Shorter days are no problem with these night hiking tips.
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Some advice doesn’t age well. It’s time for an upgrade.
Beginner hikers often overpack and overprepare. But as Maggie Slepian learned the hard way, experienced hikers have their own special way of messing up.
Thru-hiking is for everyone—but if you really want to build your life around the trail, some careers make it easier than others.
Everything you need to find a last-minute backpacking adventure before the leaves turn and the air turns frosty.
Backpacking really isn’t that complicated. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Bad weather. A heavy pack. Blisters. Bears. Hazards big and small can sabotage any trip. Avoid common mistakes with these 100 tips and tricks for planning, hiking, and camping, and make your first—or next—trek problem-free.
Snakes and heat shouldn't keep your little one locked inside all summer. Here's how to keep them safe in the backcountry.
If you haven’t snagged a reservation to the growing list of timed-entry parks, it might seem like a trip there this summer is out of the cards. But fret not—we found some legal ways to visit.
The 4 Ways to Feed Yourself on a Thru-Hike: Gas Stations, Mail Drops, Dehydrators, and Dealer’s Choice
Whether you're a Mountain House fanatic or dehydrate your entire menu yourself—here's how to keep your energy levels stable on trail.
Most thru-hikers are careful about LNT rules—but a few scofflaws can make us all look bad.
We talked to Leave No Trace about the best ways to bushwhack.
Perfect your camping setup with these tips.
Can science—and a fine-tuned gear setup—help you sleep better? Let's give it a try.
Stay fresh, whether you’re out for a few miles or a few thousand.
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with the most popular columns from thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas.
Harness the power of observation and the fundamentals of meteorology to make short-term forecasts on your next hike.
Master the art of layering to keep comfy all winter.
It’s February, which means you’d better start reserving campsites for August now. We have a few tips for you.
Through thick and thin, health and injury, long slogs and zero days, your trail family will be there for you.
Don't let your water bottle turn into ice on the trail. Keep it flowing with these tips.
Stay upright no matter how icy or snowy the trail conditions get this winter. The key: carefully select what you're wearing on your feet.
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In 5 months, a new class of thru-hikers will start the trip of a lifetime. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you should start doing now.
Rushing rivers pose one of the backcountry’s biggest threats. Do you know how to cross safely—or when it’s best to not cross at all?
One hiker reflects on the backpacking lessons she learned during a particularly memorable first overnight.
And how to tell if a polar bear is aggressive or just passing through the area.
With a little ingenuity, one hiker improvises shelter.
We've made the mistakes so you don't have to.
Winter camping is super rewarding, but convincing others to join you isn't always easy. It's best to have a few tricks.
The trail is your happy place. Here's how you can keep it that way for others, too.
Backcountry Foodie’s Aaron Owens Mayhew explains what you should eat and when to best suit your individual body and hiking needs.
Knowing how to identify these five common venomous snakes, found across the United States, can save you stress on the trail.
Insomnia can stop you from enjoying a trip to the fullest. Fight it with this advice.
If first trips have something in common, it’s that they go sideways pretty often. Here are a few important lessons readers and editors have learned along the way.
Ready to spend your first night out but don’t know where to start? We've got you covered.
Backpacking is some of the best medicine for stress. Learning self-massage will give you an extra tool to help you leave your worries behind.
We already know that backpacking is better for the planet than other forms of travel. But how much better, exactly? And can we make hiking even greener?
Some destinations may still be closed to US travelers, but that just means you have more time to plot out the perfect trek. Start planning now for the hike of a lifetime.
In a pinch, they can can keep you going—but only if we all do our part.
Buy, ship, or check hiker boxes and just hope for the best? Here's how to keep your stove running on your thru-hike.
These crunchy, easy-to-prepare side dishes will make your hiking buddies green with envy.