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Know Your Blade

There’s a proper knife blade for just about every job. Here’s a guide to knife blade shapes to prepare for your outdoor adventures, survival...

When to Replace Your Climbing Rope

Your life depends on the health of your climbing rope. After heavy use you might start to consider retiring it, but knowing exactly when that time...

How to Make a Shot Ski

Shot skis are a guaranteed hit at the apres (or any other) party. Here's a list of tools and instructions for making a shot ski in an afternoon.

How to Build Your Own Basement Bouldering Wall in 10 Steps

When you can't get to the crag, the climbing gym is great. When you can't get to the gym, a home bouldering wall is awesome. Here are the tools,...

How a Beacon Search Works

What are the elements of a beacon-aided avalanche rescue, and how are the beacon, probe, and shovel used?

How to Choose and Use a Fitness Tracker

Which fitness tracker is right for you? This article looks at the metrics tracked by the most popular wearable tech to help you determine exactly...

Essential Gear for Splitboarding

Learn what you'll need to get started on backcountry snowboarding, or splitboarding. Covers differences in splitboards, Voile and Karakoram...

How to Choose a Whitewater Kayak

This whitewater kayak buying guide looks at all types of kayaks, sizes and design features to help you determine which is best for your next...

20 Uses for a Ski Strap

The Backcountry.com community has come up with some great uses for the trusty ski strap; here we list 20 of them.

Build your Ski Mountaineering Kit

Combine all your gear for backcountry skiing or splitboarding with the basic essentials of climbing, and you’ll have an equipment list for tackling...

Low-Impact Camping Principles

Practicing "leave no trace" ethics on the trail and at camp will help leave the wilderness unspoiled for wildlife and for other adventurers. Here...

Tips for Camping With Kids

Camping and backpacking with your kids is a great way to get them excited about the outdoors. Here are some tips to make sure everything goes...