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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What is the name of this backpack? 3 gary oakes
7:41 p.m. on Oct 9, 2019
by Franco
One Stove or Two? 29 Kent J Allshouse
8:47 a.m. on Oct 9, 2019
by Kent J Allshouse
Canoe Route Maps what do the P numbers mean? 13 Cadilla M
9:07 a.m. on Sep 3, 2019
by BigRed
introduction 1 Roman Reddy
9:35 a.m. on Aug 20, 2019
by Roman Reddy
Hammock Camping? 13 Jessica Ann Lee
9:48 a.m. on Jul 27, 2019
by John Starnes
Hiking, Camping and Backpacking Tips and Tricks | Going Ultralight, Stealth Camping and Cooking on Trail 3 Angelina
5:10 a.m. on Jun 1, 2019
by Angelina
Our First Overnight Backpacking Trip 10 Tate Samson
3:54 p.m. on May 27, 2019
by Phil Smith
Looking for a camping/adventure backpack advice 13 Luke Cleaver
4:18 p.m. on May 21, 2019
by andrew f.
Tent advice 7 Lagree Wyndham
1:30 p.m. on May 3, 2019
by James L
Writer needs advice 16 Jennifer Keith Hord
12:13 a.m. on Apr 24, 2019
by Jennifer Keith Hord
Couple Morning Routine while Camping and Hiking 5 Angelina
6:29 a.m. on Apr 4, 2019
by Angelina
Full Body Yoga Stretching Routine after Hiking 4 Angelina
8:22 a.m. on Mar 23, 2019
by Angelina
Why don’t you use a hammock? 47 John Starnes
6:01 p.m. on Mar 22, 2019
by Paul Lapierre
6 Easy and Beautiful Hairstyles for Outdoors, Hiking, Exercising 1 Angelina
5:54 a.m. on Mar 13, 2019
by Angelina
New guy. Got questions. 21 Danny
11:18 a.m. on Jan 23, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
Toddler Hiking 19 Korak
2:50 a.m. on Jan 4, 2019
by johnson2
DIY Firestarter 21 KiwiKlimber
9:42 p.m. on Sep 26, 2018
by whomeworry
Introduction and advice` 27 NoMoreGreen
1:00 p.m. on Sep 24, 2018
by Mary Sahlin
keeping legs, feet dry 12 MossBack
2:44 p.m. on Sep 19, 2018
by ppine
No way I'm taking them hiking! 24 FromSagetoSnow
9:03 p.m. on Aug 17, 2018
by ppine
A new hiker 9 Phil Smith
10:36 a.m. on Jul 30, 2018
by balzaccom
Tent Ventilation 15 James Grant
6:26 a.m. on Jul 26, 2018
by James Grant
South Sister Hike Advice 4 Danielle Ruest Al-Hamdouni
12:45 a.m. on Jul 20, 2018
by ppine
Sticky or tacky waterproof coating on tent rainfly 15 Howard Hayden
11:44 p.m. on Jul 11, 2018
by Howard Hayden
Laundry etiquette 19 Scotttyd
3:27 p.m. on Jun 24, 2018
by Curtis Evans
Outdoor clothing terminology. 9 John Paul
9:35 p.m. on Jun 5, 2018
by Jafa
First time overnight backpacking help 4 Helen J Horan
11:17 a.m. on May 23, 2018
by JRinGeorgia
Compartment 3 Ruther Jocson
9:58 p.m. on May 22, 2018
by Old Guide
water filtration in NC - worry about virus? 12 Scotttyd
4:15 p.m. on May 22, 2018
by apeman
Glide wax on snowshoes 11 Phil Smith
4:04 p.m. on May 21, 2018
by andrew f.
newbie looking for sleeping bag advice 16 Scotttyd
7:44 p.m. on May 14, 2018
by Joseph Renow
Metal mesh sack recommendation 11 Mike Katz
9:27 p.m. on Apr 29, 2018
by Old Guide
Footwear and sock recommendations? 23 Tom M
5:56 a.m. on Apr 28, 2018
by Arnold Blake
Survey 23 Daniel McDonald
7:31 p.m. on Mar 15, 2018
by John Starnes
Sleeping Bag 14 Ben Kauss
7:41 a.m. on Feb 15, 2018
by smithcreek
Osprey Aether - Where to Put Shovel? 5 Tom Schmit
9:28 a.m. on Feb 2, 2018
by Tom Schmit
Jacket for Mt Fuji Fuji 8 Greg
10:01 a.m. on Jan 26, 2018
by andrew f.
Best kind of shoes for running on rough terrain 10 Zain Muhammed
9:29 a.m. on Jan 23, 2018
by Alicia MacLeay
Putting together a first aid kit 32 Phil Smith
5:57 a.m. on Jan 5, 2018
by Mike aka Garage Sale
Can you explain this interesting phenomenon,cold feet in sleeping Bag 23 John Starnes
6:22 p.m. on Dec 20, 2017
by John Starnes
Hiking speed for a beginner 19 Lighttower
2:09 p.m. on Nov 20, 2017
by ppine
A stupid Gore-Tex question? 17 Phil Smith
3:17 a.m. on Nov 8, 2017
by whomeworry
Late fall/early spring mountain camping/backpacking 26 Phil Smith
7:33 p.m. on Oct 30, 2017
by Phil Smith
Fitting a rain jacket 17 Jones
4:14 p.m. on Sep 13, 2017
by andrew f.
Beginner Winter Hiking 13 Steve Jones
11:44 p.m. on Sep 5, 2017
by denis daly
How Important is quality clothing? 19 Mitchell Willey
11:03 a.m. on Sep 2, 2017
by ppine
Trekking/Hiking Poles 39 Robert Morgan
4:45 p.m. on Aug 29, 2017
by whomeworry
Would like to hike, concerned about pain. Any advice? 14 Jason Fortun
11:59 p.m. on Aug 22, 2017
by Sean Van Cleve
Pillows 18 Curtis Evans
6:00 p.m. on Aug 10, 2017
by Curtis Evans
Pillows 11 Curtis Evans
9:04 a.m. on Jul 24, 2017
by TheRambler
Help on Affordable Gear for Getting Started 18 Dale Schneider
2:26 p.m. on Jul 14, 2017
by sabino
TTLIFE Military Tactical Backpack 1 Zane Luo
8:41 a.m. on Jul 13, 2017
by Zane Luo
Beginners Backpacking in March 5 Haley Sample
12:50 a.m. on Jul 12, 2017
by whomeworry
Introduction/Making time for the backcountry 9 Dminer
9:17 p.m. on Jul 11, 2017
by John Starnes
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
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