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We asked readers to pitch us their ultimate backcountry quests. Then, for six lucky winners and their guests, we made dreams come true. See where they went and what they learned—and how you can follow in their footsteps.
These photos are proof that BACKPACKER readers hike to stunning places.
Forget Everest. The year’s best mountaineering feat happened on Mt. Whitney. Learn how 60 BACKPACKER readers raised more than $250,000 to help introduce teens to the wilderness.
We helped six young readers get started in the outdoor industry.
Your Favorite Hikes
Who knows their local trails best? You. We recruited 38 regional experts to share their top trips from coast to coast.
Peaks, coast, glaciers, lakes. These standout hikes have them all.
Go high on these alpine routes in the Rockies.
Explore canyon country on these 10 reader picks.
Find solitude at Isle Royale NP and 9 other spots.
See endless views of rolling mountaintops.
Discover waterfalls, beaches, and multisport adventure.
Our test team rates a durable ultralight pack, a versatile four-season tent, go-anywhere boots, and more. Plus: your Hall of Fame picks, and readers vote on their favorite brands.