Spend your life on the trail, and one thing's for sure: You'll come away with plenty of hiking stories. From survival stories to personal essays to stories to adventure tales from the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, this is where you'll find backpacker's favorite yarns.
This week, BACKPACKER is putting the focus on the women of hiking. Guest editor Kassondra Cloos explains why that matters.
Hike the PCT or sail the Indian Ocean with these great (but sometimes cringe-inducing) flicks.
This duo melds their passion for music and the outdoors by bringing their instruments into the backcountry.
A childhood NOLS trip inspired Perry Cohen to create one of America's first queer and transgender guiding services. Now, he wants to change the outdoor industry.
The DOI's plan to open up more of America's waters for drilling has conservation groups worried, but the government says their concern is misplaced.
In Arizona, the National Park Service and the Navajo government are building a better way to run a park.
The U.S. may have pioneered land protection, but Scotland leads the charge when it comes to accessing wild terrain. Can we learn from one of the most hikeable countries on Earth?
Hiking in the Instagram era gives your followers great memories, but can rob you of your own. Our scout takes a break from the social hamster wheel—and likes it.