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!
Is there a trickier piece of gear to buy than hiking boots? Pick the wrong shoes, and you could find them rubbing you raw deep in the wilderness. Avoid common footwear-buying mistakes and find your perfect pair with our buyer’s guide.
For versatility and affordability, nothing beats a tarp. With an 8-by-10-foot piece of nylon, some paracord, stakes, a trekking pole, and a little ingenuity, you can make a shelter to withstand any weather.