It's that time, kids: BACKPACKER's June issue is online in its entirety, ready to have its pages virtually thumbed, earmarked, ripped out, and sent to friends and family. It comes not a moment too soon: If you have yet to make plans for the July 4 weekend, we've got over 18 adventures for you to choose from, ranging from life-list classics (Grand Teton National Park) to best-kept secrets (hiking up and paddling down Oregon's Rogue River).
To make sure the fireworks last well beyond the weekend, our iHike guide will show you how to take advantage of all the latest tech tools, from taking photos and video to using the latest software to edit and share it with everyone you know. We'll even show you how to integrate Google Earth and other GPS tools to custom-create your ideal hike. And in case you just want to get out and go, we've profiled four massive tech-friendly hikes just waiting for your bootprints.
BACKPACKER's June issue also features stories covering competition and intrigue on the CDT, paddling in the resurrected Channel Islands, and a perfect vacation on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Meanwhile, our irascible gearheads tackle the best in all-terrain boots and light-is-right climbing gear.
Get at it, ladies and gentlemen.
— Ted Alvarez