CATEGORIES

Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way

One hiker finds his limits in Mexico’s Tararecua Canyon.

6 mins read
Backpacker
July - August 2021

Long Trail – Go Big

How I got my footing back as a 300-pound adventurer on the Long Trail.

6 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Eye of the Storm

Foul-weather backcountry days have an allure all their own.

1 min read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Falling Over a Cliff

Courtney Henderson, 19, and Gavin Caruso, 23, fell 50 feet during a storm in June of 2020. Only one survived.

4 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Emily Ford – Thru-Hiker

Late last December, Emily Ford, 28, of Duluth, Minnesota, took her first steps on Wisconsin’s 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail with a borrowed sled dog named Diggins. “I was laid off from my job as head gardener at the Glensheen Mansion, and I took full advantage,” she says. Ten weeks later, she became the first woman and second person ever to thru-hike the IAT in winter.

2 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

America's Friendlist Summits

Some high points require expert skill, a bit of luck, and probably some suffering. Not these. Here are 15 peaks—high on views, low on effort—that don’t play hard to get.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Breathe, Repeat Hike

A pilgrim seeking peace and purpose on Spain’s famed Camino de Santiago finds much more.

7 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

The Last Best Place

Add your voice to the call to protect Montana’s Gallatin Range, a critical–but unprotected–habitat bordering Yellowstone National Park.

1 min read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

The Long Way Down

Active Pass member Robin Mino takes the rocky route on the descent from Huemul Pass to Lake Viedma in Patagonia.

1 min read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Finding Home

Our writer reconciles her family and her future on the path to Harding Icefield.

5 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Now Blooming

Flowers aren’t just for meadows. Look up to see spring among the branches.

3 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Liz “snorkel” Thomas – Hiking Icon

Thomas has thru-hiked more than 20 long trails, including the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails (the Triple Crown). On top of that, she set a fastest known time on the AT for an unsupported woman and has completed dozens of urban thru-hikes as well. This issue, she joins Backpacker as a contributing editor. Here’s some of Thomas’s best advice and insight fed by more than 20,000 trail miles.

2 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Tuna Melt Crunchwrap

Put a backcountry spin on a fast food cult favorite.

1 min read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Out in the Open

In one of America’s least visited national parks, I find my authentic self.

7 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Fire and Ice

Find alpine bliss halfway through this snowshoe beneath an active volcano on Artist Point Trail in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington.

1 min read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

A Moment in Time

The climb up Mauna Loa’s volcanically shifting landscape is never quite the same, no matter how many times you do it.

7 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Drop Weight

The old backpacker’s adage is that the lightest gear is what you carry between your ears: your brain. Ultralight gear often requires more know-how than traditional gear. Here’s how a Triple Crowner approaches her packing strategy.

1 min read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

The BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE

The national parks are our national treasure, and these 10 campsites are the best they have to offer. Hike in, pick up your jaw, and post up in paradise.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Slide for Life

Taylor Gibler, 26, barreled towards frozen peril after stumbling on Mt. Baker in June of 2020.

3 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Rising Above

Two gutsy climbers tackle South America’s highest summit.

2 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2021

Working Remote

See the world through the viewfinder of one of the world’s foremost adventure photographers.

4 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

Warm Up to Winter

Backpacking is so many things. It’s a leisure pursuit, a way to connect with nature, an athletic feat, a means of forging bonds with your friends and family, a problem-solving game, an escape, a subculture . . . Realistically, it’s something unique to every hiker. Because, above all, it’s a pull from within to get out there, and that’s a very individual thing.

2 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

Who's Afraid of Winter?

Two fair-weather enthusiasts tear down their fear of the fourth season.

4 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

Play List

THIS SEASON’S TOP TRIPS & PICKS

10+ mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

Shattered on the pacific Crest Trail

When they wake up broke, broken, and far from home, how do thru-hikers find the will to go another mile?

10+ mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

MOUNTAIN MYSTERY

Pam Bales’ solo hike in October 2010 turned into a daring rescue of a fellow hiker. But she was left with more questions than answers.

4 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2020

Wild Buffet

Reap the bounty of nature’s pantry by learning to identify and responsibly harvest wild edibles on the trail or in your neighborhood.

3 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

YOU'VE GOT ALL DAY

Even on a lowkey dayhike, good gear can be the difference between a forgettable outing and a fun one.

2 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

Weightless Warmth

Banish worries about pack space and morning shivers on your next cool-weather trip with these packable puffies.

7 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Minko Nikolov, 32, suffered a near-fatal lightning strike while scouting a bouldering objective in Rocky Mountain National Park in August 2019.

4 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020