CATEGORIES

Nurture IN NATURE

Does raising an outdoor kid prepare him for the real world?

10+ mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

PADDLE THE DESERT

Can a group of novice packrafters make it out of Canyonlands in one piece?

4 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

ALMOST FAMOUS

Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

NO MAN'S LAND

In a remote corner of Montana, hikers and activists clash over the future of a grizzly bear population hanging on for dear life.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

MATERIAL LOVE - PRECIOUS CARGO

How a stroller saved my outdoor sanity.

2 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

Frontcountry Fortresses

For trips that don’t take you far from the car, these tents will let you rest your head in spacious comfort and style.

4 mins read
Backpacker
Fall 2020

Fall From a Cliff

When Shaina Maytum was 21, a slip in the desert left her broken, alone, and unable to move.

5 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2020

The Living Forest

We know our forests are special places. But for the Native Americans who have lived among them for centuries, they are more than that. Trees are family members that give, heal, provide, protect, and nurture. Trees are sacred. Listen to the trees.

10 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2020

Dayhike a Marathon

Does “go big or go home” hold up on a dawn-to-dusk mission?

4 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2020

The Ultimate Uphill Training Guide

Don’t let off-season rust hold you back. Get in the best trail condition of your life by incorporating this workout, which simulates the challenges of the trail, into your training routine to strengthen your legs and help you crush the climbs.

3 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2020

The View at The End

Three scientists chronicle life, death, and the last stand of the Grizzly Glacier.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2020

Footwear

From ultracomfy trail runners to mountaineering crossovers, here’s the season’s best backcountry footwear.

7 mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

Save The Desert

Bears Ears is a desert paradise. It's up to all of us to keep it that way.

7 mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

2020 Editor's Choice Awards

Like you, we routinely seek out the wildest places as the settings for our big trips.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

SHELLS

From featherweight hardshells to do-it-all softshells, here are the best products for staying dry on the move in the backcountry.

7 mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

BAGS & PADS

Whether you sleep hot or cold, up high or down low, there’s a system here that will unlock the ZZZs.

7 mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

PACKS

Hauling packs is what we do. Here are the season’s best models, for everything from summit bids to thru-hikes.

8 mins read
Backpacker
March - April 2020

Train Up to Trail Legs

Can our writer get in the best hiking shape of his life—without hiking?

4 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2020

The Hiker Who Never Left

When CDT thru-hiker Cionnaith “Lucky” O’Dubhaigh stopped to resupply in Lake City, Colorado, he was just looking for a short rest. Instead, he stayed and turned his new home into one of the best trail towns in the country.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2020

PINNED TO A MOUNTAIN

Mountaineers Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy (39), Vasily Aushev (35), Constantin Toporov (37), and Rus Khasbulatov (33) survived a days-long storm on Mt. Rainier in June 2019. As told by Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy to Corey Buhay

4 mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2020

KIDNAPPED* ON THE TRAIL

A would-be thru-hiker hit the Pacific Crest Trail to change her life. She knew about the natural hazards. It was the human threat she never saw coming.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
January - February 2020

Catalonia Dreaming

Last fall, a BACKPACKER team traveled to northeast Spain to explore one of Europe’s undiscovered adventure centers: Catalonia. We planned a route to hopscotch through the best of the peaks and foothills on a seven-day trek that crossed mountain passes, ancient villages, and pastoral countryside. Everyone came away with a favorite story to tell. By the Editors

8 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

The Vampire Trail

Immerse yourself in ancient myths and one of the last refuges for Europe's wolves on a hike throughthe Transylvanian Alps

10+ mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

Warm Up From The Inside

Get toasty from the inside out with these hot beverages.

2 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

How To Tune Up Your Knees

Creaky knees? Strengthen your joints with supine leg lifts to prevent pain and buckling during long descents with heavy loads. Bonus: Your ankles and hips will benefit, too. Perform this circuit with 3- to 5-pound ankle weights.

2 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

Build A Fire On Snow

The solitude of a winter night beckons. But will our writer’s attempts to stay warm be a roaring success or a sputtering failure?

4 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

Trapped In Quicksand

Ryan Osmun, 35, took a wrong step while hiking in Zion National Park in February and spent 10 hours stuck in the mud. As told to Zoe Gates.

4 mins read
Backpacker
November - December 2019

Ali Kenney

Ali Kenney jokes that she has “a lot of commas” in her job. She watches trends in the global market, engages consumers on climate change issues, crafts Burton’s sustainability goals, audits manufacturers for sustainability, human rights, and fair labor practices, and more. Kenney is widely respected in the outdoor industry for the environmental strides Burton has made under her leadership. We caught up with her to find out how she got where she is.

2 mins read
Backpacker
May 2018

Heading to a Greek Island With No Reservations

A sure way to make a two-week vacation more exciting? Bring a backpack but no plans. On a Greek island trek, Senior Content Editor Rachel Zurer learns the best adventures are the ones you don’t expect.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
December 2015

How To Safely Get Unlost While Hiking

After losing the trail, can this wayward hiker find her way back?

5 mins read
Backpacker
February/March 2016