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  • The Best Maps for Overlanding

    by Chris Kracht
    by Chris Kracht

    Take your adventures off-road with the best maps for overlanding. This list includes favorites like USFS Roads and Trails and Motor Vehicle Use Maps, plus 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.

  • Burning eyes, runny nose, and hazy skies indicate that it’s wildfire season. Steer clear of smokey, polluted air on your next adventure with three brand new Smoke Forecast maps. Smoke Forecast (today), Smoke Forecast (24h), and Smoke Forecast (48h) give you a sense of smoke levels all over the continental U.S. for today, tomorrow, and an entire weekend. All three maps are free for Gaia GPS users. Learn how to use them to make informed decisions in the backcountry.

  • The Gaia GPS Offroad podcast launches today with a harrowing story about a run-in with disaster. Experienced overlander Casey Kaiser was on a solo trip in Oregon’s remote desert when all of the sudden his yellow Jeep Wrangler burst into flames, leaving him stranded some 30 miles off-pavement. Tune in to the debut episode to hear how Casey survived this nightmare. Plus, get an inside look at the impressive line up of guests slated for upcoming episodes on our new podcast geared toward dirt road travel.

  • Eight years ago, Jenny and Scott Jurek wanted to visit Japan for their honeymoon. But life got in the way, including Jenny’s career as an outdoor gear and apparel designer, Scott’s record-setting Appalachian Trail thru-hike, and the birth of their two children. With two toddlers in tow, the family shipped their bikes to Hokkaido, Japan. They covered 600 miles over a month while carrying their own gear. By the end, the kids didn’t want to go home. Tune in to the Out and Back podcast to get the inside scoop on the trip and the Jurek’s wild life.

  • Gaia GPS is filled with powerful capabilities to help you plan and navigate on your next adventure — some of which you may not even know about! From customizing your trip display to trimming your tracks, there are easy ways to dial in the app to best suit your needs. Check out these five tips and tricks to get the most out of the app.

  • Navigation is the one skill that every outdoor adventurer should know. Whether you are planning a multi-day backpacking trip or a complex overlanding excursion off the grid, taking the reins on your next adventure will help you feel safer and more confident in the backcountry. Read on to learn how and why you should be the one in your group to hold the map — even if it’s your first time.

  • No cell signal, no problem. Your smartphone still serves as an invaluable toolkit in the backcountry, from a go-to navigation device, to an alarm clock for alpine starts, to one centralized place to conveniently store guidebooks and maps. Check out the most essential and creative ways to use your cell phone in the outdoors, even when you’re far from service.

  • 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. 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.

  • Geography always played a key role in bringing Denver educators Phoebe Novitsky and Ian Silberman together. From summiting the wrong peak to bonking on an epic gravel ride, the couple’s trials and triumphs outside taught them resilience and unconditional love. Ian knew geography would also play a key role in asking for Phoebe’s hand in marriage. Grab a box of tissues and tune in to the Out and Back podcast to learn how Ian used maps (and Gaia GPS, in fact!) to elevate the proposal to the next level.