Published nine times a year, Backpacker is a magazine of wilderness travel, offering practical, "you can do it, here's how" advice to help you enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear, and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips, each issue delivers foldout maps and stunning color photography.
The Good Fight • Budget cuts made by the last presidential administration eliminated protections, leaving these endangered reptiles vulnerable.
When the Humans are Away • Montana’s remote Crazy Mountains are a playground for more than just hikers.
Chasing the Light • A photographer bushwhacks towards dawn in the Dolly Sods.
An Unexpected Autumn Rainbow • These 10 hikes bring kaleidoscopic hues to overlooked places.
A Land Away From Time • Channel Islands National Park is a window into California’s wild past.
Kill a Plant. • Humans have unmatched power to alter natural landscapes. Let’s use it for good.
Seeking Refuge • A father confronts his grief in the Adirondacks.
Explore Canyon Country • A SKILLS GUIDE FOR YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Dive Into Canyon Country • The labyrinthine world of desert canyons is a unique landscape carved by water and time. Sculptural rock formations and otherworldly passageways await when you descend below the rim. Here’s how to do so safely.
Hone Your Technique • Know the moves to make the most of squeezes, slots, and walls.
Leave Only Footprints • The desert environment is a sensitive landscape that’s rich with history. Stick to established trails and durable surfaces to avoid disrupting the environment.
Improve Your Aerobic Fitness • Want to be more efficient on the trail? Start by developing your aerobic base (how well your body uses oxygen to burn fat), which allows you to do sustained cardio without gasping for breath. Hiking sometimes requires anaerobic fitness—short bursts of effort where your body produces energy without oxygen—but by and large, it’s an aerobic endeavor. During aerobic training, your heart rate should be elevated above resting, but not so high that you have to catch your breath.
Watch Your Step • Learn to identify these five common venomous snakes, found across the United States, so you can avoid them on the trail.
Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Stew • Charred pepper lends a punch of smoky flavor in this hearty, veggie-stuffed meal.
Broken and Alone • When his brother turned back a few miles into their overnight hike, Jacob Velarde decided to continue solo. Then, he fell.
The Right Way to Poop
Take It In Stride • Your feet are your most important asset on the trail. These six brawny backpacking boots will help carry you down the path in comfort, no matter the distance or pack weight.
Support Staff • When it comes to hiking in rough terrain with heavy packs, nothing beats the stability of our top six stalwart backpacking boots.
Trail Running • Pick up the pace and cover more distance with this gear designed for speed.
Six Moon Designs Flight 30 Ultra
Flowing Into Silence • The natural world has a lot to say, if we're willing to listen.
Was the First Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker A Fraud? • The hiking community has long praised Earl Shaffer for being the first person to complete the iconic trail in a single push. But one man wants us to take a closer look at Shaffer’s claims.
If These Hills Could Talk • ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS ARE PURSUING LEGAL STEPS THAT WOULD ALLOW NATURAL ENTITIES TO SUE IN THEIR OWN DEFENSE THROUGH A HUMAN SPOKESPERSON. BUT MAYBE IT’S THE CONVERSATION, AND NOT THE LAW, THAT MATTERS MOST.
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