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  1. Expert Advice
  2. Hiking
  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs

    Learn how to shop for trekking poles: You'll consider weight, price, shock absorption, shaft construction and the type of grip.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 1487 reviews
  2. Skills

    The Ten Essentials

    You’ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Bring these on every outdoor outing.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 1375 reviews
  3. Skills

    Meal Planning for Backpacking

    Plan snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for your next backpacking trip with helpful tips on calorie counts and types of food.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 1293 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Backpack

    Learn how to choose a backpack based on trip length and pack capacity, as well as fit, frame type and features.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 802 reviews
  5. Checklists

    First-Aid Checklist

    Our first-aid checklist for the outdoors includes wound coverings, medications, treatments, tools, personal care items and much more.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 743 reviews
  6. Skills

    How to Pack and Hoist a Backpack

    Learn the tricks for packing and hoisting your backpack, including ways to balance the load, organize gear and ensure essentials are handy.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 693 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hiking Boots

    Use our guide to find the right hiking boots for you. Includes expert tips from heel to toe and info on boot types, materials and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 613 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Pads

    Sleeping pads offer cushioning and insulation for sound sleeping. Learn about types of pads, insulation, R-value and other key features.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 598 reviews
  9. Skills

    Ultralight Backpacking Basics

    Ultralight backpacking done well can be safe and comfortable. Get tips on lightening up your Big Four items, plus water and food strategies.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 592 reviews
  10. Skills

    Hiking or Backpacking with Your Dog

    Learn the basics of hiking and backpacking with your dog including getting them ready, gearing up, food, water, and trail hazards to avoid.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 554 reviews
  11. Skills

    How to Lace Hiking Boots

    Increase comfort on the trail by learning simple boot lacing techniques that help you deal with heel slipping, pressure points and toe pain.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 542 reviews
  12. Care & Repair

    How to Break in Your Hiking Boots

    Learn how to break in a new pair of hiking boots so you can maximize your comfort along the trail.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 514 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

    Learn how to choose the best sleeping bag for backpacking based on bag temperature ratings, insulation type, bag shape and extra features.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 496 reviews
  14. Skills

    How to Size and Fit a Backpack

    Learn how to measure torso length and hip size so you can get the right backpack size. Then, learn to adjust the straps for an ideal fit.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 415 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Gaiters

    Gaiters come in different shapes and sizes. Learn how to choose and use gaiters for hikes, backpacking trips, glacier climbs and snowsports.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 414 reviews
  16. Care & Repair

    Sleeping Bag Care

    Learn how to wash, dry and store your down or synthetic sleeping bag. Get tips on care and repair in camp and at home.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 410 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Insoles

    Insoles for your boots or shoes can improve fit and alleviate foot problems. This article explains the basics on how to choose a pair.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 388 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Between a PLB and a Satellite Messenger

    Learn the difference between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and a satellite messenger, and which emergency signal device might be right for you.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 383 reviews
  19. Care & Repair

    How to Clean Hiking Boots

    With proper cleaning and care, your hiking boots will last you for many years and many miles along the trail.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 383 reviews
  20. Skills

    Leave No Trace Principles

    Learn about Leave No Trace Principles for protecting and preserving outdoor spaces so you can be a responsible hiker and camper.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 377 reviews
  21. Skills

    Backpacking With Your Period

    With a little knowledge (tampons vs. menstrual cups) and prep (bringing along a go kit), you won’t hesitate to head into the backcountry.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 365 reviews
  22. Skills

    Sleeping Tips for Campers

    Learn to sleep soundly in a tent—whether at a campground or in the backcountry—with tips on gear, getting ready for bed and staying warm.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 363 reviews
  23. Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

    Our comprehensive checklist for backpackers features required and optional gear, clothing and accessories.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 347 reviews
  24. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Water Filter or Purifier

    Learn about backcountry water risks, ways to treat water and factors to consider when choosing a filter, purifier or other treatment method.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 328 reviews
  25. Checklists

    Ultralight Backpacking Checklist

    We'll help you pack what you need so you can go faster, farther and lighter on the trail while still keeping an eye toward safety.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 315 reviews
  26. Skills

    Backpacking in Bear Country

    Before backpacking in an area where black bears or grizzlies live, learn what precautions you can take to protect you and the bears.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 308 reviews
  27. Skills

    How to Read a Topo Map

    A topo map is an indispensable navigational tool, but only if you know how to read it. In this article, we'll teach you the basics.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 266 reviews
  28. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

    There are many ways to cook a meal in the backcountry: Learn the pros and cons of different types of backpacking stoves and fuels.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 258 reviews
  29. Care & Repair

    Tent Care Basics

    Learn how to extend the life of your tent by proper setup and takedown; also get tips on how to clean, dry, store and restore it at home.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 248 reviews
  30. Skills

    Winter Camping Basics

    Get the tips and info you need about gear planning, clothing, food and shelter to make winter camping comfortable and enjoyable.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 241 reviews