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…

Read the PostRoute Planning and Navigation – Part 1

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…

Read the PostSmartphones in the Backcountry – Part V

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…

Read the PostSmartphones in the Backcountry – Part III