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Hiking articles explore ways to stay fit and see the natural world. Discover the world of hiking and camping in this channel.

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10 Family Camping Hotspots

If your family is the type to hit the open road with a tent and backpack full of trail mix, you'll love this list of 10 gorgeous camping destinations. Head out West for amazing sights and experiences. We'll help you plan your trip.


Test Your Knowledge: Famous Hiking Trails Quiz

 Test Your Knowledge: Famous Hiking Trails Quiz

Are you a hiking expert? Test your knowledge of the world's famous hiking trails with our quiz. See more »

How Portaledges Work

 How Portaledges Work

Portaledges allow adventurous hikers to sleep on a ledge. Find out how portaledges work. See more »

10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing

 10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing

Star gazing is an activity that marries well to camping in the great outdoors. Learn about 10 ideal camping spots for optimal star gazing. See more »

How Night Hiking Works

 How Night Hiking Works

Night hiking is even more adventurous than day trekking. But is it safe? And where are the best night hiking destinations? See more »

5 Tips for Getting Your Zzzs While You Camp

 5 Tips for Getting Your Zzzs While You Camp

How can you get sleep while camping? Learn tips for getting more sleep while you camp. See more »

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter

 10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter

What are the best places to camp in the winter? Learn about our favorite 10 places to camp in the winter. See more »

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

 10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

Where should you go camping in the summer? Learn about our 10 favorite camping destinations for summer. See more »

Does one pound off your feet really equal five pounds off your back?

 Does one pound off your feet really equal five pounds off your back?

Does one pound off your feet really equal five pounds off your back? Find out whether one pound off your feet equals five pounds off your back. See more »

5 Critters to Beware Of While You're Camping in the Desert

 5 Critters to Beware Of While You're Camping in the Desert

Every wilderness area has its own variety of dangerous critters. Learn which creatures you should avoid while camping in the desert at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Select the Right Backpack

 How to Select the Right Backpack

Camping and hiking can be uncomfortable pursuits. You're Odds are, you aren't named Dora so you can't unleash your inner explorer with a magic backpack filled with everything you might need while out on the trail. You're going to have to do some rese ... See more »