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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Hiking's Best Season: Fall

34 tips for ensuring comfort as you prep at home, hit the trail, and camp in the fall months.

by: Jason Stevenson

Illustration by Supercorn
Illustration by Supercorn

No bugs. Low humidity. Zero crowds. Autumn colors. Make a few easy adjustments to your warm-weather hiking routine and you can enjoy the perks of fall without splurging on new gear. Here are 34 tips for ensuring comfort as you prep at home, hit the trail, and camp.

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Cal 20 Sailor
Oct 31, 2011

Aww, shucks...you let the cat out of the bag... "Septober" is my favorite time of year for all the reasons stated by Backpacker. Road-trips and backpacking trips are gloriously uncrowded, the weather is the best of the year, and the colors, sounds and smells are wonderful. Just watch out for hunters and dress in brighter colors so they don't mistake you for a deer or elk or whatever...

LaDonna Ishida
Oct 24, 2011

God bless you for honoring your parents by caring for them...the photo is beautiful...isn't it wonderful to be out in Creation, just walking,sitting, observing...the ultimate healing, destressing environment!!

Jean Swann
Oct 21, 2011

Woo Hoo! I am SOOOO honored that Backpacker used my photo for their fall hiking email! This photo brings me such bittersweet memories! I shot it in 2008 in Springfield, TN, a month after Mom died. I was totally stressed out from staying with her in the hospital, dealing with the funeral, taking care of Dad, and trying to get him into the assisted living home. He required round-the-clock assistance, and it took a month to get him a room in the assisted living facility. Once we got him moved in, I took a few hours off to de-stress and drive around Robertson County, shooting some photos of the beautiful fall foliage. This little brook is just north of the county fairgrounds and flows into Sulfur Fork Creek near the Greenway Trail. Every time I look at the photo I almost physically feel the exhaustion, grief, stress, despair, and yet the beauty of the fall of 2008.

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