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Summer Fitness Special: Hike Stronger, Live Longer

Achieve peak performance on the trail with our complete guide to training and eating like a backpacker.
Backpacker_Magazine_Train_smarterPhoto by Scott Markewitz

Train Smarter
Get trail-fit in six weeks with this simple exercise plan.

Eat Better
Want to hike farther, explore tougher terrain, and carry big loads without bonking? Physical fitness is only part of the equation. To achieve your biggest backcountry goals, you have to change how you eat.

Climb Higher
With the right preparation–and a little help from a half-dozen friends, two exotic techno-gadgets, and one very sweaty hypoxic chamber–can a sea-level-dwelling rookie climb the highest peak in Colorado?

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