heavenly come August. Nab a private slice on this sneak route.
Grab your paddle and discover a quiet corner of the Boundary Waters.
Score classic New England views on the East’s newest national scenic trail.
THE MANUAL: Master GPS
Navigation made easy: Here’s how to plot, map, and record your next trip.
Serve up spicy peanut noodles and summer rolls with satay dipping sauce.
Calls of the Wild
Friends doubt you heard a wolf howl? Play them your expert recording.
GEAR SCHOOL: Helmets
You only have one head. Protect it with the right brain bucket—and one that fits.
FIELD TEST: Light Hikers
Grand Canyon rangers rate 5 low-cuts.
We test titanium pots, a weekend pack, a bargain three-person tent, a special anniversary watch, and a protective sun hoody.
REVIEW: Featherweight Shells
Get wind and rain protection for less.