Published nine times a year, Backpacker is a magazine of wilderness travel, offering practical, "you can do it, here's how" advice to help you enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear, and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips, each issue delivers foldout maps and stunning color photography.
THE GOOD FIGHT • Add your voice to the call to protect Montana’s Gallatin Range, a critical–but unprotected–habitat bordering Yellowstone National Park.
Finding Home • Our writer reconciles her family and her future on the path to Harding Icefield.
The Long Way Down • Active Pass member Robin Mino takes the rocky route on the descent from Huemul Pass to Lake Viedma in Patagonia.
Now Blooming • Flowers aren’t just for meadows. Look up to see spring among the branches.
Eye of the Storm • Foul-weather backcountry days have an allure all their own.
Monumental Error • It’s time to scrape the stain off Georgia’s Stone Mountain.
Go Big • How I got my footing back as a 300-pound adventurer on the Long Trail.
Explore Off-Trail • A new kind of adventure starts where the maintained trail ends. Advance your hiking game and take on the unknown with these tips for route-planning and navigation. Then, practice footwork skills for safer, more efficient mountain travel.
Finding Your Way • Off-trail travel is all about navigation savvy. Before you set out, make sure you know how to read a topo map, use a compass, and identify features to pinpoint your location. Use these tips to stay on track when there’s no trail to guide you.
Loosen Up • Scree, gravel, talus: No matter what you call it, unstable terrain can be a nightmare. Master it all with John “Monte” Montepare’s tips for efficient travel.
Cliffed Out • In August of 2019, climbers Corey Buhay, 26, and Liz Pecknold, 28, found themselves trapped at the end of a technical ridge traverse in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado.
Get Your Butt in Gear • Spending too much time in a seated position (hello, desk job) can tighten your hip flexors and lengthen your glutes, robbing them of their power. A weak butt is bad for your performance on the trail and even worse for your ankles, knees, and back. Do this ass-kicking workout from Pete McCall once a week, along with your cardio and strength routine, to train all three glute muscles.
In Full Bloom • Enjoy the best of summer in Tennessee and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park with these seven wildflowers.
Rice Noodle & Shiitake Soup • Cold-soaked mushrooms add a rich flavor to the broth of this light dish, a perfect first course or hot lunch.
Falling Over a Cliff • Courtney Henderson, 19, and Gavin Caruso, 23, fell 50 feet during a storm in June of 2020. Only one survived.
Packs for the Long Haul • Got a gear-heavy trip coming up? These packs have got your back.
Backcountry Fly Fishing • You could cast to lunkers from alongside the road—but hiking to wild streams and lakes pushes the bliss factor even higher. Outfit your next angling mission with these gear picks.
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America’s Friendliest Summits • Some high points require expert skill, a bit of luck, and probably some suffering. Not these. Here are 15 peaks—high on views, low on effort—that don’t play hard to get.
Hike, Breathe, Repeat • A pilgrim seeking peace and purpose on Spain’s famed Camino de Santiago finds much more.