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Places » Featured Routes

M The California Crest: a northbound mental map

By Max Stoffregen on June 16, 2015
An author and composer writes a music suite based off his memories on the PCT.

Trends » News

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18

By Jonathan Davis on June 13, 2015
News This Week: Wrangell Alaska is left high and dry, a backpacker survives fifty meter fall, spend the day trekking Tahoma, a Camp Chef Stove that weighs 8.3 ounces, and much more.

Places » Trip Reports

M Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

By Mina Loomis on June 09, 2015
A challenging yet rewarding trip exposes these youth to the joys of backpacking and kindles their love of the outdoors.

Gear » Flash Reviews

Flash Reviews No. 8

By Jonathan Davis on June 07, 2015
Flash Reviews No. 8: Paleo Meals To Go, Good Wipes, and Lite Trail NyloPro Bags.

Places » Trip Reports

M Walking Still in the Desert

By Drew Smith on June 02, 2015
A place of stillness and calm, the desert can be a harsh, dry environment but for many it is a haven for contemplation and peace.

Places » Featured Routes

M Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

By Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author on May 27, 2015
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land.

Trends » News

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 17

By Jonathan Davis on May 27, 2015
News this week: Rising Arctic Temperatures, California’s El Nino, Yellowstone Rangers Save a Man’s Life, Turn a Low-Cost Tent into a Great Tent, and Much More.

Gear » Reviews

M Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review

By Roger Caffin on May 19, 2015
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.

Gear » Flash Reviews

Flash Reviews No. 7

By Jonathan Davis on May 19, 2015
Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus.

Trends » Commentary

M What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills

By James Long on May 12, 2015
Preppers, Primitive Skills, the Military, and Hunters are all groups of people that have learned to thrive outdoors in their own way. Backpackers can take lessons from these other groups to make them more successful.

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