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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April 3, 2018

DIY Vanlife: How to Make a Sleeping Platform

Person putting duffel in van

Have you fantasized about taking off on an adventure, embracing the freedom of the road and sleeping comfortably in your car, wherever your tires take you? Whether it’s for a months-long trip or a weekend at the crag, this DIY sleeping platform will make your #vanlife dreams come true, thanks to a pullout design and […]

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March 27, 2018

How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

I recently returned from a camping trip with pockets bursting with single-use snack wrappers. As I shoveled it all into the garbage, I wondered how it was possible to generate more waste “roughing it” than I do in my city life. I wanted to do better so I consulted with three REI experts on how […]

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February 22, 2018

I Would But: I Am the Only Person of Color

Ambreen Tariq Hiking

How Ambreen Tariq, founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, is overcoming the “minority barrier” in the outdoors It was a chilly October morning. The kind where you see your breath for the first time that season. A light rain was falling as I crushed gravel under my hurried feet. I was about to go rock climbing for the […]

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February 9, 2018

Big Agnes Debuts a New Tent, Pad and Sleeping Bags

Big Agnes Tent

Lighter, comfier, better. It’s the gear we want this season Big Agnes is a company obsessed with getting you outdoors in comfort. The newest set of Big Agnes backpacking gear for spring—the Insulated AXL Air sleeping pad, Upper Slide and Katherine SL 20 sleeping bags and the Tiger Wall UL2 tent—definitely delivers on that mission. […]

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