The upcoming backcountry ski season might not be pretty. That’s what Search and Rescue mission coordinator Charles Pitman warns on this episode of the Out and Back Podcast. Since the pandemic hit, search and rescue calls have been higher than ever in Pitman’s jurisdiction of Summit County, CO. And he’s expecting those numbers to climb even higher as soon as the snow flies. Learn what you can do to stay safer in the wilderness this winter.
Learn how satellite communication devices allow you to stay connected and get help when you’re out of cell service in the backcountry. See a review of top models, and get a special offer from ZOLEO.
Have you ever grabbed your backpack and rushed out the door only to find out at the trailhead that you forgot to download your digital maps to your phone? When this unfortunate event happens, digital maps in the app appear fuzzy and out-of-focus as soon as you leave cell service. We have a solution for you: Gaia Topo. Learn more about how you can download your entire state’s topo map in a matter of minutes.
Find the best trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and off-roading with the color-coded USFS Roads and Trails layer in Gaia GPS. Whether you are wondering where to ride your mountain bike or looking to avoid areas that allow bikes and motor vehicles, this layer makes it easy to find the right trail for your adventure.
Thousands of tourists flock to Grand Teton National Park every year to get a glimpse of Grizzly Bear 399. But this year her fame exploded when she crawled out of her winter den with four tiny cubs in tow. Tune in to the Out and Back podcast this week to learn more about why this famous bear lives so close to the road with crowds of people watching her every move.
Identify avalanche terrain quicker and easier this winter with the new Slope Angle – Avalanche map. Designed in-house, this map expands our coverage globally and integrates high-resolution data to help make picking out steep slopes on the map a snap. Add the new slope angle layer to your favorite base map to help plan a safer route through the snow-bound backcountry.
Fidgit and Neon have spent the past five years traveling backpacking, biking, and paddling their way across South and Central America, Mexico, and the United States on a non-motorized tour. In this episode of the the Out and Back podcast, get the inside scoop on their trip, Her Odyssey. Learn how they dreamt up the trip, how to navigate foreign cultures, and tips for staying safe while backpacking abroad. They also share heart-warming stories about locals they’ve met along the way and how their contrasting personalities serve their expedition mission in unique ways.
Fastest Known Times have exploded in popularity this year. Co-founder of fastestknowntime.com Buzz Burrell breaks down all things FKT on this week’s episode of the Out and Back podcast. Buzz explains the rise of this trend, what makes a solid FKT route, and the allure of chasing speed records around the world.
Knowing how to read a topographic map is the foundation to any backcountry adventure. Through the use of contour lines, topo maps bring a 3-dimensional element to a 2-dimensional paper map, allowing you to visualize the rise and fall of the land and “see” the depths of canyons, the location of boggy meadows, and the height and shape of mountain
Find and avoid wildfires using the Wildfires (Satellite Detections) layer in Gaia GPS. This overlay uses NASA satellites to detect thermal abnormalities around the globe. Pair it with your favorite map layer and the Wildfires (Current) layer to stay safe on your next adventure.