How-tos for the Backpacker
Treat Your Water in the Backcountry
Don't touch that wild water until you've used at least one of these methods.
» Learn How to Treat Your Water in the Backcountry
Fit a Women's Pack
Finding the right pack for the feminine form can be a little tough. Here's how to get it right.
» Learn How to Fit a Women's Pack
Repair a Tear in Your Sleeping Bag
My son is a Boy Scout and had a very nice and somewhat expensive cold-weather sleeping bag from The North Face. He recently discovered a small tear in the nylon fabric. I am looking for advice about how to patch it.
» Learn How to Repair a Tear in Your Sleeping Bag
Remove Mildew from Gear
How do you remove mildew from backpacks, waders, and other outdoor gear?
» Learn How to Remove Mildew from Gear
Eat Well While Backpacking
I'm burned out on pasta and trail mix. What easy-to-make food should I take backpacking this summer?
» Learn How to Eat Well While Backpacking
Entertain at the Campfire
First, divorce yourself from any obligation to the truth. Southerners, though maligned for our deficiencies in other areas, are, without a doubt, the world's best storytellers.
» Learn How to Entertain at the Campfire
Take Care of Your Sleeping Bag
I'm a proud owner of a new 800-fill down sleeping bag. I want to make sure it stays clean and warm for years to come. What should I do?
» Learn How to Take Care of Your Sleeping Bag
Keep Your Sleeping Bag from Getting Damp Around the Feet
I just returned from Mt. Rainier where we experienced rainy, cold weather (not unexpected). I noticed my Marmot Couloir sleeping bag felt damp around the feet in the morning. Is there anything I can do to prevent this in the future?
» Learn How to Keep Your Sleeping Bag from Getting Damp Around the Feet
Ramp Up Sleeping Bag Warmth
My 12-year-old daughter gets very cold at night when we’re camping. What could we do to keep her warm and give us a peaceful night’s sleep?
» Learn How to Ramp Up Sleeping Bag Warmth
Shag on a Portaledge
So you've just climbed a 5.12 with a 10.0 and you're all sweaty and hot and ... OK, sometimes there's no avoiding getting it on in that tiny bit of elevated shelter.
» Learn How to Shag on a Portaledge
Reduce the Weight of Your Backpack
While preparing for a recent overnight backpacking trip in the Adirondacks, I was surprised at the weight of my loaded pack. Do you have any advice for reducing the weight of my pack for an overnight trip?
» Learn How to Reduce the Weight of Your Backpack
Prevent Condensation in Your Tent
Every time I wake up in my new Marmot Swallow tent the condensation is so bad that my sleeping bag and clothes get wet.
» Learn How to Prevent Condensation in Your Tent
Tie Your Gear Down
Climbers, Boy Scouts, and sailors may disagree, but the trucker's hitch—highly adjustable and capable of piano-string tightness—is the handiest knot on the planet.
» Learn How to Tie Your Gear Down
Cook a Great Meal in the Backcountry
On our life list of must-learn talents: cook a great meal in the backcountry.
» Learn How to Cook a Great Meal in the Backcountry
Stay Warm Winter Camping
A good sleeping bag is essential on winter trips, but often it isn’t enough. Here are a couple easy things you can do to stay warm.
» Learn How to Stay Warm Winter Camping