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Here are the top ten articles for the Hiking & Backpacking Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Ranger Confidential Book Review
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a park ranger at a major national park like Yosemite or Grand Canyon? That's what Andrea Lankford's book, Ranger Confidential: living, working, and dying in the national parks, is all about.

2. Liberty Bell Arch, AZ
Visiting Las Vegas? Spend a few hours hiking out to the Liberty Bell Arch, a natural, stone arch in the Arizona Desert; just 45-minutes south of Las Vegas.

3. First Aid Kit Essentials
Every hiker should carry a small, lightweight, first aid kit. You can buy one or make your own following this suggested list.

4. Exploring Your Own Back Yard
All around us are excellent hiking opportunities. There are National Parks to explore across the country, State Parks, and even local community parks near where we all live just waiting to be explored.

5. Benefits of Hiking Poles
Hiking poles are not as popular in America as they are in other places around the world. Id like to encourage you to give them a try. They offer lots of benefits to walkers, hikers, and trekkers.

6. 6 Ways of the Camino de Santiago
We tend to choose a Way of Saint James because of the time we have, the landscape, or the difficulty of the journey. Here are brief descriptions of six popular Ways of Saint James or Caminos to Santiago.

7. Visiting Death Valley National Park
All year long, there are reasons to visit Death Valley National Park. In addition to the hundreds of miles of roads that cut across this massive national park, there are also dozens of excellent hiking trails that include a natural rock bridge, the racetrack, peaks, canyons, dunes, and more.

8. Let Someone Know Where You Are
Learn from my example, no matter how easy or complex your hike, be sure to let someone know where you are and have a plan if you don't check in with them.

9. Visiting Red Rock Canyon, NV
From a simple loop drive to the 12 mile Grand Circle hike, and plenty of red rock formations to please both beginning climbers and enchant those with more experience, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area should be on your to-do list the next time you visit Las Vegas, NV.

10. Choose High Tech Hiking Clothes
No matter what your favorite name brand clothing for hiking might be, you'll get more bang for your buck with modern technology fabrics that keep you cool, bug free, and your skin undamaged by the sun.

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