Tag Archives: safety

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »