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Backpacking

A 100-Mile Reunion Hike Along the Rugged Arizona Trail
Photo Essay: A Grand Reunion on the Rugged Arizona Trail

After a decade apart and amid pandemic upheaval, two old friends reconnect on 100 miles of the famed Arizona National Scenic Trail (aka the AZT)

Best Sustainable Backpacking Meals: Minimize Waste in the Backcountry
A Responsible Buyer's Guide to Zero-Waste Backpacker Meals

No-or-low-waste camping meals and backpacking food does exists. Here's what to look for, how to avoid greenwashing, plus five companies to support

Backpacking Checklist: Essential Gear for New & Experienced Hikers
10 New Essential Backpacking Gear Picks for Happier Trails This Season

Our top 10 picks of new backpacking gear for 2022, designed to make life on the trail more comfortable and more fun

5 Weekend Backpacking Trips in California to Do This Summer
5 Best Weekend Backpacking Trips in California to Do This Summer

Use these helpful guides to plan your next trip now, and find yourself among nature once the stay-at-home order lifts

Best Camping Lanterns: Our Top 10 Picks for Lighting Up the Outdoors
10 Best Camping Lanterns for Lighting up the Backcountry and Backyard

A deep dive into the vast landscape of camp lanterns for backpacking, camping, van living, and beyond

Osprey UNLTD Brings Premium Design & Materials to Backpacking Packs
Osprey Unveils All-New UNLTD Line of Premium Backpacking Packs

Utilizing 3D printing and other high-end manufacturing processes, the Colorado-based brand's new bags create a higher tier of backpacks for hikers

Best Camping Kettles: Our Top 9 Picks for Fast Backcountry Boiling
The 9 Best Camping Kettles for Efficient Backcountry Coffee, Tea, or Food Prep

Lightweight materials, ergonomic handles, spouts, short and stout. These workhorse camp kettles are sure to upgrade your water boiling experience

LifeStraw Peak Series: Survival-Grade Water Filters for Everyday Use
LifeStraw Peak Series, Survival-Grade Water Filtration for Everyday Outdoorists

With light and durable designs, the new five-piece collection brings best-in-class filtration to car camping, thru-hiking, and everything in between

The Best Camping Chairs and Everything You Need to Know About Them
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Camping Chairs

Our top picks plus everything you've ever wanted to know about the many types of camping chairs, because sitting on the cold ground isn't very fun

Hammock Tent Guide: Everything to Know About This Clever Camping Tool
Hammock Tent Guide: All You Need to Know About This Clever Camping Tool

Versatile, comfortable, and easy to use, hammock tents are growing in popularity among all campers, from weekend warriors to hardcore thru-hikers

Ultralight Backpacking: How I Learned to Embrace UL Hiking Philosophy
How One Piece of Gear Changed My Whole Perspective on Backcountry Travel

A deep dive into the world of lightweight and ultralight backpacking, and why you should embrace the "less is more" philosophy, too

Patagonia Designs Alpine Downlab Collection for Ultralight Adventures
Patagonia's Alpine Downlab Jackets & Pullovers Are for Serious Ultralight Adventures

With 800-fill down insulation and minimalist patterns, the OG outfitter's new insulation release argues that in the mountains, less is more

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