Category Archives: Gaia GPS

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 »

Best Northern California Backcountry Huts: 5 Must-See Ski-in Cabins of the Sierra

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With snow already accumulating on the slopes near Lake Tahoe and around Northern California, stoke is high for this winter’s ski season. If you are a skier or snowboarder and you haven’t made it to the mountains yet, you’ve probably been dreaming about shredding groomers at Heavenly, tree skiing at Kirkwood, or finding new lines… 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 »

How to Layer while Hiking in the Winter

How to Layer while Hiking in the Winter

Hiking in the winter demands proper attire to avoid both overheating and hypothermia. Learning how to layer the right clothing and materials can make or break a trip. Using the wrong layers can even result in dangerous consequences. As you hike, your body naturally wants to sweat. Your sweat quickly cools your body and can… Read More »

New Year, New Gaia GPS for Android

With the closing of 2017, the beginning of a new year also brings the next generation of Gaia GPS for Android. The v7.0 update for Gaia GPS includes shared folders and a completely redesigned interface. Gaia GPS v7.0 also brings an overall upgrade in performance speed and syncing with gaiagps.com. Shared Folders Going on a… Read More »

Why You Should Always Print Maps Online with Gaia GPS

Mobile apps like Gaia GPS make it possible for everyone to have a high-end navigation tool in their pocket for a fraction of the price. Avid hikers and backpackers download maps to access them offline and use GPS to show their location anywhere in the world. Printed maps offer a super lightweight backup mechanism for… Read More »