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What Is A Switchback In Hiking? + 5 Tips To Master Your Next Big Climb

If you’re new to hiking, there can be a lot of new terms to become acquainted with. There’s a cairn, thru-hiking, crampons, an access trail, and rocky scrambling, to name a few.  Another term you’ll likely encounter in a hiking guidebook as you scope out the description for your next trek or day hike is “switchback.”  But what is a switchback in hiking? What is the purpose of switchbacks in hiking?

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