Backpacking and Hiking TrailHead


The goal at Backcountry Attitude is to showcase some of the most informative backpacking and hiking related sites in the outdoor community. The overall general theme is traveling and camping in a manner that minimizes impact on the outdoor environment.

Backpacking & Hiking Categories

Choosing a Backpacking Campsite | Backpacking In Bear Country | Navigation Skills For Hiking | Lightweight Backpacking | Low Impact Hiking & Backpacking | Recipes & Backpacking Food | Wilderness Survival Tips | Backpacking & Hiking Sites | Online Backpacking & Hiking Magazines | Outdoor Photography Tips

Choosing a Backpacking Campsite

an ideal backpacking campsite

We all hope that we can find the perfect backpacking campsite when we are ready to set up our camp at the end of the day. The campsite is an important part of the backpacking experience.

Most backcountry campsites are compromises of the "perfect campsite". A good camping site will have a minimum impact, will allow you to relax and enjoy your surroundings, and will be safe.

Remember... good campsites are found, not made.


Backpacking In Bear Country

backpacking In bear country Seeing a bear on a backpacking trip can be an amazing experience. Bears are a fact of life in many areas and we should be aware of bear safety topics and know how to deal with bears if we will be hiking thru bear country.

It is also very important to use a bear bagging system or other methods to protect your food from bears and other animals when backpacking.


Navigation Skills For Hiking

hiking navigation Navigation skills are extremely important for hikers and backpackers to learn. Knowing how to navigate with map and compass is an essential outdoor skill.

When hiking off of marked trails more than a general knowledge of map and compass is needed and backcountry navigation skills would be good to have. hiking switchbacks

One thing that some hikers seem to misunderstand is that some steep trails are purposely designed with zig-zags instead of going straight up or down. These switchbacks prevent trail damage from erosion by keeping the trail at a constant gradient. Taking short-cuts can damage the hiking trail.


Lightweight Backpacking

lightweight backpackingUltralight or lightweight backpacking is about prioritizing and simplifying your gear allowing you to carry less weight which in turn allows you to travel lighter and faster.


Low Impact Hiking & Backpacking

leave no traceWe all love our favorite backpacking spots. But the problem is that we are loving the outdoors to death.

It is up to us to do our part to protect the outdoors from overuse and abuse by practicing Leave No Trace methods & following the 7 Leave No Trace principles.


Use Fire Pans to Minimize the Impact of Campfires

fire pan Fire is one of the most destructive things that backpackers do when camping. Fire builders typically leave behind blackened rocks and unsightly coals. One of the easiest ways to minimize the impact of fires is to use a portable fire pan. A fire pan allows you to have a fire that doesn't leave behind any of the telltale signs of fire.


Biodegradable Camp Soap Can Pollute Water Sources

camp soapWhen camping or backpacking people with good intentions are using biodegradable camp soap thinking that it is good for the environment. What we need to help our fellow backpackers understand is that even biodegradable soap can pollute water sources.


Backpacking & Hiking Gear Colors To Reduce Visual Impact

backpacking gear colors You can reduce your visual impact by choosing natural earth tone colored gear to help you blend into the outdoor environment. Bright colors can be seen from miles away and give those who seek solitude a crowded feeling.


The Art of Hiking on Muddy Trails

hiking thru mud Seasoned backpackers that hike in a low impact manner most likely have a firm grasp on the Art of hiking on muddy trails. They stay on the trail even if it is muddy or wet because walking around the mud widens the trail and it becomes even muddier in the future.


Beach Hiking

beach hikingIt's not hard to limit our impact from footprints when beach hiking. We can easily reduce footprints by walking below the high water mark on beaches so waves will wash them away. Footprints in remote areas can make people backpacking feel crowded even if there isn't anyone around for miles.


Dune Hiking

dune hikingWhen backpacking or hiking in areas with sand dunes care must be taken to protect the fragile dune environment.

It is important when hiking on sand dunes to hike between the fragile dune grasses because vegetation that is trampled can take a long time to recover.


Protecting Trees When Camping

protect tree bark when camping Ropes from hammock camping or clothes lines can sometimes damage soft barked trees and girdle them from the pressure of rope pulling tight. Spare socks or bandanas can help protect tree bark from rope marks.


Tin Foil Foul-ups

tin foil does not burn.jpg Many campers believe foil packaging can be disposed of in a campfire. But contrary to popular belief aluminum or tin foil doesn't burn completely when placed into fire. Instead small, messy, non-biodegradable foil fragments are left behind. Foil should be packed out with other trash.


Camp Shoes For Backpacking

camp shoes for backpacking Camp shoes can be a foots best friend and are very useful to have when backpacking or camping. They let you air your feet out and relax by ditching your heavier hiking boots. Plus they are important because they can minimize impact in camp and reduce damage to fragile vegetation. Water or river shoes can also protect your feet when swimming or crossing streams.


Recipes & Backpacking Food

All backpackers love good backpacking recipes and lightweight trail food.


Wilderness Survival Tips

wilderness survivalA wilderness emergency could possibly happen to anyone hiking or backpacking. The best tip I could give anyone planning a hike would be to expect the best but be prepared for the worst. Wilderness survival and primitive skills would be very useful if you were ever lost or in a survival situation.

Adopting a survival attitude by maintaining a positive mental attitude is the biggest factor in surviving. You have to decide to live at all costs.

The next step for survival is to prioritize your survival actions and think carefully before doing anything.


Other Backpacking & Hiking Resources

There are quite a few high quality hiking and backpacking pages out there that provide a wide variety of general and specific information important to hikers and backpackers. Sites like The Backpacker and Backpacker Magazine are great resources among others.


Online Backpacking & Hiking Magazines

There are a handful of good online outdoor magazines that have free backpacking or hiking related content available. Some require a subscription to be able to have unlimited access but they still have worthwhile free articles.


Outdoor Photography Tips

The saying is to take only pictures, leave only the lightest of footprints, and bring home only memories. When hiking or even backpacking outdoor photography tips can help you remember your trips.

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