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 »

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 »

How to Go Hunting with Gaia GPS Map Sources

How to go Hunting with Gaia GPS Map Sources

Gaia GPS can help keep you safe and legal, hunting across the United States. With a Premium Membership that’s currently just $40 per year, Gaia GPS has a comprehensive catalog of maps for hunters, including private parcels, public land boundaries, game management units (GMUs), and other overlays, combined with the best digital topo maps and… Read More »

Access Private Land Data for the US with a Premium Membership

Premium Members can now reference land ownership for the entire US, with the newly released US Private Land overlay. This new Premium overlay complements the current Public Land overlay and lets users easily view land ownership information and parcel sizes. US Private Land The US Private Land overlay includes interactive information allowing users to tap… Read More »