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Navigating in the desert

Tips from our experts and readers about traveling in deserts and canyon country

Navigation Center

Learn how to make custom maps, navigate any terrain, and the ins-and-outs of GPS devices and mobile apps in our comprehensive navigation center.

The Manual: Travel Off-Trail

Navigate across scree, snow, and rivers without getting blocked or lost.

Table of Contents: May Maps Issue 2010



BACKPACKER.COM CLUBS

Welcome to our list of clubs, environmental groups, retail shops, and other groups who are using our map tools to plan and share trips, to save wilderness areas, or to meet other hikers.

Next Level: Navigate Cross Country

3 key skills for getting off the trail without getting off course

How to Protect Your Map From the Elements

While you're cozy in your waterproof jacket, your map has to face the rain, or snow, or mud, alone. Learn how to protect this precious piece of paper.

South Is Thata Way

Determine direction without your compass.

GPS For Average Joes

The latest GPS receivers take the mystery out of high-tech route finding. We powered up four models to find the best for backpackers.

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