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Go the Distance: Physical Endurance

Prepare your body for the rigors of hiking long distances.

Backcountry Beans

Beans are a healthy, versatile addition to virtually any camp meal. Try one of our favorite recipes on your next outing—or even for dinner tonight.

BACKPACKER Trail Chef Skills & Recipe Center

Chef Jennifer Bowen spent nine seasons as a cook for trail crews in Yosemite National Park and other Sierra hot spots. Now she brings her mad skills to us as BACKPACKER's Trail Chef. Got a question for her? Email trailchef@backpacker.com.

How to Prevent Blisters

Keep your feet happy with these key tips.

Down vs. Synthetic Insulation

What fill is right for you? Here's how to choose.

How to Load a Pack

Stay comfortable on the trail with the ABCDs of packing.

Water (Treatment) Wars

Is an ultraviolet light, like a SteriPen, better for treating filtered water than iodine tablets?

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Sipping on Snow

If you melt snow for drinking water in the winter, do you need to boil it for purification?

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Tugging at ticks

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