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Hit The Trail
Hiking / Camping / Backpacking

Activity Guide

Pack up your backpack. Load up the car. Lace up your boots. Whether backpacking or car camping, going for a nature stroll or bagging a peak, amazing days await you on the path ahead. Just put one foot in front of the other, and hit the trail.

Favorite Destinations

From volcanic mountains in Chile to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, check out these amazing locations around the world.

Pucon, Chile - A sense of mystery shrouds hikers threading their way through dense, primeval forests
Pucon, Chile - Deep forests give way to low grasses followed by volcanic soils where only the hardiest vegetation survives
Pucon, Chile - Glacier-fueled waterfalls refresh sun-weary trekkers only a short distance from the beaten path
Pucon, Chile - Caught somewhere between the moon and Montana, alien topography extends to the western horizon
Pucon, Chile - Sounds of water and wind are part of embracing the remote reaches of the District
Pucon, Chile - Even traveling in a group, there’s a place for solo sorties to stretch pack-weary legs
Pucon, Chile - Beyond the nearby hills are dusky volcanoes, 100 miles distant to the northwest
Pucon, Chile - A distant speck, a fellow hiker, adds perspective to an early evening sky
Pucon, Chile - High altitude jet contrails are no match for the torch-like volcano, now five weeks removed from a major eruption
Pucon, Chile - Between emerging stars, glowing tents and ever-present simmering volcano, nighttime is filled with captivating illumination
Pucon, Chile - How small we are, how wondrous the cosmos revealed by distant galaxies and the rich, flowing Milky Way
Pucon, Chile - Sunrise warms the group into preparing for another day of stark contrasts and subtle variations in nature
Pucon, Chile - Villerica provides navigational assurances despite the formidable distance between us and the cone
Pucon, Chile - Monkey puzzle trees defy logic with seemingly endless, random branches to hold five lifetimes of Christmas ornaments
Pucon, Chile - Extraordinary bird life such as this woodpecker counters the reverent stillness of forests situated well beyond civilization
Pucon, Chile - Taking to the water in a drift boat, another element of the Lake District challenges anglers to reach trout and salmon
Pucon, Chile - The spring-fed Liucura River drops to forty feet with clarity that makes boats look suspended in mid-air
Pucon, Chile - A worthy adversary, returned to challenge others and pass their wild spirit on to their offspring
Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

If prepared even moderately well, meals cooked when camping seem more satisfying than those fixed at home. A well-matched camp stove makes the plein air experience enjoyable, even downright delightful.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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The Danner Difference: 85 Years in the Making

The Danner Difference: 85 Years in the Making

Accomplishing the Danner boot fabrication process takes nearly 100 people holding the line.

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Reviewed Products

Adventures big and small require proper and reliable gear. Have a look at some of the products we used at base camp and on the trail.

Gregory Stout 45

Elegant styling balances the duty-ready performance of the Stout 45, yet another winner from Gregory.

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Eagle Creek Women’s Deviate 60L

A travel friendly hybrid pack complete with anti-theft features and a removable 15L daypack, the Deviate encourages you to journey far from the beaten path.

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Big Agnes Rattlesnake 2 mtnGLO

Rattlesnake’s a good example, as newfangled L.E.D. lighting technology achieves reliability inside this 2-person, 3-season tent.

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Lifestraw Water Filter

A great backup. At only 2 oz., the LifeStraw can your sooth your back and give you peace of mind.  You might want to plug your nose as you sip from some of the pools in the desert, but at least your GI tract with stay intact.

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KEEN UNEEK - Women's

Boots off. KEEN UNEEKS on. Testers in Pucon jettisoned their heavier footwear in favor of paracord perfection.

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Eagle Creek Women’s Deviate 60L

A travel friendly hybrid pack complete with anti-theft features and a removable 15L daypack, the Deviate encourages you to journey far from the beaten path.

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Black Diamond First Light

FirstLight’s NanoShield wall fabric and 2000mm floor take sleet storms and snowdrifts in stride with mesh vent panels to minimize interior condensation.

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Voormi High-E Hoodie

A trio of technologies mean superior weather resistance without sacrificing a softer hand and flowing fit: the tech being Dual Surface Precision Blended Wool, Surface Hardened Thermal and Technical Wool.

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BioLite Camp Stove

Pick your fuel right and this one fires up fast and hot. Testers in Chile’s Lake District experimented with a variety of tinder-sized woods and weeds to balance quantity against quality.

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KEEN UNEEK - Men's

Boots off. KEEN UNEEKS on. Testers in Pucon jettisoned their heavier footwear in favor of paracord perfection.

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Mountainsmith Apex 80

For the money, you'd be hard pressed to find a full-featured expedition-style pack that carries as comfortably as the Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack.

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Hiking Boots Buyer's Guide

Hiking Boots Buyer's Guide

From weekend jaunt to transcontinental push, your goals are easily supported by solid footwear choices unavailable a dozen years ago

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The Danner Difference: 85 Years in the Making
The Danner Difference: 85 Years in the Making

Accomplishing the Danner boot fabrication process takes nearly 100 people holding the line.

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Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

If prepared even moderately well, meals cooked when camping seem more satisfying than those fixed at home. A well-matched camp stove makes the plein air experience enjoyable, even downright delightful.

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Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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The Danner Mountain 600 Challenge

The Danner Mountain 600 Challenge

Active Junky testers continue to take Danner’s latest model to task across varied terrain and weather conditions.

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