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Backpacker Reviews "Stranded With a Million Dollars": Week 5

Welcome back, devoted survivalist wannabes (aka, four of Jackie’s sorority sisters)! Episode 5 of our favorite crack TV show aired on Tuesday, so let’s discuss. (Get a refresher on past episodes/recaps here.) SPOILERS AHEAD. At the beginning of episode 5, we’re 16 days stranded with a prize pool of $190,250. No one flared out last […]

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"Stranded With a Million Dollars": Week 4

Shockingly, one of the contestants actually shows some real survival skills. Even we’ll admit it: That’s a solid shelter. There comes a time when every young reality TV fanboy/girl must watch and review the fourth installment of MTV’s Stranded With a Million Dollars, and your/our time is now. (Sorry for the delay this week, folks. […]

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How to Fix Hiking Boots and Shoes

A little TLC will keep your hiking boots in shape for years to come. When it came to how long hiking boots are supposed to last, our readers agree: In a survey, 77% said that they expected their footwear to serve them for 2-5 years. That life span depends largely on construction—EVA midsoles last just […]

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The 14 Best Hiking Boots and Shoes of 2017

These shoes can rip their way up steep trail runs, traverse long trails, and tackle the roughest mountain routes. Pick your favorite and get out there. Columbia Daska Pass III OutDry Extreme View the 14 images of this gallery on the original article Not all hiking boots are created equal. So make the most of […]

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How to Plan a Big Backpacking Trip

Want to check an epic hike off your life list? Start ticking off these boxes and make it happen. Set your goals. The best way to ensure you get out for a big trip? Plan it yourself. Start by deciding what kind of trip you want. Is this a leisurely escape, with lots of lakeside naptime, […]

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The Backpacker Gear Hall of Fame

Testers share their all-time favorite packs, bags, tents, and more. Asolo Drifter GV Boot View the 20 images of this gallery on the original article New is nice, but proven is better. It takes many miles and hard use to find gear that lasts forever and still outperforms the competition. When our veteran testers continue […]

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Ask a Thru-Hiker: Take a Long Hike Without Quitting Your Job

Have the thru-hike itch, but don’t want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need. Centennial Mountains Stop just dreaming about a thru-hike; make it real! Our online Thru-Hiking 101 class covers everything you need to plan and finish the long-distance hike of your dreams. Start it instantly, complete […]

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My First Mountain Lion

A wild cougar makes a big impression, especially when you’re alone. Mountain lion Like most hikers who frequent mountain lion territory, I know the basics of how to react if I encounter one. But that doesn’t mean I ever really think about it when I’m on the trail. The cats are just too elusive, sightings […]

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Lessons From First-Time Campers

If first trips have something in common, it’s that they go sideways pretty often. Don’t forget the tent. Plan Ahead How many mistakes can you make on one trip? I was 9 years old when my dad took me backpacking in the Smokies. He had no experience. He invited three friends, one of whom was […]

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My First Time Hiking With a Hangover

Hangovers are bad enough in the frontcountry, but one reader must finish his hike anyway. There’s not enough aspirin in the world for this. At some point, every backpacker becomes a hardened veteran who can play fast and loose with the rules. Leave checklists and tidy piles of gear for the amateurs: The veteran shows […]

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