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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Help on Affordable Gear for Getting Started 15 Dale Schneider
1:27 p.m. on Jun 20, 2017
by Gemma Seymour
Small "kitchen" tarp 26 Curtis Evans
1:10 p.m. on Jun 20, 2017
by Gemma Seymour
First time EVER camping/backpacking 21 Mat Warren
11:05 p.m. on Jun 18, 2017
by ppine
Starting out and question on Eye Glasses 13 BlueFox009
6:29 p.m. on Jun 4, 2017
by Bill S
Crampons!! 6 Calvin Wilkins
12:01 a.m. on May 19, 2017
by Calvin Wilkins
Sore ankles from boots when hiking down hill 11 Alexia Zorzan
8:16 a.m. on May 8, 2017
by DrPhun
First Mount Washington climb 4 John Rivers
4:15 p.m. on Apr 19, 2017
by andrew f.
Crete hiking/backpacking help 2 Dominykas L
5:17 p.m. on Apr 14, 2017
by TheRambler
drawing water 27 Curtis Evans
9:41 p.m. on Apr 12, 2017
by John Starnes
Help - can anyone identify this camping stove? 3 Becky
10:16 a.m. on Apr 3, 2017
by DrPhun
Beginner Looking For Gear 13 Luke
11:27 p.m. on Feb 26, 2017
by Curtis Evans
Good pijamas? 17 skan
10:12 p.m. on Feb 26, 2017
by oogway
Medication 12 Jsp Wayne
5:03 p.m. on Feb 25, 2017
by Lilia Kilmer
North Face Verbera Hiker II GTX problem... 8 ggtaxo
9:01 a.m. on Feb 13, 2017
by Rob R
Differences among "trail shoes", "hiking", etc.? 7 Ron Burtonz
10:42 a.m. on Jan 23, 2017
by ppine
Hiking/Backpacking apps 11 Jason Berry
7:52 a.m. on Dec 19, 2016
by John Starnes
Retire - RV - Hiking - what dog? 20 Sue Harper
6:09 a.m. on Dec 3, 2016
by BigRed
Novice looking for advice. Gear, experience, anything. 11 Betsey Irons
3:32 p.m. on Nov 28, 2016
by andrew f.
Excited noob 10 Mackers
7:08 p.m. on Nov 19, 2016
by OttoStover
Inflatable Lounger 10 Robin Repp Campbell
5:39 p.m. on Nov 18, 2016
by JRinGeorgia
Number of pairs of socks to take 36 Leslie Jamison
4:58 a.m. on Oct 31, 2016
by whomeworry
Stove tips 16 Rebecca W
10:02 a.m. on Oct 28, 2016
by Old Guide
Need Some Feedback on a T-Shirt Company 9 Adrien Martin
9:56 p.m. on Oct 26, 2016
by Old Guide
Heal chafing 6 Adam Fitzgerald
12:31 p.m. on Oct 11, 2016
by TheRambler
Tips for inclement weather? 48 Tommy Chang
1:46 p.m. on Sep 29, 2016
by G00SE
Beginner Hunter - Needs Help Finding Where to Start? 5 David Ferraro
9:01 a.m. on Sep 25, 2016
by ppine
Elevation preparation 31 Joseph Ainsworth
3:58 p.m. on Sep 22, 2016
by Joseph Ainsworth
Your First 'Big Three'... 14 pillowthread
2:34 p.m. on Sep 20, 2016
by Joseph Ainsworth
On trail replenishment 13 Joseph Ainsworth
12:31 a.m. on Sep 18, 2016
by Joseph Ainsworth
Tent camping advice for IL. 6 Derek Ballard
12:21 a.m. on Sep 12, 2016
by shakeNbake
10' x 10' Free-Standing Canopy : 18" Round Stakes or Weighted Bags to secure? 4 artaq
9:42 p.m. on Aug 21, 2016
by Old Guide
Battery Pack Use 14 LoneStranger
1:09 p.m. on Aug 15, 2016
by TheRambler
When lacking experience or familiarity should you carry more or less? 34 John Starnes
9:44 p.m. on Aug 14, 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
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.
How to fear less 14 GaryPalmer
9:27 a.m. on Jun 6, 2016
by ppine
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 12 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
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