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Backpacker Magazine – November 2011
New! Expanded Local Hikes Section
Here are 38 trails mapped by our field scouts, all close to cities like L.A., New York, and Seattle. There's one near you!
Ultimate Weekend Planners
Get out fast with our complete Rip & Go tear-out guides.
Climb through old-growth rainforest in Washington's Trapper Creek Wilderness.
Rock-hop, bushwhack, and wade your way down a rugged Arizona canyon.
Visit dense forest, grassy prairies, and alpine-like lakes on this weekend loop.
Enjoy the luxe side of winter on this hut-to-hut ski tour in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness.
The Manual: Winterize your dog
Keep your pet safe, warm, and well-fed with these 22 cold-weather tips.
Strength Training: Build Backpacking Muscles
Build trail-ready legs and pack-ready shoulders with these at-home exercises.
Dirtbag/Gourmet Nutty Soups
Peanut butter gives these stews a last-all-day fuel and flavor boost.
Gear School: Four-Season Tents
Want to get out more this winter? Learn the ins and outs of cold-weather shelters.
Rip & Live: Lost
Build a shelter, signal for help, and get found with this survival cheat sheet.
Case Study: Wilderness Wander
Learn from a solo hiker who battled despair and dehydration on a six-day epic.
Every backpacker dreams of solitude, serenity, and trekking the wilderness with utter self-reliance. But fear of running into trouble prevents most from venturing into the backcountry alone. Learn from hikers who have covered hundreds of solitary trail miles, with 25 strategies for route planning, staying safe, lightening your load, and getting the most out of an adventure on your own. By Kristy Holland
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