Tag Archives: hiking

Get Unlost: Your Guide to Modern Backcountry Navigation

Strong navigation skills are crucial to any successful backcountry outing. A watertight navigation strategy is at the core of backcountry safety—if you know where you are, you can find your way out of a number of unexpected situations. Plus, the very act of route-planning forces you to study the terrain, making you more likely to… Read More »

Track Snow Depth Across the U.S. and Canada

Find the areas with the most snow coverage or avoid snow altogether with new Snow Depth map overlays. Backcountry skiers and riders can scout for snow-covered lines through couloirs, ridge-lines and other areas tucked away in the backcountry while hikers can more easily decide on appropriate routes and footwear. Inspired by a thru-hiker looking to… Read More »

Use Coordinates to Save Waypoints on gaiagps.com

Search and save coordinates as waypoints on gaiagps.com. If you need to paste in coordinates from another website or type in coordinates from one of your paper maps, gaiagps.com now has you covered. This feature is useful for all sorts of Gaia GPS users, from casual hikers to search & rescue personnel. Now, if you… 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 »

Use the Roadless and Trailless Areas Overlays to Find Solitude at a Glance

Next time you need to get away from it all, really get away with Gaia GPS’s new Roadless Areas overlay. Or, go even deeper with the Roadless and Trailless Areas overlay. Maybe you’re looking for a high mountain stream that hasn’t been fished out, a piece of the whitetail season opener you can call your own,… 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 »

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 »

Better Food to Enhance Your Next Backpacking Trip

Frequent hikers and backpackers know how to cook dehydrated meals, but they can get boring pretty quickly. These 5 delicious treats can launch your backcountry cooking game into the next dimension. Cheese Surprisingly, cheese doesn’t always have to stay at home when you hit the trail. It lasts up to 5 days in your pack… Read More »