For Beginners

10 Tips for Beginner Day Hikers

Group hikes are fun and organized hikes take the guesswork out of trip planning if you're unfamiliar with an area.

While SectionHiker is a backpacking blog, I also do an enormous amount of day hiking and like it because it can be such a social experience. Here are some tips that I provide day hikers who are just getting started and contact me seeking advice, to set them on the …

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Hiking Sun Protection

Hikers should protect themselves from the sun in all climates, not just the desert

How do you protect yourself from the sun when you hike? Describe your complete sun protection system including clothing and creams. Where do you use this system when you hike? Most Popular Searchesbest sun cover for hikinghiking skin protectorahiking sun protection

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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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Backpacking Stove Safety

George Cooking Dinner-in the Catskills

Backpacking stoves can greatly increase your comfort and safety on multi-day trips and in challenging weather conditions. There’s nothing like hot food at dinner to warm you up after hiking in the rain all day or hot coffee after sleeping in a shelter after a cold night. However, backpacking stoves …

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Lightweight Backpacking Makeover Video

Gossamer Gear Lightweight Backpacking Makeover

How would like to reduce your backpacking gear weight by 10 pounds without spending a lot of money? Interested? The key to doing this is to remove all the stuff you really don’t need or replace it with smaller, more compact alternatives. This in turn can make it possible for you …

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