11 Tips for Backpacking (Especially If You’ve Never Gone Before)

I was thirteen when I went on my first backpacking trip, a month-long trek through the Salmon River Valley, Idaho on a NOLS course. My family wasn’t particularly outdoorsy (an understatement!) so the trip was my first time camping or spending any extended period outside. From the moment I hitched my forty-pound pack onto my … Read more

A Beginner’s Guide For Backpacking With Teens

Backpacking with kids Wendy Altschuler Most parents in America would agree that monitoring screen time for kids is a big challenge, especially because playing games and getting online is how many teenagers socialize and communicate with their friends. As hours are whittled away on electronic devices, teens (and many adults) are seemingly lost in a … Read more