Hiking Know-How Index
By GORP Hiking Expert Karen Berger
Take a hike!
It sounds simple enough—until you wander around your local outfitters and find out that to buy a rain jacket, you've got to decipher words that sound like they belong on a college chemistry test: polypropylene, microfiber, Triple Point Ceramic, Sympatex.
But there's no reason to be intimidated—really! Our ancestors lived in the woods, on the tundra, by the seashore, in the rain forest, and on the plains, taking shelter in teepees, tents, caves, huts, and igloos. Living outdoors is in our blood. All that fancy stuff just makes it a little easier.
GORP to the rescue! Our hiking pages contain information from basic planning to mounting an expedition. We'll tell you how to plan the perfect weekend getaway—or stock up for a six-month thru-hike. Want to know how to hang a bear bag? Pitch a tent? Pack a backpack? We'll tell you—click below to find the hiking know-how you're looking for:
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