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Backpacking Skills for Beginners

Ready to take the leap from car camping and dayhikes to backpacking? Adhere to a few rules that make backpacking for beginners a smooth transition. Understand that in the backcountry, nature rules and will occasionally throw curveballs at you. Avoid backpacking alone for your first few trips and choose a destination not far from home. A short trip on a well-established trail is also a good option for beginners. Become familiar with your chosen backpacking trail beforehand and plan out how long you anticipate it will take you to complete the trek. A call to the ranger station can give insight into several things such as trail difficulty, current conditions, and/or gear needed to complete the trip successfully. Enjoy our articles and tips written specifically for the new backpacker.

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Beginner Skills

5 Tips for Buying Cheap Gear

By: Emelie Frojen

Great outdoor gear doesn't have to cost a mint. Follow these five easy tips to fill your closet without emptying your wallet.

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How to Backpack With a Toddler

By: Jeannie Whitlock

It’s messy, noisy, and twice the hassle of hiking by yourself. But take your toddler on the trail, and the memories will last you the rest of your life.

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