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First Night Out

We've gathered top skills for new backpackers and a dozen unforgettable—yet beginner-friendly—trails. What they say is true: You'll never forget your first time.

Ready to ditch the campground crowds and sleep in the backcountry? Whether you’re a total rookie or a seasoned car camper, our comprehensive primer will get you out of the KOA and into the wild. We’ve gathered top skills for new backpackers and a dozen unforgettable—yet beginner-friendly—trails. What they say is true: You’ll never forget your first time.

Essays

Destinations-

Flora
Views
Water
Fauna
Skills-


The Ten Essentials
Packing and Planning
On the Trail
In Camp
Treat Water
Cooking
Top 10 Rookie Mistakes
Year of the Reader-

Year of the Reader Hikers