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They Call This Work? 12 Amazing Careers in the Outdoors!

If you’ve dreamed of a career in the outdoors, now’s the time to make it real.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
February/March 2016

If You Build It, Will They Hike?

You can now discover the other Caribbean on Dominica's new long trial. But should you?

10+ mins read
Backpacker
February/March 2016

The Schism of Youth Scouting Programs in America

When the Boy Scouts decided to admit openly gay youths in 2013, a group of dissenting leaders struck out on their own and formed Trail Life USA, an "unapologetically Christian"scouting organization. The schism raised a question: Is there a right way to get kids outdoors?

10+ mins read
Backpacker
September 2015

Backpackers Paradise - Yosemite In September

For backpackers, there's nothing better in the entire park system. How much of it can one hiker see in a week?

10+ mins read
Backpacker
September 2015

Out Live : Flooded

Before we had time to pull our rope, a curtain of water exploded out of the slot canyon 300 feet above and crashed on top of us.

5 mins read
Backpacker
August 2017

The Great Wide Open

Lolo National Forest, Montana In the stretch of mountains spanning northwest Montana up to the Idaho border, trout swim legendary rivers like the Blackfoot and the Clark Fork; wolverines, grizzly bears, and moose amble through the evergreen forests; and locals complain it’s too crowded if there’s one other car at the trailhead. In short, it’s paradise— especially in early summer, when wildflowers bloom and before August’s wildfire season rolls around.

3 mins read
Backpacker
June 2017

Make Hiking Great Again

Putting one foot in front of the other isn’t the most extreme activity, but damn if the original outdoor pursuit isn’t the sexiest.

3 mins read
Backpacker
June 2017

The Big Wild

All backpackers must visit Alaska at least once - it's a rite of passage. But where to go in this sprawling state? We asked pro photographers, guides, and rangers for their top picks. They delivered trips for every skill level and budget.

6 mins read
Backpacker
June 2017

How a Disastrous Fall Led to a Record-Setting Thru-Hike

Time slowed as my momentum gained. An eternity separated me from my fate. This couldn’t be real. That’s when I passed out. 

5 mins read
Backpacker
May 2016

Trek and Toast

Napa isn’t the only place where you can find good wineries next to good trails. Pair these easy-payoff dayhikes with a well-deserved vintage.

2 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Mercy Rule

Sometimes, the only thing better than camping is not camping.

3 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Where Nobody Knows Your Trail Name

Few blazes, fewer trail angels: Canada’s Great Divide Trail offers a rare chance to go back in time and experience the birth of a thru-hike.

7 mins read
Backpacker
December/January 2017

monumental crisis

president obama is creating national monuments at an unprecedented rate. will that be enough to save america’s last best places?

2 mins read
backpacker
november 2016

Skishoe

Can a diehard winter athlete take on a new sport—and the frustration of becoming a beginner again?

4 mins read
Backpacker
November 2017

Tested: This Year's Best Outdoor Gear!

Once a Mumbai boy, the former electronics baron (Akai TV and baron electronics) and his wife give us an exclusive glimpse into their beachfront mansion on Nurai Island a breathtaking property off the coast of Abu Dhabi Kabir Mulchandani.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
April/May 2016

survival

my dad’s fists slammed into the thick animal, but the bear wouldn’t leave.

5 mins read
backpacker
november 2016

Solve An Argument On The Trail

Can a backpacking trip help a couple work out their differences?

4 mins read
Backpacker
January 2018

Link 10 Peaks In A Day

A seasoned mountaineer battles a storm and his ego during a single-day attempt of New Hampshire’s Presidential Traverse.

4 mins read
Backpacker
August 2017

Extreme Attraction

What draws us to the planet’s outer edges? On a trek from the Lower 48’s lowest point to its highest, MARK JENKINS looks for answers.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
August 2017

The Sharpest Tool In The Shed

What does it take to keep the Pacific Crest Trail clear of debris for decades? A guy like Pickaxe Pete.

6 mins read
Backpacker
August 2017

Safe Foraging

Everything looks good when you’re starving. Let Den Mother tell you what’s really on the menu.

2 mins read
Backpacker
August 2017

Learn Minimalist Fly-Fishing

How much gear does an angler need?

4 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Survival

About halfway through our trip, I was solo hiking when I must have stepped onto a game trail. I don’t remember the moment, but I remember stopping and allowing the severity of my situation to sink in. I had no idea where I was.

4 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

The Long Way's Round

Sacred trails the world over help hikers discover deeper truths about the world and themselves. But what truly makes a path transformative? ELISA BETH KWAK - HEFFERAN treks a new 170-mile loop in Montana in search of the pilgrimage she needs.

10+ mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Tour de California

Walk from the coast into the last of the Golden State’s grasslands by way of a lost route.

3 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Terra Incognita

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine

3 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

In the Deep Dark: Stargazing

When you're swallowed by night, the star show begins.

1 min read
Backpacker
May 2017

Cloud Control

Embrace the elements to create captivating images

2 mins read
Backpacker
May 2017

Survival Guide - Top Tips From A Veteran Ranger

On the eve of his retirement, Bil Vandergraff, Grand Canyon's most experienced search-and-rescue ranger, sits down for a career debriefing and explains why you should absolutely hike in wet cotton and never leave home without cold pizza.

9 mins read
Backpacker
October 2015

The Teddy Bear Needs A Hug

In Louisiana, a fight is brewing over the country's most endangered Bruin. 

10+ mins read
Backpacker
February/March 2016