November 2014 - Table of Contents

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Backpacker Cover November 2014
A colorful gompa (monastery) in the village of Shyo. (Rob Raker)

Hike Nepal’s Perfect Circuit

Big handholds and beginner-friendly safety gear make via ferratas like the Brigata Tridentina accessible to trekkers of all skill levels. (Patitucciphoto)

Big handholds and beginner-friendly safety gear make via ferratas like the Brigata Tridentina accessible to trekkers of all skill levels. (Patitucciphoto)

Jordan camel chewing plants by Will Rochfort

Jordan Adventure: Trek to Petra

Dog sled team photo by Eric Lindberg

Mush: Dogsledding

Eureka Dunes Dusk (Photo by Brauer/GTPhoto)

17 Things Every Hiker Should Know about Death Valley National Park

Jonathan Rand (left) and Jeff Ruhle enjoy the sights on New Zealand's Routeburn Track. (Rachel Zurer)

New Zealand’s Routeburn Track is an Epic Made Easy

A stand of Lombardy poplars fringes the edge of Lago Cisnes (Swan Lake) near park HQ. (Photo by Linde Waidhofer)

Fresh Tracks in Chile: A First Look at Patagonia Park

Black Diamond Jetforce Inflated (Courtesy Photo)

A backcountry airbag that you can actually practice using. Read full review. (Courtesy Photo)

2014 Editors’ Choice Snow Awards

On downhills in soft snow, take big, plunging steps. (Photo by Rich Wheater)

On downhills in soft snow, take big, plunging steps. (Photo by Rich Wheater)

Snowshoe Like a Pro

backcountry desserts Blueberry Cobbler (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)

Decadent Desserts

PHOTO SPOT: Crater Lake, OR* SPECS: F/2.8, 30 sec, ISO 3200, 14MM Focal Length Tools: Headlamp, Tripod (Photo by Shane Black)

SPOT: Crater Lake, OR* SPECS: F/2.8, 30 sec, ISO 3200, 14MM Focal Length Tools: Headlamp, Tripod (Photo by Shane Black)

Photograph Your Tent at Night

Greg Hein (Photo by Michael Darter)

Greg Hein (Photo by Michael Darter)

Out Alive: With a Compound Fracture

Red swiss army multitool on black background (Ben Fullerton)

Saved By: A Multitool

Illustration by Jacob Thomas

Illustration by Jacob Thomas

Pass/Fail: Build an Igloo

+ Winter Camping Tips