Nurture IN NATURE
Does raising an outdoor kid prepare him for the real world?
PADDLE THE DESERT
Can a group of novice packrafters make it out of Canyonlands in one piece?
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.
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.
MATERIAL LOVE - PRECIOUS CARGO
How a stroller saved my outdoor sanity.
For trips that don’t take you far from the car, these tents will let you rest your head in spacious comfort and style.
Fall From a Cliff
When Shaina Maytum was 21, a slip in the desert left her broken, alone, and unable to move.
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.
Dayhike a Marathon
Does “go big or go home” hold up on a dawn-to-dusk mission?
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.
The View at The End
Three scientists chronicle life, death, and the last stand of the Grizzly Glacier.
From ultracomfy trail runners to mountaineering crossovers, here’s the season’s best backcountry footwear.
Save The Desert
Bears Ears is a desert paradise. It's up to all of us to keep it that way.
2020 Editor's Choice Awards
Like you, we routinely seek out the wildest places as the settings for our big trips.
From featherweight hardshells to do-it-all softshells, here are the best products for staying dry on the move in the backcountry.
BAGS & PADS
Whether you sleep hot or cold, up high or down low, there’s a system here that will unlock the ZZZs.
Hauling packs is what we do. Here are the season’s best models, for everything from summit bids to thru-hikes.
Train Up to Trail Legs
Can our writer get in the best hiking shape of his life—without hiking?
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.
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
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.
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
The Vampire Trail
Immerse yourself in ancient myths and one of the last refuges for Europe's wolves on a hike throughthe Transylvanian Alps
Warm Up From The Inside
Get toasty from the inside out with these hot beverages.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
How To Safely Get Unlost While Hiking
After losing the trail, can this wayward hiker find her way back?