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Top 10 YouTube hiking channels (Our Favorites)

There is so much info surrounding Hiking and backpacking, that we wanted to make a small database to help you see through the clutter. To start it off we made our favorite Outdoor top 10 Youtube channels.  

We wrote down the basics and their own description. And give you our own short review by writing what it is great for.

  1. Darwin onthetrail.
  2. TheOutdoorGearreview.
  3. AdventureArchives.
  4. Joe Robinet.
  5. Homemade Wanderlust.
  6. REI.
  7. Following redbeard.
  8. Sintax77
  9. Outdoor Adventures
  10. Hikingguy.com

Read more to see why

One of the quickest ways to gather information is looking for answers on YouTube. Seeing the answer on video will paint a much clearer picture of your question.

Outdoor youtuber number 1 Darwin on the trial, hiker expert number 1

Darwin onthetrail

Started: 24 Jul 2015

Subs: 143k

Their own Description: 

At the end of 2014, my wife Snuggles & I decided to quit our jobs, sell 95% of the things we own, & leave our hometown for good in search of adventure, culture, & the true meaning of happiness. We bought a van, traveled all over the country & hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (2189.2 miles). We are still seeking adventure in new places, meeting new people, trying new food & drink, & discovering all that we can.

This Channel has developed into a main hub for aspiring hikers & current hikers to gain info on a wide variety of Trail Topics. With a series of Trip Videos, Q&A, Tip Videos, & Gear Reviews, I aim to get you out on the trail and hiking more!

Quick review :

  • Trials in America.
  • Thru-hike expert.
  • Lots of useful playlists.
  • Gear reviews.
  • Q&A’s.

Close call but Outdoor gear review made it on number 2


Started: 23 Dec 2012

Subs:  169k

Their own Description:

The Outdoor Gear Review has been set up for those who love nature, hiking, backpacking and adventure. Many tune into our channel because they wish to live vicariously through our videos and that's completely understandable.

A little about myself: As many of you know, my name is Luke and I'm a family man first and an outdoorsman second. While my heart is with my loved ones but my soul (inner Wolf) is out and about with nature. There is nothing like exploring the world that we live in and that fuels my desire to see what's around the next corner.

I started my channel/site to help others learn, grow, enjoy and appreciate the outdoors and the amazing world we live in. I also started it to leave something behind for my children so that they can enjoy the adventures that I too have enjoyed once I'm too old or passed on. ... Enjoy and thank you for watching.

Quick review :

  • Gear.
  • Hiking/camping tips.
  • Gear idea’s.
  • Hiking Clothing.

Adventure archive a group of hikers made it to the top 3


Started: 2 Jan 2009

Subs:  57k

Their own Description:

Adventure Archives is a Youtube channel about camping, hiking, and bushcraft through the backcountry.  Join us as we explore the wilderness and share our thoughts and the beautiful scenery of nature.

Quick review :

  • New hiking idea’s.
  • Entertainment.
  • Mostly American Hikes.

Joe robinet should have made it higher, but he is more of a survivalist then Hiker

Joe Robinet

Started: 3 Sep 2007

Subs:  1M

Their own Description:

Bushcraft, Back Country Camping, Wilderness Canoe Tripping, Backpacking, My Dog, Scout.

This channel is mainly bushcraft style camping trips, sometimes I build a natural shelter, sometimes I sleep in a tent, under a tarp, or in the snow.
I try to show the realities of being out in the bush, weather it be an overnighter in the woods, or an extended, 10 day fly in canoe/fishing trip. I'll leave in my failures, as well as my accomplishments, in an effort to show you who I really am, just a regular Canadian guy who enjoys spending time outdoors.

I'm not a survivalist, and my definition of "bushcraft" may differ from yours.  🙂

Quick review :

  • Entertainment.
  • Survival questions.
  • Overnighting in the woods.
  • multiday hikes/backpacking.

Just in top 5 outdoor Yter Homemade Wanderlust

Homemade Wanderlust

Started: 31 Mar 2015

Subs: 149k

Their own Description:

Hey y'all, Dixie here!

