Lucky you: BACKPACKER's January issue is now free and online for all to enjoy. But don't thank us—give yourselves a big pat on the back, because January was our Reader's Choice issue, featuring some of the greatest skills, trips, gear recommendations, photos, and essays from BACKPACKER readers everywhere.
We combed through over 700 shots to find the finalists for our Reader Photo Contest. Even the outtakes were awesome—see 'em in this slideshow.
You also shared your top trips for the entire country by region. Check out your favorite hikes in the Northwest, Mountain West, West Coast, Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast.
You also wrote about your wackiest, wildest adventures in Reader Essay collection of real-life hiking stories, and shared 39 of your best skills tips and Tastiest recipes.
Also, witness the debut of our Reader Tester Team as they review top weekend backpacks & ultralight sleeping bags.
Check out all of January's Reader's Choice issue right here.