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Beginner Skills

Ready to take the leap from car camping and day hikes to overnight backpacking? Feel prepared for your first multi-day backcountry adventure with advice from our trail experts written specifically with the new backpacker in mind. We’ll teach you the beginner skills you need to plan your trip, pack appropriately, navigate the trail, hike with kids, set up your campsite, poop in the woods and more.

43 Essential Skills to Take Your Backpacking Trip to the Next Level

Backpacking really isn’t that complicated. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Bad weather. A heavy pack. Blisters. Bears. Hazards big and small can sabotage any trip. Avoid common mistakes with these 100 tips and tricks for planning, hiking, and camping, and make your first—or next—trek problem-free.


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