Hiking & Camping

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5 Pieces of Trail Advice to Keep You From Looking Like a Newbie

Hiking is wildly popular today, thanks in part to the coronavirus spurring more people into the outdoors. But before you head out on that trail, there are some 'trail etiquette' guidelines you need to be aware of.

The 'Wild' Effect? Why Hiking Is Surging in Popularity in the U.S.

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

Boy Scouts Gets New Name, Admits Girls, Keeps Evolving

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

Zion National Park Overrun by Tourists, RSVP May Soon Be Required

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

Spend a Weekend Camping to Sleep Better, Study Says

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

This Explorer Cooked S'mores in an Active Volcano, So We Asked Him About It

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

How Portaledges Work

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.

10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing

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.

How Night Hiking Works

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?

5 Tips for Getting Your Zzzs While You Camp

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?

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter

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.

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

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.

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

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?

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

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.

How to Select the Right Backpack

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.

10 Camping Comforts You Might Want to Bring

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.

How to Camp With Kids

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

10 Classic Camping Meals

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.

Essential Camping Checklist

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?

10 Tips for Camping at High Altitude

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

How to Camp in the Snow

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

How to Choose a Good Campsite

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

How to Prepare Food for Camping

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.

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet on a Backpacking Trip

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?

5 Items You Should Bring on a Long Hike

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.