September 2014 - Table of Contents

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September 2014 Cover of Backpacker Magazine
Arrigetch Creek Gates of the Arctic Wilderness, Alaska

American wilderness is an exercise in enormity. And by going there, and living on the land’s terms, we open ourselves to a primal sort of awe. Nowhere is this more true than in Alaska, home to 57 million acres of designated wilderness (half the country’s total), much of it accessible only by plane or boat. This valley, beneath the granite spires of horned, 7,181-foot Caliban, lies 9 miles from the Alatna River above the Arctic Circle. Access is via bush plane from Bettles; set up basecamp beneath the Arrigetch Peaks and explore. Go in August for the best weather. This trip is once-in-a-lifetime, and the rewards are pristine landscapes busy with grizzlies, musk ox, caribou, wolves—and not much else. You’ll never ask yourself if the trip was worth it. Info nps.gov/gaar. Photo by - Patrick Endres

American Wild: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act

image of David Snider

Photo by Carlton Canary

Out Alive: Lost and Blind

photo of two campmates at Mirror Lake Oregon

Photo School: Take Warm Camp Candids

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Saved by 10 Feet of Paracord

an image of tapas on a black stone.

Trail Chef: Go Stove Free

forage your dinner

Forage for Your Food

Universal Edibility Test

Wildlife Hot Spots in America

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Photo by IStock-Grafissimo

Backcountry First Aid Cheat Sheet

image a moose in colorado by andrew bydlon

Photo by Andrew Bydlon

How To See More Wildlife

image of the ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 tent

Photo by Andrew Bydlon

6 Affordable Two-Person, Three-Season Tents

image of an alligator on a log by Greg Guirard

Canoeing Your Way Through Cajun Country

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Photo by Google Earth

Pharaoh Lake Loop Hike in New York

image of a grizzly bear Photo by Tom & Pat Leeson

Photo by Tom & Pat Leeson

Hiking in Glacier National Park, Montana

image of hetch hetchy trail and wapama falls by joe braun

Hiking in Tiltill Valley, California

image of four c trail in texas by vicki chu

Hike the Four C Trail in Texas