Ready to take the leap from car camping and day hikes to overnight backpacking? Feel prepared for your first multi-day backcountry adventure with advice from our trail experts written specifically with the new backpacker in mind. We'll teach you the beginner skills you need to plan your trip, pack appropriately, navigate the trail, hike with kids, set up your campsite, poop in the woods and more.
Gear up for the United States' toughest long path with these expert picks.
An early-season snow sends a hiker into delicate territory.
A forgotten WAG bag leads to a smelly situation on Mt. Whitney.
Doing a number two outside can be a fraught topic for kids. But it doesn't have to be.
Expert advice from Hike It Baby's Jessica Carillo Allatore
Expert advice from Family Channel editor, Lisa Jhung
Expert advice from BACKPACKER Editor-in-Chief, Dennis Lewon
Experience begets skill—and blind spots, ruts, and inefficient routines. Just because you’ve taken to doing something one way doesn’t mean it’s the right way.
Want to avoid growing a science project in your water bottle or hydration bladder? We’ve got the cleaning tips and tricks to keep them squeaky clean
Tomatoes: tasty food, lousy fireworks.