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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Disability, grief, and adaptation 11 birdnerd
11:56 a.m. on Sep 30, 2014
by birdnerd
new tent advice. 37 Anthony Kelly
10:49 a.m. on Sep 29, 2014
by Anthony Kelly
The Next Generation 5 LoneStranger
6:44 p.m. on Sep 13, 2014
by OttoStover
update on newbie in Minnesota 7 Todd Lee Ranstrom
5:06 p.m. on Sep 6, 2014
by Joseph Renow
Couples Mummy Bags 3 Candice
11:00 a.m. on Aug 26, 2014
by DrPhun
Assessment of existing gear for newbie 10 oceania
6:33 a.m. on Aug 18, 2014
by TheRambler
Food spoilage question 10 oceania
8:22 p.m. on Aug 14, 2014
by oceania
Home made bear spray 19 GaryPalmer
9:29 p.m. on Aug 11, 2014
by iClimb
Deciding on budget Sleeping Bag 29 Abhishek
7:51 p.m. on Aug 10, 2014
by Trailjester
Backpacking with someone you never backpacked with. 22 denis daly
8:44 a.m. on Aug 10, 2014
by GaryPalmer
New Backpacker. Baltimore, MD area. 5 Brian Trantules
11:37 p.m. on Aug 6, 2014
by Sean Van Cleve
Car Keys? 30 balzaccom
10:48 p.m. on Jul 14, 2014
by 522
Water treatment...to purify or to filter? 38 Daniel Oates
8:32 a.m. on Jul 3, 2014
by GaryPalmer
Could you survive 24 hours outdoors? 22 GaryPalmer
3:56 p.m. on Jun 25, 2014
by GaryPalmer
Hiking With Arthritis 22 G00SE
10:07 a.m. on Jun 23, 2014
by GaryPalmer
Carried vs. Packed? 13 Eric Labanauskas
2:32 a.m. on Jun 6, 2014
by Joseph Renow
How Long a Beginner? 15 giftogab
7:03 p.m. on Jun 1, 2014
by bheiser1
Need info on Lodestone Mountaineering pack 6 Chevy
10:00 p.m. on May 21, 2014
by G00SE
Grams Add Up 119 G00SE
7:02 p.m. on Apr 22, 2014
by TJ1984
Trailspace News? 8 GaryPalmer
9:51 p.m. on Apr 16, 2014
by SweetPea36
Just saying howdy 18 Donald H Ridenour
6:58 a.m. on Apr 10, 2014
by Jake W
Deter rodents 5 Sharon Longbine
7:39 p.m. on Apr 9, 2014
by TheRambler
Childrens Backpacking Weight Suggestions 14 BZN_Backpacker
6:15 a.m. on Mar 30, 2014
by whomeworry
My First Aid Kit 17 G00SE
12:15 p.m. on Mar 26, 2014
by Eric Labanauskas
best brand of bear spray? and hello all. glad to say hi :) 12 hikergammy
6:03 p.m. on Mar 15, 2014
by Trailjester
Do you Volunteer at a trail Org or do you Finacially Contribute? 21 denis daly
12:18 p.m. on Mar 13, 2014
by Bkuti
newbie in Minnesota 66 Todd Lee Ranstrom
2:19 a.m. on Mar 7, 2014
by Eric Labanauskas
Smokey mountain advice 23 jock
4:21 p.m. on Mar 5, 2014
by G00SE
sleeping bag dilema 10 camperPete
8:06 a.m. on Feb 16, 2014
by camperPete
sleeping pad 10 camperPete
8:13 p.m. on Feb 13, 2014
by camperPete
What do Hikers/Backpackers FINANCIALLY contribute to maintain wilderness? 85 melensdad
4:22 p.m. on Feb 13, 2014
by iClimb
falling trees and branches... 26 jonathansc
4:32 p.m. on Feb 6, 2014
by ppine
stansport tent clips 6 Mark Youngblood
1:45 a.m. on Jan 12, 2014
by whomeworry
Soloing 32 anthony dye
2:27 a.m. on Jan 11, 2014
by Erich
JMT...with kids 11 Dgoose
10:56 p.m. on Jan 1, 2014
by speacock
Looking for Some Advice on Trip 24 Mike Stelz
5:38 p.m. on Dec 17, 2013
by TheRambler
Beginner hiker in BC 15 Solomon Rzemieniak
10:28 p.m. on Dec 9, 2013
by second gear
Winter bicycle gloves 14 Matt Zwemke
10:25 a.m. on Dec 5, 2013
by GaryPalmer
Hikers in Spain-Teruel 2 MonicaOtin
9:16 a.m. on Nov 29, 2013
by trouthunter
Tarp 'n Bivy Combo 32 Eric Labanauskas
10:07 p.m. on Nov 20, 2013
by Jonathon (Kiwi) Moake
2P tent to choose 13 Blaccko
10:19 a.m. on Nov 14, 2013
by Ja. R.
how does my gear list look (backpack + stove recs?) 42 Harorld
5:50 p.m. on Nov 13, 2013
by Callahan
oldie but goodie - hi! 15 Lori M
9:29 a.m. on Nov 13, 2013
by Ewker
fitting Gregory back packs 15 baseballman74
4:38 p.m. on Oct 13, 2013
by Trailjester
Just Saying Hello 21 Maggie Figs
9:02 a.m. on Sep 26, 2013
by rob5073
Moving to Calgary 14 Calgaryboiler
7:59 p.m. on Sep 17, 2013
by Peter1955
blisters - one person's opinion about how to deal with them 13 andrew f.
11:23 a.m. on Sep 14, 2013
by giftogab
Backpacking in Baby Steps 125 Eric Labanauskas
5:51 a.m. on Sep 8, 2013
by GaryPalmer
A beginners guide to tarps 123 EtdBob
11:43 a.m. on Aug 24, 2013
by Lodge Pole
RUCAS Alcohol Stove 11 Eric Labanauskas
11:08 a.m. on Aug 23, 2013
by Eric Labanauskas
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