This channel began with my journey of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Maine. Beginning in April 2017 I will be documenting my Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hike and I may potentially complete the triple crown by completing the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2018.

In between these backpacking adventures, I will be posting informational videos to help answer questions that any aspiring hiker may have and encourage others to chase their dreams, too!

Quick review :

  • Lots of Thru-hike information.
  • Q&A.
  • Thru hike Gear reviews.

Big outdoor company REi on number 6


Started: 14 Jan 2009

Subs:  131k

Their own Description:

At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), we love to get outside and play, and we know first-hand the importance of quality outdoor gear. We stand behind all our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we design our own line of award-winning REI brand gear and clothing. Whether you're new to outdoor adventure or a seasoned pro, we gladly share our enthusiasm for our products—and the trails, slopes and waterways where we play.

Each year, REI donates millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and sends dedicated teams of volunteers—members, customers and REI employees—to build trails, clean up beaches, restore local habitats and more....

REI's passion for the outdoors runs deep. Our core purpose is to inspire, educate and outfit people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.  Become a member today and get outside!

Quick review :

  • Short informational video's.
  • Lots of informational gear videos.

7th on the list Following Redbeard on ou top10 Favourite Outdoor YouTubers

Following redbeard

Started: 31 May 2008

Subs:  32k

Their own Description:

Glad you have found my channel on everything backpacking! So what am I all about? I love the mountains, I love being on the trail and I love sharing my experiences with others! Im here to help with any questions you might have on long distance hiking and gear choices. Thanks for following and Happy Hiking!

Red Beard

Quick review :

  • Info on American trials in the form of vlogs.
  • Equipment reviews.
  • Ultra light gear.

eight on the list Sintax 77


Started: 8 Sep 2007

Subs:  63k

Their own Description:

Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Gear, Road trips & the Great Outdoors

Quick review :

  • Basics.
  • Equipment reviews.
  • Hiking vlogs.

Number 9 Youtuber Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Started: 2 Apr 2014

Subs:  23k

Their own Description:

Find time and go on your own adventure! That's exactly what I started doing a few years ago when I had to force myself out of bed to take on that daily routine. I urge you all to do the same. Break free from your everyday lives and go find adventure.

This channel is all about backpacking, camping, hiking, gear, reviews, and learning the basics. We have a great community here and also look forward to talking with others and learning.

Most recently I have decided to thru hike the Appalachian Trail which is a 2200 mile foot path that starts at Springer Mountain, Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. I'm really excited to film my adventure and take everyone along (in spirit) with me.

Quick review:

  • Lenghty explanations about thru hikes.
  • Great equipment reviews.

number 10 hikingguy.com


Started: 20 Aug 2015

Subs:  6.3k

Their own Description:

HikingGuy is a channel of hiking guides for everyone, best used in conjunction with the website HikingGuy.com

HikingGuy is different in that it gives very detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I share the hiking tips that I’ve learned over the years to fast-track you into a hiking pro. And I tell you what hiking gear works and what gear doesn’t so you don’t waste your money. Happy trails to you!Subscribe for quick, helpful videos with useful hiking tips and great trail guides.

All of these videos have accompanying articles on https://hikingguy.com.

Be sure to check out the website for more information - there's more than just the videos!

And subscribe to get notified when new guides are published.

Quick review :

  • American hikes.
  • Navigation reviews.

I made my own reviews short and sweet so you can judge for yourself.

Going on YouTube is a perfect way to get new ideas and see new locations to keep in mind for the future. A lot of them have plenty of knowledge to help you out on making gear decisions and see the actual hikes you want to take. You suddenly have many mentors in the outdoor scene, helping you on your next trip.

Use the knowledge of the YouTubers for your own advantage, like the saying goes: Learn from the mistakes of others, you don't have enough time to make them all yourself.

Other: Hiking Blogs

Let us know what your top 10 youtube channels are? And the lessons you have learned to help us all. So we can wander together.

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