Nearly 1,000 young women make up the groundbreaking new class from the BSA.
For almost a decade, I avoided camping alone. Now, I wish I had tried it sooner.
A program called Goat Walkabouts pairs hikers with “healing herds”of retired yoga goats to help treat trauma in the Rockies.
I grew up hiking in the White Mountains. But I never fully appreciated them until I moved away.
When it comes to remembering my best trips, smells do something that photos never could.
Thomas has thru-hiked more than 20 long trails, including the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails (the Triple Crown). On top of that, she set a fastest known time on the AT for an unsupported woman and has completed dozens of urban thru-hikes as well. Now, she's joining Backpacker as a contributing editor. Here’s some of Thomas’s best advice and insight fed by more than 20,000 trail miles.
Nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are ready to say goodbye to stay-at-home orders, shoulder our packs, and head out on a multi-month hiking adventure. But with transmission rates still high and vaccination efforts stretching into late summer, should we hold off?
For this 28-year-old Minnesotan, life on a long path is a series of snowy 20-mile days with a borrowed husky. What will life after it look like?
A recent court decision struck down permit requirements for commercial filming and photography in the national parks. One land manager considers just how bad it could get.
Backpackers have a habit of glorifying the big adventures. But the little ones can be just as sweet.
Hiking isn’t all gorgeous sunsets and glowing campfires, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at Instagram. And for people just getting into backpacking, that matters.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail with four kids is tough; figuring out how to do it safely and legally in a pandemic year might seem insurmountably so. But for Olen and Danae Netteburg, two physicians who have spent the last decade working in Chad, it was just another challenge.
Why do we still run our public lands like it’s 1920?
Getting back to "real life" after a long hike can be rough. But if you feel low after coming home, you're not alone.
The founder of HBCUs Outside is using gear libraries and hiking meetups to tear down barriers in the outdoor industry.
In a remote corner of Montana, backpackers and wildlife advocates clash over the future of a bear population hanging on for dear life.
When companies don't offer plus sizes, that sends a message about who is and isn't welcome in the outdoors.
The Western U.S. is rife with forests and deserts that you can't visit. A new law could fix that—if we're willing to fight for it.
After 18 years of backpacking, boating, and skiing, a mother and son confront letting go.
A chance encounter with a group of friends on an annual, women-only backpacking trip leaves our Colorado Trail correspondent reflecting on how her own life changed her attitude towards the trail.
There are a lot of good reasons to fight racism. Let’s add one more: We can’t protect the climate without ending it.
After a cross-country road trip, Earl Hunter Jr. made it his business to break down racial lines in the outdoors.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, hundreds of long-distance hikers paused their trips on the Appalachian Trail and headed home. Now, as states begin the process of reopening, the wisdom of getting back on the path is up for debate.
Three scientists chronicle life, death, and the last stand of the Grizzly Glacier.
Travel postponed? Live vicariously through these adventurous sagas instead.
Kermode bears, British Columbia's famous white bears, may be in decline as salmon populations drop. What do we lose if one of the world’s most striking animals disappears?
A globetrotter reflects on a place that stopped him in his tracks.
It’s tough to pick our favorite place in New Zealand, but this stretch of coast is all-time.
Sometimes, your search for adventure leads you to your own backyard.
From childhood trips to sailing voyages, this wave-licked chunk of sandstone has never lost its magic for me.
Hike the desert or sail the Indian Ocean with these great (but sometimes cringe-inducing) flicks.
Get away from it all with this live nature cam.
Goodbye, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Backpackers need new seasons that help us understand what actually matters: daylight.
She came to the US to hike the best long trails it had to offer. Now, the first known Mexican national to finish the Triple Crown wants to bring the thru-hiking experience back home.
The Outdoor Advocacy Project wants to give every hiker the tools to advocate for the environment—and today, on the last day of the US outdoor industry's biggest trade show, it's hitting the streets.
These ten point-to-point treks pack the payoffs of a thru-hike, but they're hikeable in a week.
Nearly a century ago, Peter Parsons made long trail history before there were long trails.