How-tos for the Backpacker

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
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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

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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

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Remove Mildew from Gear

How do you remove mildew from backpacks, waders, and other outdoor gear?

» Learn How to Remove Mildew from Gear

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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