Hiking & Camping

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Hiking is growing in popularity, thanks in part to COVID-19 spurring more people into the outdoors. But before you head out on that trail, there are some 'trail etiquette' guidelines to be aware of.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

In the last few years, trail hiking has exploded in popularity in America. What sparked the increase, and is this a good thing?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus


The Boy Scouts of America will no longer include the word 'boy' in its official name. Opinions differ on the change.

By John Donovan

The National Park Service is considering making RSVPs mandatory for Zion National Park, as crowds have overrun the park.

By John Perritano

Catch up on those missing zzzz's by spending some time in the great outdoors.

By Kate Kershner

What does a Kiwi know about the American campfire classic, anyway? Well, he sure knows drama...

By Laurie L. Dove


Some rock climbers take the phrase "living on the edge" to its extreme. It's one thing to ascend steep, dangerous peaks -- it's another to sleep on a ledge. That's were a portaledge comes in.

By Jane McGrath

You don't have to be an astronomer to enjoy the stars. And if you love camping you can combine the two. Roughing it might give you your best view of the heavens.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

If you thought hiking during the day was adventurous, you should try nocturnal trekking! But is it safe? And where are the best night hiking destinations?

By Gerlinda Grimes

Sure, camping on the beach sounds awesome – until your dog and your partner plaster you against one side of the tent and a shell keeps jabbing you in the back. How can you turn this sleepless scenario around?

By Jessika Toothman


For many, camping means the earthy smell of the outdoors, sleeping under the stars and cookouts. Some, however, prefer colder weather and a snowy landscape for roughing it.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

It's summertime and the livin' is easy -- especially if you have three months off to frolic. Even if you don't, you can take advantage of these gorgeous camping spots.

By Allison Wachtel

Is there any truth to the old adage that extra weight carried on the feet is disproportionately more exhausting than weight carried on the torso?

By Akweli Parker

Every wilderness area has its own unique variety of dangerous critters -- and the desert is no exception. Here are a few you'll want to keep out of your sleeping bag.

By Christopher Lampton


Choosing the right backpack isn't so tough, really. You just need to take into account exactly how you'll be using it, what you plan to carry in it and how it fits your body.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Even if you're "roughing it," it's still nice to have a few of the comforts of home in the great outdoors. Here's a list of 10 you should pack.

By Garth Sundem

Camping with kids is all about keeping them safe and entertained. We'll show you how.

By Becky Striepe

One of the best parts about camping is the food, and there are some classic meals that were made for the outdoors. We've got 10 that will make you want to set up your tent and get a fire going.

By Brian Boone


Admit it: There's a nerdy part of you that relishes checking stuff off lists. So why not indulge your inner accountant -- and improve your odds of a safe, fun camping experience -- by scoping out these lists?

By Gerlinda Grimes

Sometimes, camping out is an uphill climb. Here are 10 tips for camping safely and enjoyably at high altitude.

By Gerlinda Grimes

Do you love camping but long for something a little different? Why not replace your sunny campsite with a blanket of snow?

By Thomas Moore

Think you can pitch your tent just anywhere? Think again. Which areas should you avoid, and what makes the perfect campsite?

By Clint Pumphrey


Does camping have to mean lugging a hefty stack of canned goods in your backpack? Cut down on weight and waste with some new alternatives.

By Alison Kim Perry

You wouldn't dance the Nutcracker in hiking boots and you wouldn't hike the Appalachian Trail in slippers. How can you protect your feet while you backpack?

By Garth Sundem