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WikiProject Backpacking
Kit for carrying home and hearth
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Improving the encyclopedia when we are not walking in the wild and sleeping under the sky

Welcome to WikiProject Backpacking. Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Hiking and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, inquire on the talk page, watch this page, and see the to-do list, below.


Hiking, hiking trails, hiking equipment, hiking techniques, organizations that support hikers and hiking trail, the hiking community, authors, and their books. To cover hiking and backpacking by its many names; e.g. trekking, hill walking, tramping, rambling, snowshoeing, and more.


  • To improve hiking, backpacking, and trail related articles to Good Article Status
  • To organize and categorize articles related to hiking, backpacking, and trail articles
  • To provide a consistent layout for hiking, backpacking, and trail articles where applicable
  • auditing articles (tagging, classifying, and setting importance level) in categories hiking, hiking trails, backpacking, and camping
  • identifying and categorizing articles about organizations that support hikers, trails, backpackers and related activities


Recognized content[edit]

Main page featured articles[edit]

Featured list candidates[edit]

Good articles[edit]

Did you know? articles[edit]

Former featured articles[edit]

Level 4 vital articles[edit]

Level 5 vital articles[edit]

Source page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Backpacking/Recognized content

Top articles by recent edit count[edit]

36 edits List of trails in Colorado
16 edits First aid
10 edits Chris McCandless
8 edits Camping
6 edits Nature writing
5 edits Appalachian Trail
4 edits The Nature Conservancy
4 edits Wilderness study area
4 edits Sierra Club
3 edits Wild (2014 film)

These are the articles that have been edited the most within the last seven days. Last updated 5 August 2021 by HotArticlesBot.

Source page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Backpacking/Hot articles

Popular content[edit]

This is a list of bot-generated pages in the scope of Wikipedia:WikiProject Backpacking along with pageviews.

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Period: 2021-07-01 to 2021-07-31

Total views: 1,498,319

Updated: 17:20, 3 August 2021 (UTC)

Rank Page title Views Daily average Assessment Importance
1 Chris McCandless 116,118 3,745 B Low
2 Appalachian Trail Conservancy 103,137 3,327 C Low
3 Bear Grylls 92,745 2,991 B Low
4 Camino de Santiago 71,296 2,299 C High
5 Appalachian Trail 45,297 1,461 GA High
6 Pacific Crest Trail 35,472 1,144 B High
7 National Park Service 27,579 889 B Low
8 Wild (2014 film) 25,776 831 C Low
9 Topographic map 19,332 623 C High
10 Hiking 17,933 578 B Top
11 Continental Divide Trail 17,691 570 B High
12 The North Face 17,377 560 Start Low
13 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 17,344 559 C High
14 Patagonia, Inc. 16,246 524 C Low
15 Bivouac shelter 15,829 510 Start Mid
16 Mount Katahdin 14,584 470 C Low
17 Mountaineering 13,607 438 B Low
18 Tarpaulin 13,586 438 Start Mid
19 Camping 13,449 433 C High
20 Backpack 13,333 430 C High
21 A Walk in the Woods (film) 13,005 419 C Low
22 John Muir Trail 12,786 412 C Mid
23 Grand Canyon National Park 12,612 406 C Low
24 Freedom to roam 12,009 387 C High
25 Recreational Equipment, Inc. 11,818 381 C Low
26 Thru-hiking 11,622 374 C Top
27 Coast to Coast Walk 11,466 369 C Low
28 Bureau of Land Management 11,150 359 B Low
29 The Way (2010 film) 10,671 344 C Low
30 Insect repellent 10,144 327 B Mid
31 Outdoor recreation 10,049 324 C Low
32 Columbia Sportswear 9,378 302 C Low
33 Fjällräven 8,932 288 B Low
34 Hammock 8,916 287 C Low
35 Arc'teryx 8,741 281 C Low
36 Tour du Mont Blanc 8,158 263 C High
37 Tent 7,626 246 C Mid
38 Pocketknife 7,622 245 C Low
39 Sierra Club 7,615 245 B Low
40 West Highland Way 7,521 242 C Low
41 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 7,483 241 B Low
42 Canoeing 7,355 237 Start Mid
43 Scrambling 7,102 229 C Low
44 Ice axe 7,049 227 C Mid
45 Bothy 7,044 227 C Mid
46 Survival skills 6,811 219 C Mid
47 European long-distance paths 6,725 216 List High
48 Lean-to 6,677 215 Start Low
49 Coleman (brand) 6,560 211 Start Low
50 Quechua (brand) 6,029 194 Stub Low
51 Colorado Trail 5,927 191 C Mid
52 Triple Crown of Hiking 5,842 188 C Mid
53 Backpacking (hiking) 5,451 175 C Top
54 Hadrian's Wall Path 5,443 175 C Low
55 Pennine Way 5,430 175 C High
56 Canada Goose (clothing) 5,381 173 C Low
57 Death of Vance Rodriguez 5,341 172 Start Low
58 Gaiters 5,295 170 C Low
59 A Walk in the Woods (book) 5,263 169 C Low
60 Wilderness 5,083 163 B Low
61 Nordic walking 4,868 157 C Low
62 Alfred Wainwright 4,803 154 C Low
63 Grandma Gatewood 4,797 154 C Low
64 Campsite 4,785 154 C Mid
65 The Nature Conservancy 4,708 151 B Low
66 South West Coast Path 4,697 151 GA High
67 International Appalachian Trail 4,688 151 C Mid
68 Kokoda Track 4,606 148 C Low
69 Fire making 4,404 142 C Low
70 Trail 4,346 140 B Top
71 Trans Canada Trail 4,295 138 C High
72 Long-distance trails in the United States 4,272 137 List Mid
73 Lillian Alling 4,258 137 Start Low
74 Lycian Way 4,245 136 B High
75 Mountain Equipment Co-op 4,201 135 B Low
76 Via Francigena 4,106 132 C Mid
77 Green Mountains 4,084 131 C Low
78 National Trails System 3,896 125 B High
79 JanSport 3,777 121 Start Low
80 North Country Trail 3,614 116 C Mid
81 Ten Essentials 3,537 114 C High
82 Rail trail 3,512 113 B Low
83 Guide book 3,450 111 Start Low
84 Colchuck Lake 3,405 109 Start Low
85 Outside (magazine) 3,400 109 Start Low
86 Virginia Creeper Trail 3,346 107 Start Low
87 Leave No Trace 3,255 105 Start Mid
88 Larapinta Trail 3,237 104 Start Low
89 Billycan 3,138 101 Start Low
90 Hexamine fuel tablet 3,133 101 Start Low
91 GR footpath 3,113 100 C High
92 Hundred-Mile Wilderness 3,109 100 Stub Low
93 American Discovery Trail 3,031 97 C Low
94 West Coast Trail 3,007 97 B Mid
95 Ice Age Trail 2,972 95 C High
96 Ultralight backpacking 2,937 94 B Top
97 Karrimor 2,910 93 B Low
98 Sleeping bag 2,875 92 C Mid
99 Mess kit 2,792 90 C Low
100 Mount Whitney Trail 2,760 89 C Low

