A first-hand account of an alligator attack in Florida.
Can our scout coax his feline friend into becoming a true trail companion?
With the summer high season wrapping up, a variety of national parks are lifting reservation requirements for a while.
As hikers, we spend a lot of time in nature. Impress your hiking partners with these answers to commonly asked questions.
The body does weird stuff on the trail. We rounded up the experts to answer our burning questions about hiker physiology.
Are women's sleeping bags really warmer than men's? How long can I keep a down sleeping bag stuffed before it's ruined?
You can't dry out alcohol (yet), but you can cut weight without cutting flavor by sticking all the other ingredients for this backcountry old-fashioned in a dehydrator.
A home dehydrator might be the handiest kitchen tool you never knew you needed. Upgrade your backcountry cooking with these drying (and rehydrating) tips.
2022 Summer Gear Guide
We reviewed 341 pieces of gear. But these ones stood above.
Reality check: Hitting the gym is the quickest way to hike farther, easier, faster, and pain-free. Get into a routine—or take yours to the next level—with these smart workouts for three different levels.
The Best Hikes
Lace up your boots for a hiking destination that includes Rocky Mountain vistas, alpine lakes, wind-swept sand dunes, and memorable urban parks.
Make sure you never get lost again by mastering the underappreciated art of navigating with a compass and map.
Feast-making cookware that won’t slow you down
The Narrows at Zion National Park offers an incredible adventure in America's most amazing slot canyons. Here's how to safely explore them.
Nature can be brutal. Learn how to to deal with wounds from all kinds of thorns, spines, splinters, shards, quills, needles, and anything else that might get under your skin when you’re on the trail.
Hike some of the East Coast's wildest wilderness on the AT.
Find shelter from the storm with these excellent backpacking tents.
Benton MacKaye's original proposal for the Appalachian Trail came out 100 years ago. While the trail may have changed, the appeal hasn't.
Have a tale from the AT? We want you to give us a call—literally.
From Grandma Gatewood‘s walk to Bill Bryson‘s misadventures to the Instagram hiking heroes of today, some of backpacking’s most compelling stories have originated on the Appalachian Trail. Whether it’s for 3 months or a weekend, everyone who sets foot on this path has their own tale: a bear encounter, a spectacular sunrise, or an unforgettable night with a shelter full of new friends. Now, Backpacker wants to help you tell yours. All you need to do is leave us a message.
This season, we’re highlighting ordinary AT hikers’ extraordinary stories. Here’s how it works: give us a call at 303-253-6424 and leave us a message with your name and a story from your section hike or thru-hike. Anything is fair game: we’re looking for your best moments, your worst moments, a story about your tramily, your favorite summit, an experience that got your pulse pounding, a tale about the friendly space alien you met along the way, or just how the trail has changed your perspective. We’ll pick our favorites and feature them on our Instagram and Facebook accounts for everyone to enjoy. Our only requirement: that it’s out of this world.
Tell us your Appalachian Trail story at 303-253-6424
Where will you share these stories?
We’ll share our favorite stories from A.T. Phone Home on Instagram and Facebook, and may also feature them on our site, podcasts, and other social media platforms.