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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 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 in the East Fork River Valley on the Wind River High Route, Wyoming.

The Wind River High Route—A Journey in Photos

By Michael Lanza An elegant, high-elevation, multi-day walk through a magnificent mountain range is the stuff of dreams for many backpackers, and there may be no walk better than the Wind River High Route. Traversing a range with few equals by any measure—elevations, abundance of alpine lakes and glaciers, remoteness, length and breadth, or raw splendor—the WRHR embodies everything we …

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