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.
A Radical Act
TRAILCHAT • Your opinions, photos, and feats
1. Hike a Grander Canyon
2. Feliz Belize • Venture through the world’s oldest jaguar preserve to Victoria Peak in a vibrant Central American jungle.
3. PCT Permit Update
4. Hidden Wonders
5. Hiker Forecast • Your guide to where’s good this season.
6. Explore a Moonscape
7. Savor It: Snowshoeing • Going slow on the snow can help you relish the smallest details.
8. Find Rare Snow • Strap on your snowshoes and step into one of these unexpected winter destinations.
9. No Shame in Your Terrain 10. Choking Out Sequoia • Online bullying isn’t going to make our public lands better.
11. Snowshoe To Paradise
12. Shifting Landscapes
13. The Country's Best Hiking Clubs
14. Turn Up the Heat 15. Winter Camping
16. Winter Wonderland 17. Reading Snow
the thru-hiker's handbook • Plan, fuel, and train your way to your long-distance goals. Plus: Practice mindful hiking, boost your sleeping bag’s warmth, and indulge your sweet tooth with three delicious dessert recipes.
Food is Fuel • Power your thru-hike with the right meals, snacks, and resupplies for the long haul.
find the perfect pace • Hike with efficiency, speed, and intention, and you’re sure to accomplish your thru-hiking goals. Here’s how to plan your pace and fight lollygagging tendencies to reach the terminus before winter does.
Train for the Trail • When prepping for a thru-hike, backpackers should focus on strengthening the glutes and core as well as the legs, says Omega Zumpano, an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer. “Core and glute strength not only increases dynamic stability, but it also helps boost power output,” she says.
mindfulness on the trail • A strong body helps you get out into nature, but a well-trained mind makes the time count. Use these three exercises to derive more rejuvenation from your next hike.
train up to trail legs • Can our writer get in the best hiking shape of his life—without hiking?
decadent desserts • Just because you're packing in dinner shouldn't mean you have to skip the best course. These sweet treats are well worth the extra ounces.
warm up, bed down • Camping in the cols? Boost your sleeping bag's performance with these tips to stay cozy all night- and winter-long
off track • “On my last backpacking trip on the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park, fresh autumn snow covered most of the trail, making it difficult to follow the well-traveled path. I got off trail and ended up hiking through fragile alpine meadows that were only covered by 4 to 6 inches of snow. I know it takes years for meadows to recover and I feel terrible that I might have done damage to them.”
pinned to a mountain • Mountaineers Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy (39), Vasily Aushev (35), Constantin Toporov (37), and Rus Khasbulatov (33) survived a days-long storm on Mt. Rainier in June 2019. As told by Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy to Corey Buhay
tooling around • We tested 39 knives and multitools to whittle the field down to the best options for every hiker. Plus: Dial in an ultralight thru-hiker kit, pick the right satellite communication device, and more.
tools of the trade • For backcountry chores, these seven knives and multitools will have you covered for slicing, dicing, paring, chopping, repairing …...