These practical insider hiking tips are useful for any backcountry adventure, large or small

By Kylie Gilbert

If you're interested in going hiking in the backcountry, there are several crucial principles to master first, from how to make your campsite-and properly go to the bathroom!-to handling encounters with wildlife. Watch the video above with Dana Hendricks, Regional Representative for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, to make sure you're well equipped before heading out on the trails. Plus, be sure to check out The 10 Hiking Essentials to Pack for a 'Wild' Adventure.

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