Backpacker Magazine has long been a guide to the latest and greatest gear, trails, and techniques. The print magazine has been and remains a very good resource for beginners and experienced backpackers alike.
While perusing their website earlier I came across a section labeled Backpacking 101 and when I clicked on it, I found an excellent repository of articles specifically designed to help beginning backpackers to get started in the activity. The articles are broken down into sections with a specific focus, such as “getting in shape”, “essential gear”, and “staying warm and dry”. Under each of those sections you’ll find some excellent articles with information on how to navigate, finding the right gear for yourself, and even finding some great trails. There’s a lot more on the list as well, and I’m betting that even experienced backpackers will find some things to their liking.
Personally, I liked the section on food, as it’s always nice to have some new suggestions for food on the trail. The gear lists are good as well, with nice suggestions for what you should be carrying in weather conditions, terrane, and seasons. All in all, this looks to be a nice resource and hopefully they’ll continue to add to it in the future.
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