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The Cocaine Bear Trailer Is Wild. The Real Story Is Weirder and Sadder.

Cocaine Bear's first trailer shows a bloodthirsty, intoxicated bruin rampaging through the forest. But how much of the based-on-a-true-story movie is real?


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The Best Hiking Workouts for Every Fitness Level

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

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The Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

Full of rock scrambles, cactus clusters, and desert views for days, Joshua Tree National Park is the southwest at its finest.

Backpacking Skills

Gear Round-Ups

Trail Guides

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Zion Narrows

The Narrows at Zion National Park offers an incredible adventure in America's most amazing slot canyons. Here's how to safely explore them.

Survival Skills

How to Remove and Treat Thorns, Splinters, and Other Prick Wounds

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.

Classic Destinations

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The Easiest 14ers in Colorado

If you're new to Colorado's 14ers or simply looking for a day hike into the clouds, try these (relatively) easy adventures on Colorado's tallest mountains.

Backpacking Gear

Long Trails


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Gaia GPS

Get off the beaten path, and stay found.

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Discover the best trails in the world.

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Outside TV

Unlock 600+ hours of ad-free films and series.

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Unlock 15+ outdoor publications all in one app.



Out Alive Podcast

Out Alive

Real people who survived the unsurvivable


Impossible Odds

Impossible Odds

Two friends, 8,000 trail miles, one year

Featured Story

The Best Places to Hike in 2023

This is the year to dream big. With the world's last destinations finally reopening to visitors, now's the time to plan a life-list hike that you'll never forget. Even better: Backpacker's done the work for you.

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