Skills

Add to your outdoor wilderness skills arsenal with expert advice and survival tips from Backpacker Magazine. We cover it all, from pre-trip planning to backpacker-friendly recipes to how to raise backpacking kids and more!

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Intro to GPS Navigation

BACKPACKER’s Intro to GPS Navigation online course taught by expedition guide and polar explorer Eric Larsen, will give you all the information you need to set up, dial in, and navigate via any GPS device.

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Intro to GPS Navigation: Plan a Route at Home

BACKPACKER’s Intro to GPS Navigation online course taught by expedition guide and polar explorer Eric Larsen, will give you all the information you need to set up, dial in, and navigate via any GPS device.

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Intro to GPS Navigation: Sight and Go

BACKPACKER’s Intro to GPS Navigation online course taught by expedition guide and polar explorer Eric Larsen, will give you all the information you need to set up, dial in, and navigate via any GPS device.

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Intro to GPS Navigation: Measuring Distances

BACKPACKER’s Intro to GPS Navigation online course taught by expedition guide and polar explorer Eric Larsen, will give you all the information you need to set up, dial in, and navigate via any GPS device.

Essential Knots

Essential Knots

Skip ahead with BACKPACKER and the Colorado Mountain School, who will teach you how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker’s hitches, in our online video course.

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Essential Knots: Using Tarps

Skip ahead with BACKPACKER and the Colorado Mountain School, who will teach you how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker’s hitches, in our online video course.

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Essential Knots: Types of Rope

Learn how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker’s hitches, in our online video course.

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Essential Knots: Big Knots

Learn how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker's hitches, in our online video course.

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Essential Knots: How to Cut Rope

Learn how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker’s hitches, in our online video course.

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Essential Knots: How to Coil

Skip ahead with BACKPACKER and the Colorado Mountain School, who will teach you how to tie the most essential knots and hitches that you can use for nearly any outdoor situation, from bowlines and square knots to girth and trucker’s hitches, in our online video course.

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Find Your Perfect Long Trail Pace

Hike with efficiency, speed, and intention, and you’re sure to accomplish your thru-hiking goals. Here’s how to plan your pace and fight lollygagging tendencies to reach the terminus before winter does.