Category Archives: Adventures

The Maps You Need to Find Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

Warning: We received feedback from search & rescue that people have gotten lost and died while out hunting Fenn’s treasure. Please use caution while venturing into unknown land. For more information on how you can be prepared, please read these guidelines from the US Forest Service. Almost a decade ago, the 80-year-old billionaire Forrest Fenn… Read More »

9 Reasons to Adventure in Japan (And the Best Map to Get You There)

Volcanic mountain ranges, hot springs, and world-class powder skiing are enough to put Japan on any adventure traveler’s map. Next time you’re considering an international vacation, here are a few reasons Japan should make your short list. 1) You get to use the Japan Topo base map. It’s beautiful, accurate, and brand-new to the Gaia… Read More »

Winter Hiking: 10 Things to Remember On Your Next Trip

Winter hiking might just be the fourth season’s best kept secret. Don’t let a chilly forecast keep you indoors. Learn the facts, and use them to master your gear, fueling, and layering systems. Do that, and you can have just as much fun winter hiking as you would in summer. Honest. Capitalize on the fourth… Read More »

Top 10 Day Hikes Near Seattle

A city ringed by emerald waters, glaciated volcanoes, and jagged peaks, Seattle has no shortage of great hikes within a short drive of downtown. But with so many options, the biggest challenge is deciding where to start. Save yourself some time and reference this guide for the best trails and views within a 3-hour drive… Read More »

Ski Often, Ski Safe: How to Plan a Backcountry Ski Tour

After months of waiting, waxing, tuning, and pretending to enjoy trail running, we’re finally on the verge of winter. But as new snow settles into the couloirs and glades, it’s easy to get caught up in the stoke without doing your homework—a potentially fatal mistake when you’re backcountry skiing in avalanche terrain. To get the… Read More »

93 Miles Around Mount Rainier: How to Thru-Hike the Wonderland Trail

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Early summer is here. The days are long, warm, and gorgeous. But for those of us looking forward to backpacking season in the Pacific Northwest, summer won’t truly arrive for another two months. Snow still abounds in the Cascades and Olympics, covering some of the best backpacking routes in the state: Seven Lakes Basin in… Read More »

7 Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Plan the Ultimate Backcountry Ski Trip

7 Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Plan the Ultimate Backcountry Ski Trip

Smartphones may be the best piece of outdoor gear you can take with you into the backcountry. In this article, learn how to use mobile apps both online and off to plan an unforgettable backcountry ski trip this winter. Start the planning process by determining the best location to backcountry ski based on weather, avalanche… Read More »

The Art of Layering : What to Wear While Winter Hiking

How to Layer while Hiking in the Winter

When it comes to layering for winter hiking, seemingly tiny decisions can make or break a trip. Sure, snowy landscapes and crisp mornings sound great in theory, but in cold weather, the stakes are higher, and wearing the wrong clothes can leave you either too cold or too damp from sweat—both of which can lead… Read More »

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Many National Forests across the United States allow free dispersed camping. This post will show you how to use Gaia GPS to find free camping spots before heading out and navigate when you get there. Dispersed camping refers to camping outside of established campgrounds, typically with no amenities like bathrooms or running water. Sites vary… Read More »