The Camping Essentials
By OUTTraveler Contributer
Ask any backpacker, and he'll vow that what he loves most about camping is unspoiled nature, panoramas untouched by the human hand, the glory of the stretching vista. That may be true, but the secret passion of many backpackers is gear: the backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, flies, gators, water purifiers, and stoves that literally make up ones kit. So when you head out on your Great American Trek, don't forego a well-packed bag. Here is our favorite (and necessary) camping gear.
Once properly equipped, try them out on one of our Top 5 Fall Hikes.