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Skills: General Skills Stories

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The Hiker's Handbook

Hike smarter with 110 tips on trail and camp comfort, navigation, gear prep, and more.

Hike Like a Pro

How do you get good at hiking? Hike a lot. And we haven't met anyone who's logged more miles than Cam Honan.

Make a Duct-Tape-Beer-Can Visor

Nice job. You've forgotten your sunglasses and your hat. Lucky you thought ahead and brought duct tape and beer. Here's how to put them to use to keep the sun out of your eyes.

Hike Smarter: 4 Ways to Camp in Comfort

Lean how to set up bear bags and a cozy camp. Also, how to protect yourself from wind and eat right.

Hike Smarter: 7 Ways to Fix and Maintain Gear

How to fix zippers, wash a sleeping bag correctly, waterproofing and make boots last.

Hike Smarter: 4 Ways to Climb higher

Learn how to acclimate to higher elevation, descend safely, use crampons, and self-belay.

Hike Smarter: 4 Ways to Hike right

Learn how to stay dry in a storm, navigate without a compass, and walk right.

Gear School

Watch and learn. Use our how-to series of 25 videos to help you pack and prepare for your next trip.

Readers' Choice 2014: Skills: Family Camping

Outfit and outline your next kid-friendly hiking trip.

Readers' Choice 2014: Skills - Photography

One reader learns how to make the most of his backcountry shots.

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