Evaluation: released 9 occasions a 12 months, Backpacker is of desolate tract trip, supplying useful, "you can do it, here's how" recommendation that will help you get pleasure from each journey. jam-packed with the easiest areas, apparatus, and data for all types of mountaineering and tenting journeys, every one factor gives you foldout maps and lovely colour photography.

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But whatever your experience, use these tips to make your journey a good one. com). EASE IN Travel north to south, so you can acclimatize to the latter half’s higher elevations. m. gov/yose). ) at Tuolumne Meadows, Red’s Meadow, and Muir Trail Ranch. GET FIT The JMT has more than 75,000 feet of elevation change. com/skills/ fitness. SPLURGE The $165/night tent-cabins at Muir Trail STAY POSITIVE Beginners should be careful not to indulge each other’s fantasies about quitting. Thru-Hike Success Plan Yes, you can make mistakes and still hike the JMT.

Autofocus won’t work in the dark, so manually adjust the focus to infinity and then bring it just a little closer. That will put most everything in focus. Place your camera on a tripod and shoot yourself walking through the scene with your headlamp on a dim setting to get some test shots. If you’re shooting a tent, put a light in it as well. Adjust the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed as needed so that the illuminated areas aren’t too bright. You want enough light to pick up some stars and a horizon line, but not so much that it looks almost like daytime.

Hannah Hester via email ILLUSTRATION BY BRETT AFFRUNTI £Wildfire spreads like, well, wildfire. But you can survive a sneak-attack blaze, as long as you behave yourself. For starters, don’t wet your pants. Panic causes hyperventilation, and sucking superheated, lung-charring wind will kill you a lot faster than a couple of burns will. Plus, liquids are conductors, and wetting your clothes (purposefully or not) means you’ve just put on a layer of boiling water. No matter how hot you get, keep dry.

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