Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking and Backpacking
We Can All Learn Something from John Muir
Set to a John Muir quote, narrated by none other than mountain climber Lou Whittaker—outdoor films don't get better than this.
A Swedish Trekking Tradition Comes to America
The annual Fjällräven Classic is a trek tradition that the gear manufacturer has brought to Colorado for the first time
Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado's High Country
As good as the fishing was, this trip was more about breaking away from life's breakneck pace and living in the moment, which is a lot easier to do in the mountains.
What Gear Do I Need for a Big Thru-Hike?
By the time Pacific Crest Trail hikers reach Ashland, Oregon (where I live), they've walked either 1,706 miles, if they're heading north, or 844 miles southbound. Either way, they've spent a long time on the trail and have been forced, by necessity, to dial in their kit. To glean some gear tips, I went to the trailhead last week and chatted with a handful of the hikers.
What's the Best National Parks Gear?
We’ve been celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday all year at Outside, and many of our favorite outdoor gear brands have joined the party. Here are seven pieces of gear that not only commemorate but, in most cases, also help support these important public resources.
The Fjällräven Classic USA
The 12-year-old Swedish trekking tradition comes to the United States with the goal of getting more novice backpackers into the wilderness
In Defense of Trail Angels
Outsiders plying thru-hikers with sodas and chicken wings might appall purists, but trail magic is here to stay—and that's a very good thing
The Perfect Après Kit for Fall
Everything you need to relax after a day of romping around in the mountains
The Fall's Best Backcountry Kitchen. Plus: Our Favorite Recipes and Trail Bars.
All the ingredients and gear you need for real meals on the trail
The Great Trail Debate: Why Wilderness Needs More Trails
Should we ban the construction of any more trails into the wilderness? Robert Moor, author of the new book, 'On Trails,' says we should build more.
The Great Trail Debate: Stop Making Trails
Should we continue blazing trails into wild places? Kenneth Brower doesn't think so.
What ‘Buddymoon’ Gets Right and Wrong About Hikers
The shoestring-budget comedy is hipster fun in the backcountry, but sometimes takes the easy path
Finally, Astronaut Ice Cream for the 21st-Century Backpacker
All organic, adult-palate-approved ice cream that melts in your mouth, not in your backpack—sold by a guy living out of his van
The 6 Best Photographers Hiking the PCT Right Now
No indulgent selfies or boring landscapes here. These Instagram accounts showcase the trail like you've never seen it before.