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.
Editors Note • A chat with Michel Gelobter, founder of Cooler, Backpacker’s climate partner
The Good Fight • The border between Mexico and America is fragmenting key wildlife habitat in the southwest.
Kilimanjaro: But First, Soccer • Our writer sought meditation on Africa’s tallest peak. What she found was something even more meaningful: fun.
Dropping Into a Granite Fortress • This descent into the Wind River Range’s Cirque of the Towers is one no hiker will ever forget.
Ridgeline Hikes • Embrace the exposure when you take your summer adventures to the crest of the high country.
Thru-Hiking Back to Myself • Patricia Cameron set out to hike the 486-mile Colorado Trail to raise awareness for her nonprofit. She ended up finding out even more about her personal strengths.
Stop and Smell the Wildflowers • Hiking is about living in the moment, not speed.
Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way • One hiker finds his limits in Mexico’s Tararecua Canyon.
Wilderness Weather Forecasting • Learn to read the sky and predict what’s blowing in on your next hike.
Predict the Weather • Harness the power of observation and the fundamentals of meteorology to make short-term forecasts on your next hike.
Clouds • Clouds can tell you what the wind is doing in the upper parts of the atmosphere, and they show what direction the weather is coming from. Clouds can also reveal how stable or unstable the atmosphere is and how far away a storm may be.
Making a Field Forecast: Observe Everything • The weather will do one of three things: stay the same, deteriorate, or improve. Here’s how to predict what’s on the horizon.
Unquarantine Your Muscles • Your body may have changed during a year of staying home. And even if your physical fitness has remained constant, your neurological connections may have weakened from a lack of stimuli. It’s time to shake off the sluggishness with this workout designed to get your body moving. Include it in your exercise routine every other week.
Piña Colada Parfait • Say goodbye to bland breakfasts. This sunshine-in-a-bowl dish will start your morning off right.
Samaritan Search and Rescue • In June of 2020, ultrarunner Jeremy Humphrey used his intimate knowledge of his local mountain range to rescue a missing hiker.
Stargaze Like a Pro
Gimme (Affordable) Shelter • Your backcountry home shouldn’t require a mortgage. After months of testing, we picked our six favorite bargain two-person tents.
Sleep ’N Save • The cost of your backpacking tent shouldn’t keep you awake at night. These double-wall, two-person shelters are all $300 or less, and will put your mind—and body—at ease with their dialed combinations of performance and price.
The Ultimate Camp Kitchen • Unless you’re looking to set a speed record, enjoying a proper meal al fresco can be one of the greatest joys of backpacking. Up your backcountry chef game with these five pieces of camp kitchen gear.
Fjällräven High Coast Hydratic Jacket
Smoke Eaters on the Front Lines • The new era of wildland firefighting is a war with no end in sight.
From the Ashes • Just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, a fire ecologist reckons with damage and recovery after last year's calamitous wildfires.
Tomorrow’s Heroes • These 10 Hikers Are Making a Big Difference