You don’t need to “get in shape” to enjoy hiking season. Here’s how to savor it from the start.
Not satisfied with stopping at the river’s edge? Unlock new wilderness with this lightweight waterfaring setup.
Yes, it's time-consuming and expensive. But you don't want to be unprepared when a wilderness emergency strikes.
No, you don't have to hang up your pack for good. Recovery is possible, but here's what you have to prioritize before hitting the trails.
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.
Irrigation is the most important step you can take to prevent a cut from going south.
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.
Prep for this no-mess treat is more complicated than boiling water—barely.
Get to know your rainbows from your double rainbows from your moonbows.
It’s not just a bag. It’s a lifetime’s worth of beauty sleep. Learn what features you need, shop accordingly, and keep your bag in good repair, and it’ll keep you sleeping soundly.
Home is where you stake it out. Understand the ins and outs, pick the right shelter, and treat it like you would your bedroom.
Footwear tech is more complicated than it looks. Maximize your mileage by learning how to pick the right boots and make them last.
Can science—and a fine-tuned gear setup—help you sleep better? Let's give it a try.
The easiest way to lighten your pack isn’t to buy new gear, but to leave a few things you already have behind.
You don’t have to learn the hard way, because we already did.
Being alone in the wilderness doesn't have to be frightening. With these tips, you can fine-tune your mind for an empowering solo journey.
For how dangerous the backcountry can be, it's sometimes the smallest accidents that become the biggest injuries. Stay safe with these tips.
From weight changes to growing feet, hiking 2,000 miles can have a big impact on you physically.
No dehydrator? No problem. Jury-rig your oven to make this tangy, smoky snack at home.
Those familiar aches that arise from hauling a heavy pack can force you into bad posture and take all the fun out of hiking. Fight load fatigue by strengthening the muscles that surround your spine, hips, and shoulders
Stay fresh, whether you’re out for a few miles or a few thousand.
Dogs who stay active live longer—and there’s no better way to stay active than hiking. Keep your pooch on the trail with a lot of love, and a little veterinary help.
Noodles in the morning? Trust us on this one.
Knowing how to help a scared hiking partner is as important as knowing how to tape an ankle.
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with the most popular columns from thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas.
Capture beautiful nightscapes without investing in a new camera with these expert tips on how to photograph starry skies, meteor showers, the Milky Way, and beyond.
Harness the power of observation and the fundamentals of meteorology to make short-term forecasts on your next hike.
Make sure you never get lost again by mastering the underappreciated art of navigating with a compass and map.
Tired of red, stinging blisters three miles into every ten-mile trek? Us too. That’s why we’ve brought together the best blister prevention tips and tricks for keeping you and your feet happy on any trip.
Squats and step-ups aren't targeting your entire gluteus. These three exercises are your key to complete glute strength.
Fend off aches and pains with these hiker-specific exercises.
Learn what you need to stay fueled and happy for every trip with performance nutrition advice from our expert personal trainer.
Just how much pack weight can one hiker cut? Our editor performs a far-out experiment in minimalism.
If your hands and fingers swell up while hiking, don't worry. This common hiking ailment has several potential causes and easy fixes.
Master the art of layering to keep comfy all winter.
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These hiking mistakes are as common as can be—but there's no excuse for making them.
Go further, ride better, and have more fun by using science to optimize your cold-weather fueling strategy.
Everything you need for your first backcountry tour, including finding the best gear, assembling your dream team, and finding your focus.
Like the backcountry in the summer? You'll love it in the winter. Take your first steps into the world of backcountry skiing the safe and fun way with this advice from Backpacker.