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.
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.
Make the most of every outing by knowing what your kids can and can’t do.
How to find the right camp for your kids—and how to know if they're ready.
Gear up for the United States' toughest long path with these expert picks.
First of all, should you?
Yes, hiking is wonderful and nature is grand. But when you’re walking for months at a time, you will eventually get bored. Our thru-hiker explains how to deal with trail fatigue.
Thru-hiking a long trail is hard enough without constantly second-guessing yourself along the way. Our writer shares her strategies for banishing worries before and during your hike.
Bringing the wrong kind of clothes or food is a quick ticket to a hefty pack—but don’t go too far.
A hiker's conservation sin leaves him lost.
You spend your weekends in the wilderness. For these professionals, it's a living.