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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When lacking experience or familiarity should you carry more or less? 20 John Starnes
10:35 p.m. on Jul 29, 2016
by John Starnes
Mountain Climbing gear 4 Calvin Wilkins
5:26 p.m. on Jun 30, 2016
by Calvin Wilkins
9 hours hiking backpack size? 14 Oscar Perez de Madera
6:02 p.m. on Jun 27, 2016
by Oscar Perez de Madera
Your First 'Big Three'... 11 pillowthread
7:58 p.m. on Jun 26, 2016
by balzaccom
Trekking Poles 31 Gremlin
2:59 a.m. on Jun 25, 2016
by BigRed
Moleskin 17 andrew f.
1:08 p.m. on Jun 20, 2016
by andrew f.
Battery Pack Use 12 LoneStranger
7:34 a.m. on Jun 11, 2016
by LoneStranger
How to fear less 14 GaryPalmer
9:27 a.m. on Jun 6, 2016
by ppine
What best logger boots to buy? 21 Michelle Luke
11:42 p.m. on May 14, 2016
by speacock
7 days in white mountains NH - late May(23-31) 6 Tom Co
4:47 p.m. on May 13, 2016
by Old Guide
I(21) have a week to spend in the US with my Dad(43) around mid-May. 26 Tom Co
4:09 p.m. on Apr 20, 2016
by whomeworry
bear canister 65 oogway
1:06 p.m. on Apr 12, 2016
by ppine
Optimus 8R stove spindle 8 John L
10:06 a.m. on Apr 9, 2016
by John L
Water purification and 3 season tent recommendation 24 Ken Hammond
9:46 p.m. on Apr 6, 2016
by Bill S
Beginner Camper/Hiker. 12 Joshua Perez
11:27 a.m. on Apr 4, 2016
by ppine
bivy or just a tarp 16 tracker clayton
11:31 p.m. on Mar 30, 2016
by tracker clayton
Dog packs advice 13 oogway
6:09 p.m. on Mar 24, 2016
by oogway
Tomahawks: Pros and Cons 61 tracker clayton
10:19 p.m. on Mar 23, 2016
by tracker clayton
New to backpacking: need recommendations for gear! 21 Jesse Bellino
8:09 a.m. on Mar 17, 2016
by Uriah Hon
San Diego County Seeking Remote Location 6 Love Courage-Compassion
2:08 p.m. on Feb 29, 2016
by whomeworry
I need stove help! 16 Ken Hammond
12:32 p.m. on Feb 27, 2016
by John Barber
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
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
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