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Hiking Skills Articles(46 results)

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    The Ten Essentials

    You’ll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need them. Learn what to bring on every outing.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 583 reviews
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    Backpacking for Beginners

    If you enjoy camping and hiking, take it to the next level with backpacking. Here's a primer on how to get ready for your first trip.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 77 reviews
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    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 4.25 out of 5 with 172 reviews
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    Backpacking Tips for Women

    Whether you’re a first-timer or veteran backpacker, find inspiration and tips from other women to help you prepare for your next trip.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 68 reviews
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    Backpacking Training Tips and Exercises

    Learn how to train properly for a backpacking trip: We'll cover training schedules, cardio workouts, training hikes and resistance training.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 176 reviews
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    Backpacking with Kids

    Follow these tips for introducing kids to backpacking and to help keep them excited about backcountry trips for years to come.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 31 reviews
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    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 106 reviews
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    Bear Canister Basics

    Planning a backpacking trip with a chance of bear encounters? Learn the pros and cons of bear canisters and how to use them correctly.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 77 reviews
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    Blister Prevention and Care

    Learn the conditions that cause blisters, how to prevent blisters from happening and how to treat them after they form.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 93 reviews
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    Cold-Weather Hiking Tips

    Cold-weather hiking doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Learn to have a good time with these clothing, gear, food, hydration and health tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 63 reviews
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    Food Storage and Handling for Campers and Backpackers

    Learn how to deter bears and other animals from raiding your camping or backpacking food; also get tips on proper food-handling hygiene.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 70 reviews
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    Hammocking Responsibly

    This article offers simple tips for hammocking responsibly so you can minimize the impact to your surroundings.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 31 reviews
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    Hiking for Beginners

    Hiking is simple but some basic knowledge is required: Learn how to choose a hike, what gear and clothing you need and other essentials.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 41 reviews
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    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 4.25 out of 5 with 283 reviews
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    Hiking with Infants, Toddlers and Kids

    Help your child develop a lifelong love of hiking with these tips to make sure they have fun and stay comfortable and safe on the trail.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 110 reviews
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    Hot-Weather Hiking Tips

    Learn how to have an enjoyable hike in hot weather with our advice on planning, clothing and health tips for hot-weather hiking.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 33 reviews
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    How to Build a Campfire

    Learn how to build a campfire when you’re camping or backpacking, as well as fire etiquette tips.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 67 reviews
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    How to Choose a Backcountry Campsite

    These backpacking campsite-selection tips will help you choose a site that's comfortable and meets Leave No Trace principles.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 51 reviews
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    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 5 out of 5 with 22 reviews
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    How to Go Hiking in the Rain

    Learn how to prepare for rain when you go hiking: Get tips on gear to bring, how to keep it dry and special concerns for wet-weather hikers.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 347 reviews
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    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 4.25 out of 5 with 85 reviews
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    How to Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

    Learn about altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 63 reviews
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    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 4.25 out of 5 with 284 reviews
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    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 out of 5 with 334 reviews
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    How to Plan a Backpacking Trip

    Learn practical tips for planning and organizing a backpacking trip, such as how to choose a destination and pack appropriately.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 27 reviews
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    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 3.75 out of 5 with 86 reviews
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    How to Set Up a Tent

    Learn how to select a good campsite and get tips on setting up your footprint, poles, rainfly and guylines when you’re pitching your tent.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 44 reviews
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    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 200 reviews
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    How to Train for Backpacking

    Get tips on getting fit for backpacking season, including gym workouts and outdoor exercises.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 20 reviews
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    How to Train for Thru-Hiking

    Thru-hiking takes mental and physical strength. Use our sample workout to train for your next big adventure.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 129 reviews