Beginners

Are you a trail novice, backcountry beginner, or just starting a new outdoor activity? This is the place to get answers to your questions from veteran hikers, campers, and backpackers. Trailspace's Beginners Forum is a moderated forum open to anyone who wants to ask questions about and discuss basic backcountry practices and techniques.

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Water purification and 3 season tent recommendation 12 Ken Hammond
12:02 p.m. on Feb 13, 2016
by Bill S
Tomahawks: Pros and Cons 29 tracker clayton
7:53 a.m. on Feb 13, 2016
by tracker clayton
Father/Son early March 3-4 day hike recommendations 11 Ken Hammond
12:41 p.m. on Feb 11, 2016
by Ken Hammond
Patagonia R4 question 7 Chris S
9:59 a.m. on Feb 11, 2016
by hikermor
Why are my 3 season tents warmer than my 4 season one? 20 John Starnes
9:33 p.m. on Feb 4, 2016
by John Starnes
Trekking Poles 14 Gremlin
2:10 p.m. on Feb 4, 2016
by Mike aka Garage Sale
Winter backpacking 15 hikergammy
7:47 a.m. on Feb 2, 2016
by tracker clayton
Question About Water Purification 11 reelandtrigger
10:49 a.m. on Jan 23, 2016
by ppine
Can being military or other combat individual influence your camping? 14 tracker clayton
7:55 a.m. on Dec 26, 2015
by LoneStranger
What to wear during winter in college? 15 Chris S
9:53 p.m. on Dec 25, 2015
by TJ1984
midlife crisis !!?? 8 karl trevarthen
1:47 p.m. on Dec 21, 2015
by karl trevarthen
firearms 18 tracker clayton
8:29 a.m. on Dec 21, 2015
by Alicia
Correct size for women's sleeping bag - reg or long? 6 Leslie Jamison
9:07 a.m. on Dec 5, 2015
by Leslie Jamison
Crampons- School Me Please 27 Rob Keith
11:57 a.m. on Dec 4, 2015
by andrew f.
Beach & coastal hiking tips 15 Daniel Oates
3:01 p.m. on Dec 1, 2015
by trouthunter
Going down was the pits! I need suggestions, please. 16 i.go.slo.mo
6:58 p.m. on Nov 25, 2015
by Franco
Where would you go if you could go any place in the world? 22 Larry Jackson
9:52 a.m. on Nov 21, 2015
by ppine
Portable hot shower? 7 Alexander
2:05 p.m. on Nov 5, 2015
by BigRed
How to tell how warm? (Down jacket) 14 Lance Baden
2:52 p.m. on Oct 27, 2015
by Jake W
VE-24 6 Shahid Badhir
7:40 p.m. on Oct 26, 2015
by Franco
tarps and hammocks and DIYing. 11 Steve Flinn
7:38 p.m. on Oct 23, 2015
by EtdBob
Browning Big Horn 10 x 15 tent 3 Randy Swain
10:49 a.m. on Oct 1, 2015
by ppine
Trying to add Fourth season to backpacking 36 denis daly
1:01 p.m. on Sep 30, 2015
by denis daly
Ticks die in fall season? 4 Alexander
10:38 p.m. on Sep 26, 2015
by Brent Mills
Pretty cool! 6 Jake W
10:45 p.m. on Sep 23, 2015
by JRinGeorgia
Sidewalk - A Magazine for Hikers 13 Sidewalk
5:23 a.m. on Sep 23, 2015
by Joe Hanley
is mosquitos coil effective in keeping the bugs away from me? 11 Alexander
11:27 a.m. on Sep 10, 2015
by smithcreek
Starting back up again 7 BaldBohemian
8:03 a.m. on Sep 1, 2015
by BaldBohemian
A question for the experts - who can explain to me ... 25 Bill S
12:14 a.m. on Aug 17, 2015
by denis daly
Bear canisters/vaults 14 John Starnes
3:52 p.m. on Aug 3, 2015
by speacock
Emergency Beacon? 12 Alexander
7:04 a.m. on Jul 27, 2015
by denis daly
It is time for camping ,and any recommendations? 12 Adan Clinton
7:51 a.m. on Jul 16, 2015
by DrPhun
disposing of empty fuel canisters 5 MossBack
10:09 a.m. on Jul 3, 2015
by Bill S
Chance to take Master LNT Class next year.. 21 denis daly
2:17 p.m. on Jul 1, 2015
by denis daly
what do you use to waterproof tent fly? 3 Alexander
7:36 a.m. on Jun 30, 2015
by Alexander
Hiking and camping with the dogs. 10 David Muir
12:59 p.m. on Jun 18, 2015
by Bill S
Finally, a longer day hike 12 andrew f.
5:03 a.m. on Jun 17, 2015
by bobdelon
Hiking Teton Crest Trail with Children 6 jackie
8:51 a.m. on Jun 16, 2015
by GaryPalmer
Heavy Winter Coat? 10 dmouth19
4:05 p.m. on May 26, 2015
by andrew f.
foot care 10 andrew f.
7:22 a.m. on May 24, 2015
by LoneStranger
To Any Lady Hiker- Things to bring or not bring on overnight camping 5 jackie
3:54 p.m. on May 17, 2015
by G00SE
first time hicking in Scotland August Any Tips.. ? 5 J.S .G
3:46 p.m. on May 17, 2015
by G00SE
Bears problems on Grand Teton Crest Trail 6 jackie
10:59 a.m. on May 14, 2015
by GaryPalmer
Why do I get headaches with a heavy pack? 18 G00SE
1:39 a.m. on May 7, 2015
by Sebastian
Has anyone drank the 5 hr energy little beverage ? 14 Alexander
11:42 p.m. on Apr 27, 2015
by ppine
What knot/lashing to bind two poles like a "T" 19 -chase-
4:02 p.m. on Apr 26, 2015
by -chase-
Hiking Injuries 8 sophia martin
4:31 p.m. on Apr 19, 2015
by ppine
advice on solar charged power bank 6 Steven Mannerhaus
11:35 p.m. on Apr 18, 2015
by GaryPalmer
How to Poop in the Woods 3 GaryPalmer
7:21 p.m. on Apr 15, 2015
by Patman
A Dictionary of Common Gear Terms (from Backpacker.com) 3 Ashleigh
11:17 a.m. on Apr 14, 2015
by Ashleigh
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