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A backpacker descending toward Granite Creek on the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

A Good Time to Buy Hiking and Backpacking Gear? Right Now

By Michael Lanza If you’ve been thinking you need (or want) a new backpack, tent, boots, sleeping bag, rain shell, down jacket, or some other piece of hiking or backpacking gear or outdoor apparel, right now is one of the two or three best times of year to grab good deals. Most brick-and-mortar and online retailers are holding major sales, …

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A backpacker below Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park.

10 Adventures to Put on Your Bucket List Now

By Michael Lanza Are you looking for great trip ideas for your personal “bucket list?” Well, you’ve clicked to the right place. This freshly updated list spotlights 10 of the best backpacking and other trips in the U.S.—from Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier (photo above), Sequoia, Canyonlands and Yellowstone national parks to the Teton Crest Trail and a few adventures on …

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A backpacker on the Tonto Trail in the Grand Canyon.

The Best Backpacking Gear of 2020

By Michael Lanza The Wonderland Trail. The Teton Crest Trail. Yosemite. The Grand Canyon. Glacier National Park. The Ruby Crest Trail. Yellowstone. The Wind River Range. The North Cascades. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. The High Uintas Wilderness. The Tour du Mont Blanc and Spain’s Picos de Europa Mountains. These are just some of the numerous places where I’ve tested the backpacking …

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A backpacker on the Fisher Creek Trail in North Cascades National Park.

Review: 22 Essential Backpacking Gear Accessories of 2020

By Michael Lanza Sure, your backpack, boots, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, and other backpacking gear matter a lot, and you should put serious thought into your choices when buying any of them. But little things matter, too. Various necessary accessories, convenience items, and small comforts accompany me on backcountry trips. A quarter-century of field-testing gear—as the lead gear reviewer …

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