Category Archives: How-To

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 »

Plan Your Winter Adventure with the Snowfall Forecast Overlay

Whether you’re chasing powder or just trying to avoid a day of postholing in two feet of fresh, the new 24-, 48-, and 72-hour Snowfall Forecast overlays make it easy to dial in your winter trip prep. Available for both iOS users as well as on gaiagps.com, the Snowfall Forecast overlays use color-coded shading to… Read More »

Hiking in Hunting Season: Top 7 Safety Tips

Cool temps and active wildlife make fall popular among both hikers and hunters—and the prospect of crossing paths with a loaded firearm leaves plenty of hikers with concerns. The good news is that, nowadays, hiking during hunting season is pretty safe. Most hunters are conscientious, and incidents are becoming almost non-existent. Pennsylvania, for example, saw… 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 »

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 »

Introducing Gaia GPS Team Accounts

Create a Team on gaiagps.com to outfit your professional organization with Gaia GPS, including all the maps and benefits of a Premium Membership. Manage team members, pay for the team from an official account, and replace your dedicated GPS devices with the best outdoor mapping app. When you open a team account, you’ll get the… 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 »

All New Trails Search Powered by OpenStreetMap — the Largest Open Trail Catalog in the World

Search for trails and plan your next trip faster than ever with a new search engine on gaiagps.com. Send trails, waypoints and download maps directly to your mobile device. OpenStreetMap powers the new search, allowing you to find your next adventure using the largest and most up to date open trail and POI database in… Read More »

Gaia GPS v1.1 for iOS with USFS Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Interactive United States Forest Service’s popular Motor Vehicle Use Maps — now available in Gaia GPS version 1.1 for iOS. Also in this update, two finger map rotation and course-up mode lock. Read about the next generation Gaia GPS here and download it on the App Store today. Interactive Road Access Information Available as an… Read More »