Most modern light hiking boots don’t need a long break-in period. Too bad the only way to know for sure is to try them. Start with something short, and save yourself from days of nasty blisters.
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The best gear in the world doesn't mean a thing if you don't know how to use it. Protect yourself from these 10 embarrassing—and occasionally painful—gear mishaps with a little help from the experts at BACKPACKER.
Every backpacker dreams of a glory job in the outdoors. Senior Editor Shannon Davis heads to Mt. Rainier--and a grueling tryout with premier guide operation RMI--to find out what it takes to make the grade.