Source page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Backpacking/Popular pages

Article alerts[edit]

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Featured list candidates

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Articles for creation

Source page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Backpacking/Article alerts


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Article assessment[edit]

The project is using standard and extended class/importance as described in content assessment. See also assessing articles.


Subject is extremely important, even crucial, to its specific field. Reserved for subjects that have achieved international notability within their field
Subject is extremely notable, but has not achieved international notability, or is only notable within a particular continent
Subject is only notable within its particular field or subject and has achieved notability in a particular place or area
Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within its field of study. It may only be included to cover a specific part of a notable article

When reviewing the importance of an article to the project, consider this guidance. Your judgment as an editor will always trump this guidance.

  • The U.S. National Scenic Trails, or another nations equivalent, and many subjects related to hiking upon them should probably be High priority.
  • The Ten essentials and individual articles about the use of the essential or skills need to use it effectively should be High priority.
  • Other equipment critical to a safe and comfortable backpacking trip should be Mid priority unless it is more—or less—notable for another reason.
  • Organizations that support long-distance hikers or the trails they use should be Mid priority.
  • Hiking trails shorter that ten miles (16 km) may not belong to this project at all unless they are of notable interest to backpackers.
  • Hiking trails longer than ten miles (16 km) should be Low priority unless they are of significant interest to backpackers.
  • Manufacturers or brands of equipment used by backpackers should be Low priority unless they are essential to backpackers for an important reason.

Content quality grading[edit]

Standard classes[edit]

We use these classes as defined further in Wikipedia:Content assessment. Here is the relative Part of that document.

A very basic description of the topic. Can be well-written, but may also have significant content issues.

The article is either a very short article or a rough collection of information that will need much work to become a meaningful article. It is usually very short; but, if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible, an article of any length falls into this category. Although Stub-class articles are the lowest class of the normal classes, they are adequate enough to be an accepted article, though they do have risks of being dropped from being an article altogether.

An article that is developing but still quite incomplete. It may or may not cite adequate reliable sources.

The article has a usable amount of good content but is weak in many areas. Quality of the prose may be distinctly unencyclopedic, and Wikipedia:Manual of Style compliance non-existent. The article should satisfy fundamental content policies, such as Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons. Frequently, the referencing is inadequate, although enough sources are usually provided to establish verifiability. No Start-Class article should be in any danger of being speedily deleted.

The article is substantial but is still missing important content or contains much irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant problems or require substantial cleanup.

