Monthly Issue

March 2015 Table of Contents

Big Views, No Crowds; Made in the USA Gear


Features

America’s Best Loop Hikes
No turning back. Every view is fresh. Not a single step feels wasted. You’ll especially love the shuttle logistics (none). Here are North America’s 20 best loop hikes (including 10 don’t-miss classics).

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Homegrown Gear: Made in America Makes a Comeback.
More and more outdoor products are made in America. Here’s why you can expect the trend to continue—plus a few choice gear picks to look for. Bonus gallery: Made In The USA: The Best American Gear

Made in America:

Gone Hiking
Terminal cancer. What would you do if the doctor delivered the two scariest words in the English language? Andy Lyon went for a hike.

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Spatsizi: Canadian for “So Good, It Hurts”
Deep in the wilds of Northern British Columbia’s Spatsizi Wilderness Provincial Park, our scout proves there’s no joy like misery. 

aerial view of the roadless Klappan Range
You’ll catch this aerial view of the roadless Klappan Range on the flight to the Spatsizi Plateau. Photo by Carr Clifton.

Inside Nepal’s Deadly Blizzard
In October 2014, a severe blizzard struck Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit during peak trekking season. Hundreds of hikers were stranded and dozens died in one of the world’s worst hiking disasters. An eyewitness shares his tale.

In October 2014, hundreds of trekkers were caught in a deadly blizzard on the Annapurna Circuit
In October 2014, hundreds of trekkers were caught in a deadly blizzard on the Annapurna Circuit

Peru x 2
There’s nothing like seeing Peru’s iconic ruins by foot. But which path is right for you? Whether you want alpine scenery or total solitude, BACKPACKER photographer Andrew Bydlon scouted a route for you.

Peru - Salkantay Trek
Make time to climb Putucusi, a super-steep, 8,400-foot mountain that overlooks the Machu Picchu ruins. [photo: Andrew Bydlon]

Survival

Out Alive: Survive an Avalanche

Survive an Avalanche
Adam Herman survived in avalanche on Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire


Survival Mom: Can I Drink My Urine?

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Saved By: Wild Animals

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Skills

How to Get in Shape for Hiking

get in shape for hiking (photo by Michael Hanson)
(Photo by Michael Hanson)

6 Key Tips for Spring Trail Running

Making tracks on Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Rich Wheater
Making tracks on Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Rich Wheater

Pass/Fail: Hiking Off Trail

Pass/Fail: Navigate Off-Trail (Illustration by Jacob Thomas)
Illustration by Jacob Thomas


Photo School: Take Better Snow Scene Photos

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Trail Chef: Use Spice Blends to Improve your Trail Cooking

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Trips

The Go List: 23 places to hike this month
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