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How to Select a Good Campsite

Andrew Skurka explains how to pick a good campsite

Selecting a comfortable tent site is a useful skill for all backpackers, regardless of whether you set up camp in a designated camping area or if you stealth camp in a natural, unprepared site. Here are some of the things that I look for when I’m evaluating different camping locations: …

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10 Tips for Beginner Backpackers

Buy a local guidebook to plan your hike and a waterproof map that you can carry in the backcountry

I get a lot of email from experienced day hikers and car campers who want to try backpacking and are looking for help on how to plan their first overnight backpacking trip. Here’s the advice I give them. 1. Buy a Local Guidebook and a Waterproof Map Buy a local guidebook to learn …

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Solo Car Camping Tips

Bring a tent that's much bigger than you need

I do a lot of solo camping before and after day hikes when I’m up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for the weekend. It’s a great way to save money, get a good night’s sleep between hikes, and get a little privacy to think. I know a lot of hikers …

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