Back-country

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (06/06 - 06/12)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

News : Awesome Modified Subaru is King of Snow and Ice

I want to drive one of these monsters around this winter.  DC Shoes Co-Founder and Rally Team Driver Ken Block collaborates with Subaru to create the worlds fastest cat track operation automobile for backcountry access for snowboarding. Via Gaijtz: "Cat tracks and beefed-up ...more

How To : Ford/Cross a River Safely in the Backcountry

In this video tutorial, former Outward Bound instructor and mountaineering guide John E. Hiker demonstrates a basic technique for safely fording (crossing) a river. Typically, more hikers are killed each year from drowning while fording rivers than by bear attacks, falls, aval ...more

How To : Survive an avalanche

While the snow-covered mountains can be exhilarating, they can also be dangerous. Here's what to do to stay safe. You Will Need * An avalanche safety course * An avalanche beacon * A calm head * An Avalanche Airbag System Step 1: Take an avalanche course The best way to avoid ...more

How To : Build a Campfire in the Backcountry

In this video, John E. Hiker walks you through the basics of building a campfire at a cold winter campsite in Olympic National Park. John shows you step by step how to gather the best wood and light a fire using a fire starter. Fire starters are considered to be one of the "te ...more

How To : Practice proper horse-riding etiquette on the trail

Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen present this video tutorial on trail etiquette. Learn what to do when you meet horses on the trail. Watch this instructional video and learn the how to practice proper horse-riding etiquette while out on the trail.

How To : Preserve your hydration bladder or Camelback

Is your hydration bladder collecting mold? Here are 3 new solutions for common backcountry drinking problems--as explained by Backpacker editor-in-chief Jon Dorn. Learn more from Backpacker's Gear School in the March 2007 Gear Guide, and at www.backpacker.com/video.

How To : Use duct tape to help you on a hike

Duct (or Duck) tape is one of the most useful products for repairing things (and we mean anything) every invented. This video explains why and how you should bring a few feet of duct tape with you when you go for a long backcountry hike. By wrapping it around your trekking pol ...more

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