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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No way I'm taking them hiking! 18 FromSagetoSnow
4:25 a.m. on Jul 19, 2018
by Billy02
South Sister Hike Advice 3 Danielle Ruest Al-Hamdouni
10:46 p.m. on Jul 17, 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
Tent Ventilation 14 James Grant
2:53 a.m. on Jul 6, 2018
by James Grant
A new hiker 8 Phil Smith
2:32 a.m. on Jun 26, 2018
by KM Arnob
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
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