Backpacker is the source for backpacking gear reviews, outdoor skills information and advice, and destinations for backpacking, camping and hiking. Plan trips, download hikes, find gear, and learn outdoor and survival skills.

Backpacker is an American magazine first published in 1973 that is dedicated to hiking and adventure in the wilderness. The magazine offers information about trails all over the country, gear reviews, advice on survival skills, and articles about nature and the environment.

Backpacker is known well for providing information about popular and not so popular trails throughout the country. The magazines writers offer detailed information about national parks that have trails, difficult hikes suited only for expert hikers, and long trails that take weeks or even months to cover. Backpacker also provides trip reports submitted by both staff and readers to give actual perspectives of trails that maps alone cannot offer.

Each issue of Backpacker contains gear reviews and information about survival skills. Its annual gear issue offers readers a glimpse into all of the new gear that is available each hiking season, from shelters to stoves and water filtration devices. The magazines experts offer insight into essential survival skills like packing proper food, performing first aid on the trails, and navigating through unfamiliar country with limited equipment.

The writers at Backpacker have published countless articles about nature and the environment. One article instructs readers on what to do when caught in a bad storm while out on the trails. Readers are informed by articles that chronicle the ways in which climate change is affecting the wilderness areas that we all love to venture into and enjoy.

A subscription to Backpacker makes a great gift for anyone who is interested in hiking, whether they participate in local day hikes or cover trails like the Appalachian Trail, which spans hundreds of miles and takes months to complete. On our website, you can either order a new subscription for yourself or as a gift, or you can easily renew a subscription to Backpacker.


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