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  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 1576 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 1512 reviews
  3. 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 870 reviews
  4. 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 807 reviews
  5. 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 727 reviews
  6. 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 637 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 633 reviews
  8. 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 625 reviews
  9. 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 573 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 570 reviews
  11. 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 528 reviews
  12. 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 516 reviews
  13. 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 447 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 439 reviews
  15. 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 439 reviews
  16. 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 416 reviews
  17. 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 414 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 408 reviews
  19. 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 389 reviews
  20. 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 381 reviews
  21. 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 342 reviews
  22. 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 332 reviews
  23. 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 317 reviews
  24. 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 301 reviews
  25. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 292 reviews
  26. 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 269 reviews
  27. Skills

    How to Go Backpacking in the Rain

    With the right mindset, a rainy backpacking trip can be fun. Get tips on wet-weather risks and gear, and how to keep things dry.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 266 reviews
  28. 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 263 reviews
  29. Skills

    How to Go to the Bathroom in the Woods

    Before you gotta go, make sure you know where to go and how to Leave No Trace when you do.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 253 reviews
  30. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Headlamps

    Our guide to headlamps helps you understand light output, beam distance, run time, size and weight so you can choose the right one for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 246 reviews