How to Packraft Your Way to Multisport Adventure
Can a group of novice packrafters make it out of Canyonlands in one piece?
Add to your outdoor wilderness skills arsenal with expert advice and survival tips from Backpacker Magazine. We cover it all: how to get in shape for hiking, pre-trip planning, backpacker-friendly recipes, how to raise backpacking kids and more!
Can a group of novice packrafters make it out of Canyonlands in one piece?
Keep your feet snug and comfortable with these step-by-step directions for common hiking boot lacing techniques.
Don't let a busted jacket, tent, or pack ruin your trip. Follow these steps to get your zipper working like new.
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.
From the bowline to the backpacker's hitch, learn how to tie the perfect loop knot for your next backcountry camp setup.
The most hardcore ultralighters spend years perfecting their packs—but you can slash your pack weight today with just a little effort.
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.
Are you a flatlander headed for the mountains? Follow these tips from altitude expert Dr. Pete Clark to stay healthy on your next high-elevation trip.
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.
Say goodbye to those irritating red rashes with these tips.
Feeling calf pain with every step? Take these measures so you can crush hills without crushing your calves.
Hiking isn’t just walking in the woods. It requires strength and balance. Here’s how to get ready for trekking, from easy day hikes to the longest thru-hikes in the world.
Harness the power of observation and the fundamentals of meteorology to make short-term forecasts on your next hike.
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.
Eliminate grime and odors and restore loft to your favorite puffy.
Don't let muck stop you from hitting the trails this spring.
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.
It sounds ridiculous, but some backpackers swear they sleep warmer when they slide into their sleeping bags in the buff. We get to the naked truth of it.
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.
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.
Heading into the backcountry often means skiing crummy snow. Charge through the chunder without breaking a sweat.
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.
All you need is a pair of dumbbells to prepare your quads, glutes, hamstrings, back, shoulders, and core for ski touring this winter.
It’s February, which means you’d better start reserving campsites for August now. We have a few tips for you.
Whether you want to hike 25 miles in a day or simply focus on the scenery and not your sore legs, getting fit before you hit the trail will improve your every step. We asked the pros how to get healthy—and stay that way.
All calories are not created equal. Learn the right way to fuel your big-mile ambitions.
Reality check: Hitting the gym is the quickest way to hike farther, easier, faster, and pain-free. Get into a routine—or take yours to the next level—with these smart workouts for three different levels.
To reach the best places in the backcountry, you have to rely on your own two feet.
Oxygen feeds your muscles. Manage your heart rate and breathing and you can hike (almost) forever.
Recruit your arms to overcome terrain challenges or just give the legs a break.
The muscles of your torso and back work hard to carry the load comfortably mile after mile.
Protein helps your body maintain muscle mass, prevents next-day soreness, and sustains energy. Pack it in with these filling, recovery-boosting recipes.
Training the calves can reap huge benefits for knee and ankle health. These three calf exercises will help keep your lower body injury-free.
Sculptural rock formations and otherworldly passageways await when you descend below the rim. Here’s how to do so safely.
From location to decoration and everything in between, these tips will make your campsite the most tricked-out on the mountain.
In the backcountry, a rolled ankle can spell trouble. Learn how to tell minor sprains from major injuries and what to do if you’re hurt.
Looking to climb some glaciated peaks this winter? These snow anchors will keep your rope team secure above drops or high-angled slopes.
From Gouda to good old string cheese, we tested 20 types to find the trail-worthiest.
Gauge your cardiovascular fitness to hone in on your training goals.
Many of the skills involved with long hiking also lend themselves to going faster on trails.
Through thick and thin, health and injury, long slogs and zero days, your trail family will be there for you.
No workout can mimic the challenge of a thru-hike, but you can minimize initial soreness—and the risk of injury—by smart training. Start a fitness program at least eight weeks before your hike.
It’s not all in the legs. Strengthen your upper body to boost your balance and better control your poles and pack on rough terrain.
Whether you want gas station-fast or cafe-gourmet, there's a way to do it right.
If you feel knee pain while hiking, don't ignore it. With these tips from a physical therapist, you can remedy and prevent injury.
Burning fuel in confined spaces can lead to lethal carbon monoxide poisoning.
This tempo workout strengthens your tendons and ligaments while creating long-lasting muscle endurance for injury-free hiking in season.
Winter is the perfect time to learn how to track animals. Get started with these tips.
Don't let your water bottle turn into ice on the trail. Keep it flowing with these tips.
An expert personal trainer shares tips on a post-hike recovery regimen that'll keep your trail legs strong.
Tasty enough for food bloggers, but portable enough for the trail: These homemade hiking snacks will quickly replace any pre-packaged bars from the store.
We collected all of your burning questions and consulted our field experts on everything from winter gear to screaming barfies to hibernation.
Secure permits before they sell out, convince your boss to give you time off work, make a foolproof meal plan, and more.
Wow your friends with this campfire cooking trick.
Many backpackers depend on their phones as cameras, GPS devices, e-readers, and more. Keep yours running for longer with this advice.
Sunny, warm days can actually be bitterly cold. The culprit? Wind chill. Here's how to calculate real-feel temps for windy hikes.
Get a headstart with these workouts that hit every major muscle group.
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.
Hiking isn’t just for the young. Take care of yourself and your body, and you can spend the rest of your life on the trail. It helps to have a plan: Avoid injuries and stay strong with this age-group-by-age-group guide to trail fitness.
Build your fitness foundation with this essential physiological info, tips on eating right and exercises for staying in prime hiking shape.
Get trail-fit fast! This 4-week program was designed specifically for hikers by trainers Melissa Racouillat of San Francisco's Stone Clinic and Darren Flagg of Boulder's Animal Strength Human Performance Lab.
Use these proven exercises to get in the best hiking shape of your life.
Hike your way through your golden years with these specially-crafted fitness tips.
Get into the winter spirit with 11 custom recipes for the most classic backpacking dessert.
Get ready for the long fitness haul with these skills, workouts, and essential info.
Don't get stuck in the mud. Learn to evaluate road hazards, overcome obstacles, and navigate the unpaved passages between your front door and your next adventure.
It's like the old saying goes: there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Get ready for whatever nature throws at you with this guide to layering strategy.
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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.
More than half of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers reported dealing with a bout diarrhea along the trail. Here's what you need to know to avoid the trots.
Can't sleep? Fight back with these six tips.