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Research your route
Learn the ropes
If you’re new to hiking, visit backpacker.com/backpacking101 for expert tips.
Get in gear
Check stoves, filters, and other equipment, break in boots, and ramp up your trail mileage 3 to 6 months before any big trip.
Nail the details
Can you buy fuel nearby? Which campsites are least crowded? Do you need a 4WD vehicle if it rains? Query local gear shops and park rangers to avoid logistical headaches.