Backpacker Fall 2020

Published nine times a year, Backpacker is a magazine of wilderness travel, offering practical, "you can do it, here's how" advice to help you enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear, and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips, each issue delivers foldout maps and stunning color photography.

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Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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meeting the moment

Hiking changes the world because it changes you. This may be the strongest belief I hold. A walk in the wilds lowers stress, deepens friendships, and transforms your perspectives and values. As Judith Kasiama, the backpacker on our cover says, “When I’m out hiking or skiing, I feel like I can just be. Being outdoors allows me to pause.” But that’s only if there’s a wilderness to enjoy and all people feel welcomed in it. BACKPACKER will always bring you inspiration and advice to help you get outside more. But when we take a hard look at how we’ve gone about accomplishing that mission, it’s clear we need to do a better job—both in our content and our operations. Climate change and racial equality are two of the main issues of…

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WILD AND WOOLY When Executive Editor Casey Lyons came out against synthetic fleece (pg. 24, May/June 2020), a number of readers asked us what they should wear in its place. The simplest answer: wool. While it’s usually more expensive than synthetic fabrics, wool is comfortable, insulates when it’s wet, and—unlike synthetic fleece—doesn’t shed microplastics in the wash. If you’re looking to stock your closet with something more eco-friendly, start with these favorites. BUDGET PICK Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Sweater You can press any wool sweater into trail service. This one is cheap, soft, and looks good. $40; EDITORS’ CHOICE Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Fleece Hoodie This alpaca piece is soft enough to wear over a T-shirt, but hefty enough for ski season. $137; MASS A-PEEL As we told a reader in our May/June issue…

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1 find solitude by the sea

The Pacific Coast as nature built it—that’s what you’ll find on the 24.6-mile Lost Coast Trail, which traces one of the few remaining stretches of pristine shoreline left in California. The edge of the Kings Range tumbles right down to the water in a melee of cliffs and steep hills, providing a rampart against far-off cities and sprawling suburbs. Most of the trail is right at the shoreline, with a few stretches of tumbled boulders that are impassable at high tide; carry your tide tables with you, and pay attention to the water. Every campsite on the route comes with nightly views of golden sunsets over the Pacific; catch one from this prime spot at the mouth of Cooksie Creek, 2.5 miles from the northern trailhead at Matthole Beach. PERMIT…

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2 return to the wild

THE STACCATO CALLS BLARE OUT of the mist, startlingly loud. We scan what little we can see of the wide valley for the source of the noise. It sounds prehistoric, a remnant of a wilder epoch, which perfectly describes what we’ve seen so far: To explore the far northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park is to travel back in time. In early fall, the roads through this part of the park are as busy as you’d expect. Herds of tourists gather to observe herds of bison, elk, and antelope from the road that winds through the Lamar Valley, while fly fishers line the waterways. But my hiking partner and I wanted to escape the crowds for a true Yellowstone backcountry experience, where we could find the spirit of America’s first national…

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3 live on the edge

The cliffs of Big Bluff soar more than 500 feet to this view above the Buffalo River, one of the very few undammed waterways left in the Lower 48. Congress designated it a National River in 1972, protecting its free-flowing 135 miles under the national park system, and putting a permanent stop to repeated efforts to dam it. The bluffs are made of limestone, sandstone and shale that were once an ancient seabed. Reach this cliff side perch on the Centerpoint and Goat Trails, a 6-mile round trip from the Centerpoint trailhead. The Goat Trail branches off at mile 3.2, following a ledge carved into the cliff face to this view from Big Bluff. The views out over the river and surrounding hills are impressive all along the Goat Trail,…

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4 nāpali coast

KAUAI, HAWAII THE INSIDER Alan Carpenter has worked for Hawaii State Parks for 30 years, doing archeological surveying, mapping, and historical research along the coast. Between work and play, he says he’s spent “probably a year’s worth” of nights on the Nāpali Coast, mostly hiking the Kalalau Trail and its offshoots up the valleys. Like many locals, Carpenter views the area as more ancestral landscape than recreational playground. “Underneath that mantle of green is a magnificent cultural land that is extremely important to Native Hawaiians,” he says. His hope is that visitors will treat it with respect for both its natural and social significance. FALLING WATER A veil of water plunges 300 feet from a lip of volcanic rock before foaming into an emerald pool; Hanakapi’ai Falls, considered by many one of the most…