Backcountry Skills & Tips

Explore this page for information on Leave No Trace camping, backcountry skills, first aid, and other useful tips to help you during your wilderness adventures.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics - Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb.
Leave No Trace Skills - From
Backcountry Dishwashing - A slide show from Backpacker Magazine showing how to wash dishes and dispose of wash water.
BSA Fieldbook - A great reference for outdoor advenutes.
Be a Mileage Monster - Exercises and fitness tips to get you in shape for your next backcountry adventure.
Backpacking 101 - Trip-planning, gear lists, safety advice and other wilderness wisdom.
Backcountry Skills - A collection of tips from Backpacker Magazine.
Survival 101 - From the editors of Backpacker Magazine. A collection of videos with backcountry skills like knot tying and information on how to handle a variety of emergencies.
Backcountry Navigation - How to navigate in the backcountry in any condition or terrain.
How to Orient a Map - Orient your topographic map using a compass and the surrounding terrain.
Map & Compass Skills - A good introduction from the Princeton University Outdoor Action program.
How to do Everything - The best of Backpacker Magazine...
Camp Stove Pizza - Need we say any more?
Bear Bag Tips - From Princeton University's Outdoor Action Program and The Backpacker's Field Manual
The "Bear-muda Triangle" - Campsite setup recommendations from Philmont Scout Ranch.
Layering - A video with suggestions for a layered clothing system for the outdoors.
Backpack Shopping - Video tips on how to select a backpack from Philmont Scout Ranch.
Fitting a Backpack - Good suggestions on fitting your internal frame backpack.
Tips for Choosing a Sleeping Bag - A guide from the editors of Backpacker Magazine.
Pack Like a Pro - How to select gear and pack for the long haul...
Packing Your Backpack - Video tips on how to pack your backpack.
Backpack Strap Adjustment - Video on how to adjust your backpack straps on the trail.

Treat a Blister - Learn how to fix this common hiking ailment correctly. 

Banish Blisters - Simple treatments to prevent and treat blisters.
Backpacker First Aid Center - First aid and emergency information from the editors of Backpacker.
From Backpacker Magazine and the founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute.