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How does it compare against the competition? A guide finds out.

Follow these steps to spend less time stressing over the details and more time on the trail

Find the trail runners that work best off-trail and in mixed conditions

Get off-trail just a couple hours' drive from Denver and the Front Range

Here's how to use Gaia GPS to save your route so you never get lost again

Here's how to assess when it's safe to do so

The new men's Saxx Kinetic HD Briefs got a serious upgrade from the previous model—and they're way better for high-output activities

It's an upgrade on my previous favorite, the Iota, and my new go-to for backpacking and trail running

A checklist of essential skills, concepts, and definitions

Your mindset is your most important tool in the backcountry

How to build a system of equipment that will offer direction in wild landscapes

What types to bring, where to find them, and how to make your own

The Alpine Carbon Corks aren't cheap, but they're the best collapsible poles for rugged use

A recipe for the backcountry, designed by a high-end chef

And it's a hundred times better than an energy bar

A step up in waterproof-breathable performance

An ideal shoe for high-altitude adventure runs

This handheld, flavor-filled burrito will warm up the coldest campsite morning

After nearly a month of testing in Alaska and Yosemite, the shelter can best be described as a guilty pleasure

An ideal quilt for summer and fall in the Mountain West

When you spend months each year in the backcountry, things are bound to go wrong eventually

On-the-ground info to keep you safe in the backcountry

I've spent almost two months testing this tough midweight load hauler. Here are my impressions.

The best way to deal with the wild winter's lingering snowpack

Gear hacks for a good backpacking trip when the weather goes bad

My first backpack trip of 2019 is this month. These are the critical and interesting items that I'm taking with me.

Soft, breathable, and light—ideal for running and backpacking in cool temperatures

Perfect (but pricey) underwear for long days on the trail

New to backpacking, or never been? Make your next trip (or your first) a success by answering these questions beforehand.

How will a snowy winter affect your summertime high-country plans in the High Sierra and southern Rockies?

It's so good that you'll start making it at home, too

You're probably doing it wrong. And even if you aren't, it won't work anyway.

Food is heavy. Don't carry it for miles while backpacking just to let something else eat it.

A bear's sense of smell is seven times better than a bloodhound's. Outsmart them with this food-storage bag.

A legit flagship watch, but it needs a firmware fix

Poles seem simple, but they're an important part of your hiking or backpacking kit. Here are our all-time favorites.

These are an absolute joy to use, despite some inherent limitations

A solid budget-minded option, so long as you can tolerate the infuriating keyboard

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