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The me effect — all about solo backpacking

Everyone who is into backpacking (or hiking, hill walking, trekking, thru-hiking or what ever you want to call it) has been asked about going solo, …

Farther, Faster: A Primer on Ultralight Backpacking

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This primer is the first in a series profiling the best backpacking gear and training for your summer and fall adventures. Stay tuned …

A 500-mile solo hike cured my loneliness

The journey began at an unassuming trailhead on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. It was early July, and the morning sun was already unpleasantly hot. I hoisted a 40-lb. backpack onto my shoulders, paused for a photo, and started walking.<p>The plan was to hike the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile path …

Hiking

4 Types of Outdoor Adventures Everyone Should Experience

A man exploring the outdoors | Philipp Guelland/Getty Images<p>The call of adventure. Of nature. Of the void.<p>We all feel it, as we sit shackled to our …

Survival Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter

In any survival situation, from urban to wilderness, there are few resources as valuable as potable water. As a survivalist, I put big emphasis on …

Minimalist or Not, Camping Light Is Worth the Effort

Any adventurer who has ever watched an episode of <i>Man vs. Wild</i> has romanticized him or herself in a survival situation, where their primitive skills …

Minimalism

Hanging A Bear Bag—The PCT Method

There are multiple techniques to hang a bear bag, but when I first learned the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) method, it’s been my favorite option. The …

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a dry diet. Learning how to cook well in the wilderness is an art that doesn't come quickly but can …

Backpacking

“The Big 3″ Most Important Backpacking Gear Items

Backpackers spend a lot of time, money and effort trimming ounces from their backpacking gear in the quest to lighten their load. But a lot of that …

Backpacking

What's the Best Backpacking Food?

<b>Q:</b><i>When doing longer, multi-day hikes, what's the best way to maximize the amount of calories per ounce of weight while still eating healthy,</i> …

Nutrition

Can Booties Make A Better Hiking Boot?

Can separating a boot’s liner from its outer make it better? Upmarket Canadian brand Arc’teryx just launched its first footwear range, distinguished …

How to Get in Shape for Hiking

13.7K<p>SHARES<p>Couch potato is a lifestyle choice. Make a different one: Start training, stop complaining, and yadda yadda yadda, you’re a trail-eating …

Brew On The Range: The 7 Best Camping Coffee Makers

Cabela’s Campfire Coffee Pot<p>All right tenderfoot, you’ve been given the unenviable task of lugging around a coffee pot big enough to satisfy a small …

National Parks On A Public Transit Map

<b>By John Dodge</b><p><b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Imagine if you could take public transit to the National Parks.<p>The Sierra Club did just that, and the good news for …

National Parks

Tarptent: The American Dream Shelter

Henry Shires is a backcountry engineer. The founder of Tarptent is a lifelong backpacker trained in physics. The combination of a keen scientific …

How To Tie The Only Five Knots You'll Ever Need

There's a million different knots for doing a million different things. But, these five are easy-to-learn, easy-to-tie and accomplish 99 percent of …

How to survive your first wild camp

Want to tackle your first night out in the wild under canvas? Phoebe Smith – Wanderlust editor and author of new book Wilderness Weekends – offers …

16 of the most impressive national parks in the US (PHOTOS)

EVERY BIT of wilderness on the planet is impressive, but some places are special for unique reasons. There’s arguably no better educational tool for …

21 Things I Wish I Knew on My First Backpacking Trip

You don’t need 4 pairs of pants.<p>If you have the right pants, you should be able to wear the same pair for several days in a row. You might not even …

Backpacking

10 Backpacking Gear Myths

It’s amazing how some backpacking gear myths persist, even when there’s ample evidence to the contrary. Here are my favorites.<p>1. Two people can fit …

Backpacking

Dress Right: 13 Essential Pieces For Backpacking

<i>Known for his monster-mile backpacking expeditions, including the Sea-To-Sea Trail, Great Western Loop, and a circumnavigation of Alaska, Andrew</i> …

Watch: Man takes one selfie for every mile on a 2,600-mile hike, turns it into an incredible timelapse video

This is what you call selfie dedication. Outdoorsman Andy Davidhazy went on an epic 2,600-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail that spans all the way …

mnn.io is for sale!

A domain name like mnn.io has all the characteristics of a great domain. See the listing<p>Short<p>A one word domain is extremely rare and great investment …

How To: Prepare for Your First Solo Camping Trip

How To: Prepare for Your First Solo Camping Trip

Which Animals Are A Threat Outdoors And What You Can Do About Them

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Do you really need to worry about animal attacks outdoors? Let's look at the data and determine what you can do to …

Why Cotton Kills, A Technical Explanation

"He was wearing all cotton, which is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. The weather just got the best of him," reads an official statement by …

3 Thru-hikes You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job For

In my twenties and thirties, I was single and unencumbered. My life consisted of working, saving money, and taking a long hike. I walked the length …

Hiking