Knowing how to read a topographic map is the foundation to any backcountry adventure. 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 a mountain. Learn how to read topo maps like a pro.
Dreaming of winter vacation? Whether you’re craving a balmy escape or looking for a snowy adventure far away from the crowds, explore the top 10 national parks to visit during winter.
Dreaming of taking an exotic vacation? Plan now, travel later with the Nat Geo Baja California maps. Find the best spots for surfing and sightseeing along the coast, or follow remote backroads to reach the rugged 10,000’ peaks of the interior. These maps are available with a Premium membership and cover both the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur — an adventure paradise!
Fastpacking is the next evolution of wilderness trips for those who want to go farther and faster. Practically speaking, such an endeavor entails jogging the descents, shuffling the flats, power-hiking the hills, and eating a lot of snacks, all while carrying a minimalist pack. Here’s how to get started.
Finding your way in the backcountry may be as simple as paying attention to the natural world around you. Raging rIvers, prevailing winds, and moss growing on tress can help you stay on course. Learn these top natural navigation clues to stay found even when you don’t have a compass handy.
Adventuring with your partner can be challenging to say the least. But don’t give up when tensions run high. Tim and Marisa Notier are living proof that it can be done — even when you share a seat on a motorcycle for five years. From Illinois to Argentina, the top of Africa to the bottom, the Notiers have explored the natural world and their relationship’s limits. Get their insights on how they make it work and manage to have some fun along the way.
On a high avalanche danger day last February, two parties sought out safer, low angle-terrain in Utah’s Wasatch mountains. A colossal avalanche swept through the zone. Four of eight people died. Avalanche Forecaster Nikki Champion of the Utah Avalanche Center, who investigated this tragic accident, gives the low down on what went wrong and what we can learn.
Take your adventures off-road with the best maps for overlanding. This list includes favorites like Gaia Overland, USFS Roads and Trails, and Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Plus unlock a few bonus maps you might not know about. Discover new trails, go further off the grid, and be prepared for what’s ahead with these key map sources.
Looking for a peaceful (and free) escape to the outdoors? Many National Forests across the United States allow free dispersed camping. Use Gaia GPS to find those free camping spots before heading out and navigate when you get there.
Ashley and Richard Giordano were the picture of success in 2013. But deep down, they were burned out from city life. Find out how a little red Toyota pickup truck and a leap of faith sent them to the Arctic Ocean in the dead of winter.