The article cites more than one reliable source and is better developed in style, structure, and quality than Start-Class, but it fails one or more of the criteria for B-Class. It may have some gaps or missing elements; need editing for clarity, balance, or flow; or contain policy violations, such as bias or original research. Articles on fictional topics are likely to be marked as C-Class if they are written from an in-universe perspective. It is most likely that C-Class articles have a reasonable encyclopedic style.

The article is mostly complete and without major problems but requires some further work to reach good article standards.

The article meets the six B-Class criteria:

  1. The article is suitably referenced, with inline citations. It has reliable sources, and any important or controversial material which is likely to be challenged is cited. Any format of inline citation is acceptable: the use of <ref> tags and citation templates such as {{cite web}} is optional.
  2. The article reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain obvious omissions or inaccuracies. It contains a large proportion of the material necessary for an A-Class article, although some sections may need expansion, and some less important topics may be missing.
  3. The article has a defined structure.Content should be organized into groups of related material, including a lead section and all the sections that can reasonably be included in an article of its kind.
  4. The article is reasonably well-written. The prose contains no major grammatical errors and flows sensibly, but it does not need to be "brilliant". The Manual of Style does not need to be followed rigorously.
  5. The article contains supporting materials where appropriate.Illustrations are encouraged, though not required. Diagrams, an infoboxetc. should be included where they are relevant and useful to the content.
  6. The article presents its content in an appropriately understandable way. It is written with as broad an audience in mind as possible. Although Wikipedia is more than just a general encyclopedia, the article should not assume unnecessary technical background and technical terms should be explained or avoided where possible.
The article has attained good article status, having been examined by one or more impartial reviewers from WP:Good article nominations.

The article meets the good article criteria:

A good article is:

  1. Well written:
    1. the prose is clear, concise, and understandable to an appropriately broad audience; spelling and grammar are correct; and
    2. it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation.
  2. Verifiable with no original research:
    1. it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline;
    2. all inline citations are from reliable sources, including those for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines;
    3. it contains no original research; and
    4. it contains no copyright violations nor plagiarism.
  3. Broad in its coverage:
    1. it addresses the main aspectsof the topic; and
    2. it stays focused on the topicwithout going into unnecessary detail (see summary style).
  4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.
  5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.
  6. Illustrated, if possible, by media such as images, video, or audio:
    1. media are tagged with their copyright statuses, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content; and
    2. media are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions.
The article has attained featured articlestatus by passing an in-depth examination by impartial reviewers from WP:Featured article candidates.

The article meets the featured article criteria:

A featured article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all Wikipedia articles, it has the following attributes.

  1. It is:
    1. well-written: its prose is engaging and of a professional standard;
    2. comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
    3. well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature; claims are verifiableagainst high-quality reliable sources and are supported by inline citations where appropriate;
    4. neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias; and
    5. stable: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.
  2. It follows the style guidelines, including the provision of:
    1. a lead: a concise lead sectionthat summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
    2. appropriate structure: a substantial but not overwhelming system of hierarchical section headings; and
    3. consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using either footnotes (<ref>Smith 2007, p. 1</ref>) or Harvard referencing (Smith 2007, p. 1)—see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references. Citation templates are not required.
  3. Media. It has images and other media, where appropriate, with succinct captions and acceptable copyright status. Images follow the image use policy. Non-free images or media must satisfy the criteria for inclusion of non-free content and be labeled accordingly.
  4. Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail and uses summary style.

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  • 5.2% List-Class
  • 16.8% Stub-Class
  • 36.2% Start-Class
  • 30% C-Class
  • 10.7% B-Class
  • 1.1% GA-Class


Our member list can be found below and in the category: Category:WikiProject Backpacking members

If you would like to declare yourself as a member of WikiProject Backpacking:

  • add yourself to the member list below, and optionally,
  • add any or all of the following to your user page:



Former Members[edit]

This WikiProject was established on March 11, 2007 and was worked by these and other, unnamed, editors. We thank them and salute them for the path they started and upon which we follow.

Open tasks[edit]


To display all subcategories click on the "►":
To display all subcategories click on the "►":
Hiking(13 C, 87 P)
Hiking by country(6 C, 2 P)
Backpacking(1 C, 50 P)
Hiking books(13 P)
Films about hiking(3 P)
Freedom to roam(1 C, 13 P)
Hikers(3 C, 48 P)
Hiking equipment(2 C, 36 P)
Hiking trails(4 C, 9 P)
Mountain huts(14 C, 10 P)
Hiking organizations(4 C, 21 P)
Orienteering(12 C, 45 P)
Peak bagging(4 C, 21 P)
Via ferrata(8 P)
To display all subcategories click on the "►":
Camping(10 C, 23 P)
Camping by country(10 C)
Backpacking(1 C, 50 P)
Books about camping(1 C, 3 P)
Camping equipment(2 C, 80 P)
Campsites(2 C, 6 P)
Caravans and travel trailers(2 C, 10 P)
Recreational vehicles(2 C, 32 P)
Summer camps(10 C, 25 P)
Camping stubs(65 P)



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