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2022 Summer Gear Guide


outdoor fitness

The Best Hiking Workouts for Every Fitness Level

Reality check: Hitting the gym is the quickest way to hike farther, easier, faster, and pain-free. Get into a routine—or take yours to the next level—with these smart workouts for three different levels.

The Best Hikes

Garden of the Gods

The Best Hikes in Colorado

Lace up your boots for a hiking destination that includes Rocky Mountain vistas, alpine lakes, wind-swept sand dunes, and memorable urban parks.

Backpacking Skills

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Learn How to Use a Compass and Never Get Lost Again

Make sure you never get lost again by mastering the underappreciated art of navigating with a compass and map.

Gear Round-Ups

Trail Guides

zion narrows hikers

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Zion Narrows

The Narrows at Zion National Park offers an incredible adventure in America's most amazing slot canyons. Here's how to safely explore them.

Survival Skills

How to Remove and Treat Thorns, Splinters, and Other Prick Wounds

Nature can be brutal. Learn how to to deal with wounds from all kinds of thorns, spines, splinters, shards, quills, needles, and anything else that might get under your skin when you’re on the trail.

Classic Destinations

Backpacking Gear

Long Trails


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Gaia GPS

Get off the beaten path, and stay found.

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Discover the best trails in the world.

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Outside TV

Unlock 600+ hours of ad-free films and series.



Out Alive Podcast

Out Alive

Real people who survived the unsurvivable


Impossible Odds

Impossible Odds

Two friends, 8,000 trail miles, one year

Featured Story

A.T. Phone Home: Backpacker Wants Your Appalachian Trail Stories

Have a tale from the AT? We want you to give us a call—literally.

From Grandma Gatewood‘s walk to Bill Bryson‘s misadventures to the Instagram hiking heroes of today, some of backpacking’s most compelling stories have originated on the Appalachian Trail. Whether it’s for 3 months or a weekend, everyone who sets foot on this path has their own tale: a bear encounter, a spectacular sunrise, or an unforgettable night with a shelter full of new friends. Now, Backpacker wants to help you tell yours. All you need to do is leave us a message.

This season, we’re highlighting ordinary AT hikers’ extraordinary stories. Here’s how it works: give us a call at 303-253-6424 and leave us a message with your name and a story from your section hike or thru-hike. Anything is fair game: we’re looking for your best moments, your worst moments, a story about your tramily, your favorite summit, an experience that got your pulse pounding, a tale about the friendly space alien you met along the way, or just how the trail has changed your perspective. We’ll pick our favorites and feature them on our Instagram and Facebook accounts for everyone to enjoy. Our only requirement: that it’s out of this world.

Tell us your Appalachian Trail story at 303-253-6424



Where will you share these stories?

We’ll share our favorite stories from A.T. Phone Home on Instagram and Facebook, and may also feature them on our site, podcasts, and other social media platforms.

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January/February 2022

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