July 2, 2018

Car Camping Recipe: Dutch Oven Ratatouille

Dutch Oven Ratatouille

Picture this scene: The sun is starting to set and you’re hanging out around the campfire. You casually chop up some vegetables, set your Dutch oven over the coals, saute an onion and some garlic, then dump the rest of your vegetables in with a can of tomatoes. You cover it with coals and then […]

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June 19, 2018

How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Appalachian Trail valley

At nearly 2,​190 miles long, the Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through 14 states, eight national forests, six national park units, and countless state parks, forests and game lands, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Thru-hiking this national scenic trail is a dream for many. And if it’s a dream for you, you know the importance […]

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June 15, 2018

Trailheads: Backpacking

Getting out for your first backpacking adventure can feel daunting, but it is easier than it looks. Learn about the Ten Essentials, Leave No Trace, and other backpacking basics with Anna and Colin. Learn more backpacking and camping skills! Beginner's ...
May 24, 2018

DIY Van Life: Build Your Own Kitchen and Storage

People preparing food in a van retrofitted with a kitchen.

[Editor's note: This story is part of our van life collection—articles that offer do-it-yourself projects, tips and hacks for retrofitting your adventure mobile for life on the road. Be sure to check out how to create a sleeping platform for your van.] A nomadic lifestyle offers freedom and spontaneity, but it’s much more enjoyable when […]

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May 24, 2018

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Backpackers along the South Rim

A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry.  There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]

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May 22, 2018

The REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Wins Coveted Backpacker Hall of Fame Award

On the 25th Anniversary of Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, the team behind the recommendations and evaluations you've come to depend on are announcing the Hall of Fame Awards. The REI Co-op Half Dome 2+ will be forever enshrined in this place of honor as one of the best tents around. “When the Half Dome 2 […]

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May 17, 2018

Backpacking Vegetarian Lentil Chili Recipe

backpacking chili

It isn’t too difficult to make your own vegetarian backpacking meals, but incorporating enough protein into them can be a challenge. Protein is a critical macronutrient that helps facilitate muscle repair. You might be able to overlook it on a quick overnight, but over the course of a longer multi-day hike, your muscles will start […]

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May 14, 2018

9 Ways You’re Camping Wrong Without Even Realizing It

Two people camping

After figuring out how to set camp up in under 20 minutes, cook things in the backcountry that actually taste good and manage avoiding blisters while hucking a large pack around, we all feel like backpacking experts. However, there are a few things that can evade even the most skilled backpackers. Check this list and […]

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April 19, 2018

Backpacking Recipe: Dehydrated Risotto with Spring Vegetables

backpacking meal

Risotto is one of our favorite comfort meals. It’s rich, creamy, and adaptable to any season. While we can have it any time of the year, spring is when we crave it most. It’s still kind of chilly out, so we want something that’s going to be filling and hearty. But at the same time, […]

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