Backcountry basics

The Pacific Crest Trail is a perfect outdoor playground for beginners and experts alike. Whether you’re picknicking at a trailhead or mountaineering in the North Cascades, it’s important to know the basics. As you travel the trail, safety should be your top priority. The trail is beautiful and welcoming, but it is also challenging. Self-sufficiency is required so be prepared.

This website does not attempt to cover all things backpacking. There are many good books on the subject and we recommend learning skills first-hand from experienced people.

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Photo by: Martin Kuhlmann