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.
Higher Calling • Join the fun on National Summit Day on August 4 and take part in the biggest mountain celebration in the country.
TRAILCHAT • Your opinions, photos, and feats
FIND YOUR PEACE • PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, MICHIGAN
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE • EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA
FOLLOW THE RAINBOW • SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE PARK, TENNESSEE
SAFARI ON FOOT • Venture into the bush to see Africa’s wildlife the wild way.
COLORADO DAY: AUGUST 1ST • MARK YOUR CALENDAR
PARTY ON A PEAK
TAKE THE PLUNGE • MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
WHAT KIND OF JUMPER ARE YOU? • The sun is hot and the water is cool. What’s your approach?
HIT THE PAVEMENT • ROAD WALKING: After tallying more than 14,000 miles on trails, one career hiker learns to love the gaps.
FULL CIRCLE • SAWTOOTH WILDERNESS, IDAHO
HIGHS & LOWS • HARRISON HILLS, WISCONSIN
CALL YOURSELF ISHMAEL
ON EDGE • CATSKILL PARK, NEW YORK
…IN WHICH WE HONOR THE BEST HIKING CLUBS IN THE COUNTRY. • IN THE CLUB
RIPE FOR THE PICKIN’ • Savor summer’s bounty on these four treks to berry havens.
HEAD FIRST • All hikers slip, trip, and fall. So what’s with all the embarrassment?
THE GOOD FIGHT • KAWISHIWI RIVER, BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS, MINNESOTA
SURVIVE THE SUMMER • HOW TO THRIVE OUTDOORS
Hike in a Heat Wave • When it comes to summer test labs, Arizona’s Big Ditch takes the prize. Dr. Tom Myers, a guide and medical advisor for the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute, faces triple-digit temps every season. Follow his advice to keep cool.
ACCLIMATIZE TO HOT WEATHER • Altitude’s not the only thing that takes some getting used to. Train your body to resist overheating, stay comfortable longer, and avoid heat-related illness.
NAVIGATE THE JUNGLE • A newly minted trip leader takes on tropical mud, bugs, and rainstorms.
DOLLAR MENU • Put a dent in your hunger—not your trip budget—with three tasty meals for less than $2.50 per serving.
LISTEN CLOSELY • “I forgot earbuds on my hike, so I played music out of my iPhone instead. Someone told me that’s noise pollution. vIs that true?”
POWER UP • Push through big climbs and banish quad burn by increasing your lactate threshold.
LOST IN THE RAINFOREST • David Tamowski, 58, was alone in the New Zealand bush for 10 days in April 2015.
2018 APPAREL GUIDE • GEAR PICKS AND TIPS
Outfitted • The year’s best new layers all point to one truth: No matter where you go, comfort is always in style.
Let’s celebrate mountains! • Join BACKPACKER, Big City Mountaineers, and hikers from around the country in climbing the summits we love–wherever they may be.
BACK TO BASICS • Lighten up with these simple tarp shelters.
SOLID FOOTING • When the trail leads to unfamiliar places, trust your boots to carry you through.
25th Anniversary Hall of Fame • We’ve tested thousands of products over the last quarter century, so we know a thing or two about gear. And, not surprisingly, we have favorites. Throughout this anniversary year, we’re recognizing perennial standouts with a special Hall of Fame Award.
No Sponsor: Natalie Larson, 34 • The California Coastal Trail needed a record, so she set one.
BADGES OF HONOR • For...