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Backpacker

November/December 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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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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4 min.
meet the neighbors

I STARTLE AWAKE AT DAWN to the sound of heavy breathing an arms-length from our tent. Heart pounding, I bolt upright, ready to fend off sharp-toothed swamp monsters lurking under our chickee—a 10-by-12-foot wooden platform on stilts that serves as a personal island in Everglades National Park. But once I unzip the door, instead of an invading alligator, I spy two bottlenose dolphins circling, probably in search of snapper for breakfast. I breathe a sigh of relief, wonder replacing my worries, as I take in the 360-degree view of water reflecting the calm golden light of dawn. This chickee in Oyster Bay is our first overnight stop on a 50-mile circumnavigation of Whitewater Bay in the southern half of the Everglades. It’s my husband Rob’s dream trip: a week of canoeing…

1 min.
big trundle

Dear Exhilarated, First of all, it sounds like you might have some pent-up frustration. We’re here to talk if you need. Secondly, you’re right that rocks, trees, and ice fall all the time in nature. But that doesn’t mean rock trundling is an appropriate pastime—ever. Though you may delight in watching that stone tumble its way into oblivion, it’s causing all sorts of needless damage to plants, trees, animals, and their homes and habitats with every bounce. We hope you’ve had enough sense to trundle away from trails and campsites, but your antics nevertheless put other hikers at risk, too. DO THE RIGHT THING It’s time to swear off rock trundling for good. Instead, channel all of that smashing energy into a day of volunteering on a trail restoration project. You can swing…

10 min.
editor’s choice

BREATHABLE PUFFY The North Face Summit L3 50/50 Down Hoody Every alpine start brings the same choice: Begin cold and warm up, or leave camp comfortable but stop 5 minutes later to delayer. Here’s how to simplify your decision: Wear the L3 50/50. It’s warm enough that we wore it straight out of our tent in Montana’s Hyalite Canyon on a 15°F morning, but it moves air and moisture so well that we didn’t have to stop for a layer change as we kicked steps under a heavy pack with temps rising into the 30s. (Adaptability makes the price tag easier to swallow.) This jacket’s key is its baffles. Rather than use typical face and liner fabrics stitched into rows and filled with insulation, the L3 50/50’s baffles are separate tubes stuffed with…

50 min.
fgg

Shells HARDSHELLS BY ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN BEST PROTECTION Outdoor Research Archangel OUR TAKE Yes, it costs more than the lease payment on a new Tesla. But with the Archangel, you get what you pay for: On above-treeline ski tours, sleetsoaked climbs, and expeditions where a leak would be disastrous, it won’t let you down. Gore-Tex Pro, the company’s toughest and most-waterproof fabric, gets an upgrade this year with three versions that prioritize different qualities. This shell incorporates two of them: a stretchy panel across the upper back and lower half of the hood for mobility and the most breathable version everywhere else. Smart details like a three-way-adjustable hood with a brim, extended sleeves, and a long hem let us batten the hatches against rain on summits across New Hampshire’s Sandwich Range. THE DETAILS The Archangel proved airy…