Backpacker’s 4th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
You spoke, we listened, and here are the results: From big-city escapes to quit-your-job-now dream trips, BACKPACKER readers have chosen their favorite parks, peaks, and trails.
The Source of All Things
What if your favorite place in the world was remote, beautiful, and ground zero for your greatest strengths and your deepest fears? The author and her father trek into Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains to confront a tragedy that’s haunted them for decades. By Tracy Ross
365 Days of Adventure: Life List 2008
We mapped out exactly how to pull off 47 must-do trips, a dozen perfectly timed parties, 15 amazing flora and fauna spectacles, and one day of naked hiking. Why? So you can enjoy your best outdoor year ever. Go on, ditch your desk planner–and use our adventure almanac to line up an epic 2008. By Kelly Bastone
The Backpacker Interview: From Jail to Trail
Only one thing kept Dan Moseman sane while he was locked behind bars in San Quentin: the view from the prison courtyard of San Francisco’s Mt. Tamalpais. When he got out, ony one thing kept him free: hiking up it. By Bob Cooper
Magnifique: Discover France’s Maritime Alps
Can’t decide between the mountains and the Mediterranean? Get the best of both in France’s Maritime Alps.
Explore the Grand Canyon In Under 10 Hours
In the debut of this new reader-requested column, we cover the top three routes in the big ditch for quick and dawn-to-dusk treks.
Top 3 Winter Hut Trips
If you love winter–but not snow camping–check into one of these cozy backcountry cabins.
Find the Tallest Waterfall in the U.S.
A mystery solved–and controversy revealed.
Trip Finder: 2-4 Day Warm-Weather Hikes
Pack the sunblock for balmy treks in Hawaii, Texas, and Florida.
Best Damn Weekend Ever: Hike Montana’s Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
Track the sun on these 2-4 day trips in the Southeast, Southwest, and Hawaii
Life List: Climb New York’s Highest Peak
Add Adirondack State Park’s 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy to your life list.
How to Thru-Hike L.A. County
Thru-hike L.A. County? It can be done with Southern California’s Backbone Trail.
Preserving Ancient Artifacts
Become an archaeologist on the weekends and help the National Forest Service
Phenomenon: Battle Quicksand With Quick Thinking
How it forms, how to spot it, and how to get out.
How to See More Snowshoe Hares
They’re fast and very white. Here’s how to spot one.
Find a Hiking Partner
Keen on birds, peak bagging, or wildflowers? Here’s how to join hikers who share your passions.
How to Avoid Sudden Thaws
Warming temps can wreak havoc on snow-packed adventures. Learn the conditions and warning signs that can cause a dangerous, sudden thaw.
Motivate With a Fitness Challenge
Whether it’s a “Birthday Challenge” or a peak that needs climbing, choosing a specific fitness challenge will help you stay motivated to get out more.
Smash Your Fitness Barriers With Heart-Rate Training
Become a better hiker. Build speed, endurance, and strength all through heart-rate training.
How to Prevent Blisters
Sweaty feet, thick socks, and sturdy boots are a blister cauldron. Learn four easy ways to keep your feel clean, dry, and blister free.
GPS 201: Using Advanced Navigational Tools
Don’t be daunted by a thick owner’s manual. Unlocking your unit’s advanced navigational tools is easier than you think.
Food: Curry in a Hurry
Four flavorful meals that also ease sore muscles.
Flavor In a Flash: Ultralight Spice Kit
Enhance bland backpacking food with an ultralight spice kit including everything from curry to soy sauce.
How to Keep Your Food Warm In Camp
3 simple heat shields to keep your meals toasty in the backcountry
Pack Fast, Pack Right
Organization and preparation will make your next overnight or day-hike packing session easy. Below, the Backpacker editors showcase their mistakes for your benefit.
How to Survive Getting Lost In a Whiteout
Don’t forge ahead when faced with whiteout conditions.
Make Your Sleeping Bag Warmer
8 easy ways to fortify your sleeping bag to stay warm all night
Three’s Not a Crowd: Backpacker Tests 3-Person Tents
These lightweight tents can house three campers in comfort or two in splendor.
4 Top Daypacks
Load haulers for light and fast adventures
Backpacker Gear Test
Backpacker testers try out Big Agnes’ Mountain Booties, Hot Chilly’s Micro Elite Chamois Zip T, Fenix LOD, White Sierra Sierra Tek Jacket
Women’s Gear Test: Outdoor Research Motiva Pants
The Backpacker gear ladies try out these OR pants in a variety of winter conditions.
Green Guide: How to Recycle Spent Fuel Canisters
Different cities have different rules for recycling your used fuel canisters