There are two ways to learn backpacking skills: 1) The hard way–in which you find out what a rattlesnake looks like when it's about to sink its fangs into your ankle; and 2) the easy way–in which you learn from others' mistakes.
That's what we're here for. Pitching a tent in hurricane-force winds? We've done it. Losing dinner to a pack of hungry raccoons? Ditto. Spending an hour desperately trying to get a fire started? Check. Leave trial-and-error for the fun skills, like perfecting your margarita recipe. When it comes to essential wilderness techniques, we'll show you how to do it right. The best part: There's no test. Until you encounter that rattlesnake, of course.
- Hiking: From navigation to staying dry to predicting the weather, our primer will have you dialed.
- Packing & Planning: We'll show you how to be ready in 20 minutes, guaranteed.
- Camping: Find water anywhere, make a fire in five minutes, secrets for battling mosquitoes and more.
- Gear: Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.
- First Aid & Health: Close a wound, remove a tick, prevent poison ivy rash, and more essential tips.
- Cooking: Eat like a pro with our recipes for every course.