Hiking & Camping

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The longest walk in the world is really a hypothetical journey because nobody is ever likely to complete it. We'll tell you why.

By Mitch Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 set out on a long road trip with no fuel or GPS. So you certainly shouldn't start a long hike without the proper gear, either. We'll show you five important things to bring.

By Chris Warren


Sure, you could munch on energy bars all journey long, but nothing beats a hot meal after a tough day on the trail. What tools do you need to cook it?

By Clint Pumphrey

Hiking a long trail like the Appalachian takes stamina and strength. We'll tell you how you can get fit and prepared to take on the trails.

By John Perritano

Want to reconnect with nature on a camping trip? Well you better know how to set up a campsite 'cuz things tend to get wild after the sun goes down.

By Mark Boyer

You're headed camping, and you're armed with the essentials: a tent, some munchies and your laptop. Wait, laptop?! For Internet-obsessed campers who want to have their wilderness experience (and surf the net), we've got 5 related gadget suggestions.

By Gerlinda Grimes


If you're going camping, you need to know how to keep a bear out of your tent. Learn about how to keep a bear out of your tent while camping in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Roof racks can give travelers some much needed space on their long road trips. But if you install a roof rack incorrectly or pack it too tightly, you’ll be chasing your unmentionables down the highway.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Fishermen are very serious about their craft, and they keep their gear in top condition. Whether they carry one rod or 20, getting their tools to their choice of fishing spot can take some maneuvering. You can just tie your rod to your roof and be off.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Everyone loves exploring the great outdoors … until hunger strikes. Nothing puts a damper on camping quite like a sad supper of beanie-weenies. Here's everything you need to know about packing, prepping and plating food for mealtime in the great outdoors.

By Natalie Kilgore


While part of the appeal of camping is "getting away from it all," that doesn't mean not planning any activities for your family to do together. If you're stuck for ways to keep them entertained, we've got some high-tech and low-tech pleasers.

By Laurie L. Dove

If you decide to take the family dog along on your next camping trip, you'll need to prepare a bit before the canine fun begins. What essentials will your dog need, and what kind of prep work is crucial on your end of the leash?

By Jessika Toothman