Freezing in the shade, sweltering in the sun, thermoregulation proves particularly tricky as the days get colder and shorter. Don’t worry, we have a solution so you can keep getting after it no matter the weather: layers. Layering is an art form, and we’re here to help you master it.
Don’t let cold feet hold you back. Stay warm and dry with our Snow Depth map. Inspired by a thru-hiker looking to track snow depths along the Pacific Crest Trail with Gaia GPS, the Snow Depth map lets you find snow-free trails from the comfort of your couch.
Dreaming of winter vacation? Whether you’re craving a balmy escape or looking for a snowy adventure far away from the crowds, explore the top 10 national parks to visit during winter.
Don’t let your weekend plans go up in smoke. Gaia GPS’s robust collection of weather maps can help you avoid current wildfires and find smoke-free skies. Learn how to use these (free!) wildfire, smoke, and air quality maps and find safer places to hike, bike, or camp.
Join us in soaking up the last of summer by celebrating the holiday weekend outside! Between now and the end of Tuesday (11:59 pm PT), go on an adventure and add a photo waypoint to your Gaia GPS map for a chance to receive a $25 gift card to the Outside Shop! Don’t know how to add a photo waypoint to the map? No sweat. Read on to learn how to add photo waypoints and to make the most of waypoints in general. Happy adventuring!
We realize it’s still winter, but prime campsites for summer are going fast. Now you can snag the campsite of your dreams before it’s too late right from Gaia GPS. A new recreation.gov (http://recreation.gov/) integration on our Gaia Topo map puts the official resource for public campsites across the US at your fingertips. Make reservations, view photos, find out how many vehicles are permitted and if there’s a fire ring.
Making a great cup of coffee in the backcountry is tricky. You can enjoy a silky smooth cup from a french press, but you have to lug around the equipment and the messy grounds. Or you can settle for the convenience and featherlight weight of instant coffee, but that often tastes terrible. Tune in to the Out and Back podcast to hear pro thru-hikers Heather “Anish” Anderson, Hiking Viking, Adventure Alan, and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas settle this debate once and for all.
Spy fall foliage from the comfort of your couch and time your leaf peeping just right with the help of a few trusted tools, including two of our special map layers. FreshSat — Recent and FreshSat — Cloud Free give you near-in-time satellite imagery from all over the world, showing you where leaves are blazing the most brightly near you.
Fastpacking is the next evolution of wilderness trips for those who want to go farther and faster. Practically speaking, such an endeavor entails jogging the descents, shuffling the flats, power-hiking the hills, and eating a lot of snacks, all while carrying a minimalist pack. Here’s how to get started.
Fifteen years ago, an owl swooped down to Mike Clelland with a message. That event changed the trajectory of his life, leading Mike to become a leading historian and author on the connection between highly charged owl encounters and UFO abduction. Yes, you read that correctly. Tune in to the newest episode of the Out and Back podcast and be prepared to never look at the world the same way again.