Ask the Experts: Gear and Survival Advice

Our pros Kristin Hostetter and Buck Tilton get you ready for the trails ahead.

Gear Chick: Your Gear Questions Answered

Got a burning gear question? BACKPACKER's Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter has your back. Not only does Hostetter manages all of the magazine's gear coverage but she also writes a column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has authored two books: Don't Forget The Duct Tape: Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear and Backpacker's Adventure Journal. Pose a question or dive into the archives and she’ll drop some knowledge on how to fix, mend, improve, and more.

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Medicine Man: Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Expert

Tilton co-founded the Wilderness Medicine Institute of National Outdoor Leadership School, has authored 24 books and more than 1,000 articles on outdoor health, and received the Warren Bowman, MD, Award from the Wilderness Medical Society. Translation? He’s the ultimate outdoor guru. Just try to stump him by asking your own wilderness medicine and rescue question. Tilton will have you ready to tackle the trail in no time.

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