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December 8, 2017

This is the second part of our series intended for the novice to intermediate adventurers, hikers, trail runners, or anyone who is looking to broaden their horizons exploring the outdoors. The intent is to provide a very practical guide to understanding terrain, reading maps, planning a route using some tools available online, and navigating using modern methods (GPS/Smartphone) as well…

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December 5, 2017

This short series is intended for the novice to intermediate adventurers, hikers, trail runners, or anyone who is looking to broaden their horizons exploring the outdoors. The intent is to provide a very practical guide to understanding terrain, reading maps, planning a route using some tools available online, and navigating using modern methods (GPS/Smartphone) as well as traditional methods (map…

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June 17, 2015

This is the final chapter of our series. Our previous article (Part IV) focused on using Google Earth to create maps that will work with our navigational apps. In this article we’ll be focusing on Caltopo as our trip planning tool to create digital maps – and to make some prints. This will start off with the basics so it…

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June 14, 2015

Our series continues and we’re getting close to wrapping it up. Our previous article (Part III) discussed the pro’s and con’s of Google Earth and Caltopo as trip planning tools. In this article we’re going to look exclusively at using Google Earth to create some maps. This will start off with the basics so it should be as good a…

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June 12, 2015

This post is less about Smartphones than the other articles in this series (Part I, Part II) and more about trip planning software, however it integrates into the subject perfectly and without this piece of the puzzle the other articles are not quite complete. So, in this installment we’ll be taking a quick look at two software packaces: Google Earth…

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May 25, 2015

This is the second post in our 3-part series about Smartphones in the Backcountry. We just wrapped up a primer on all things-smartphone in Part I. Now we’ll take a look at several types of apps that will be essential to making the most of your smartphone in your outdoor activities. These will include apps for navigation, activity tracking, geocaching,…

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May 22, 2015

Smartphones… many of us own one and use it on a daily basis. They’re great for accomplishing all the tasks of modern urban existence… texting, tweeting, checking email, taking selfies, taking pictures of latte’s and charcuterie on wooden planks… you know, important stuff. They don’t seem so smart though once you’re off the grid. Don’t despair however. In this post…

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August 4, 2014

Gear creep is sort of inevitable in any gear-heavy activity; even the seemingly most basic activities like running tend to attract gear like crazy. It’s important to re-focus and pare down those gears after acquiring more things, usually as our respective kits evolve. Organization is key when one wants to keep things light and simple. Having a good perspective on…

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February 14, 2014

Man oh man, this winter has been a strange one! Well it depends on your locale of course, but here in California we had some nice early snow, then nothing… not a drop for months. We did see some unusually cold temperatures which sort of made us cringe and not want to go outside. In other parts of the US,…

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October 14, 2013

Does it feel like an early winter is coming? It does to me! This means it will be time to venture out into to white stuff soon. If you plan to pitch anything on the snow and you want it to be there when you wake up, you’ll probably want to invest in a set of snow stakes. Here’s a…

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