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Summer Trail Smarts

Get ready for your summer adventure with these these essential on-trail skills.

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You need how-to manuals that can go where Google—or your five-pound camping encyclopedia—can’t. Enter three new BACKPACKER Falcon Guides covering knots, medical emergencies, and backpacking fundamentals. Here’s a sampling of the essential skills you get in a pocket-size, battery-free form ($13, falcon.com).Get ready for your summer adventure with these these essential on-trail skills.




Tie a Figure-8 Loop

Staunch a Bleeding Wound



Purify Water