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Rediscovering a Lost Hiking Trail in California

Walk from the coast into the last of the Golden State’s grasslands by way of a lost route. After a wet winter, the Temblor Mountains go off with yellow goldfields and purple phacelias come April. I unfold a topo map to scope out two clearly distinguished mountain ranges. To the southwest, the Caliente Range rises […]

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Someone Spray-Painted a Promposal in a National Recreation Area

We hope no one went to prom with this clown. California’s Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is home to more than 500 miles of trails, Chumash pictographs, a population of mountain lions—and now, the world’s dumbest promposal. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said that […]

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Little One’s First Camping Trip

Getting ready to take a first timer into the wilderness can be a daunting task, but not when you’ve got the right gear and attitude. Adventure families come in all shapes and sizes. From old friends to new four-legged buddies, taking a first timer into the wilderness can be a daunting task. But, when you’ve […]

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Arizona Hiker Gets Hypothermia On Quest for Free Pizza

Rescued after trying to hike 9,301-foot peak in shorts and tank top during snowstorm. Worth hypothermia? We don’t think so. People will go to extraordinary lengths for the things they love, and last week an Arizona man set out to climb 9,301-foot Mount Elden to prove his devotion to the one thing that unites as […]

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The Insider's Guide to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Get to know Maine’s brand new national monument with a little help from an insider. From 1,942-foot Deasey Mountain, see Katahdin to the south. We welcomed the Northeast’s most pristine watershed to the national park system last August with itchy feet. Now go see what the fuss is about. Hint: old-growth forests, craggy peaks, hidden […]

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Enter To Win a Helinox Chair Zero from Big Agnes

Sign up for a chance to win a Helinox Chair Zero; the lightest, most packable four-legged camp chair available. Winner of a 2017 Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the Chair Zero is not only the lightest four-legged camp chair, it’s more comfortable than most, too. Enjoy sitting 11″ off the ground, relaxing without having to […]

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Enter To Win a Brooks Range Snooze 20 Sleeping Bag

Dream the Possibilities Brooks Range Mountaineering has introduced the Snooze Series sleeping bags that will allow you to achieve all possibilities. The Snooze series features 700+ fill goose down with DownTek®, lightweight nylon shell and Flow® construction. Just climb into a Snooze bag and Dream of the Possibilities. Snooze 20 Sleeping Bag Staying warm is […]

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Sometimes You Just Need to Bail On Your Hike

When the going gets truly miserable, the only thing better than camping is not camping. As we approached the coast, the conversation in the car slowed, then died completely. Over the past 50 miles, the rain had gone from mere storm to deluge to a wretched, windshield-smearing torrent that painted the world outside with an […]

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How to Stargaze Right

When you’re swallowed by night, the celestial show begins. The universe struts its stuff over Utah’s Uintas. For more stargazing trip ideas, visit backpacker.com/view-the-cosmos. It was hard not to feel giddy. The northern Minnesota sky was clear and blue, and the water slid beneath our canoes with only a gentle swish. In a few hours, […]

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Learn to Navigate With Backpacker Magazine

Master map-reading, compass use and more with our Backcountry Navigation online course. Even in today’s high-tech world, your smartphone will only get you so far. Learn how to never get lost via BACKPACKER’s Backcountry Navigation online course. In this 7-part course, you’ll learn how to use a map and compass, how to plan a route, […]

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