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GPS



Fall Gear Guide 2013: Electronics

Stay connected while off the grid.

Route Planner: Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS

The first GPS unit from maps maker Rand McNally.

Gear Review: Garmin Oregon 650 GPS

This is one of the most powerful--yet compact--GPS units we've ever tested.

Carry the best maps for your adventures.

New Elite program from map partner Trimble Outdoors serves up best-in-class trip planning tools, exclusive map data, and mobile app extras.

Grand Canyon National Park: Custom adventure maps on waterproof paper

Our editors map their favorite trips on custom-centered topos. Order today!

Navigating in the desert

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

Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist 310 North America GPS

A perfect starter GPS unit, with a great price and minimal drawbacks.

Gear Review: Brunton Sustain2 Battery

Your electronics will never run out of juice with this portable battery charger.

Gear Review: Magellan Switch Series GPS

This GPS is perfect, however you get from A to B.

Gear Review: Suunto Ambit Watch

The sleekest, best GPS watch yet.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Navigation

Never get lost with these navigation tools.

Gear Review: Nikon Coolpix 510 Camera

A point-and-shoot with advanced hiker-centric chops

Apps and Maps

From GPS data to navigation apps and printed maps, we have you covered and can get you ready for your next adventure.

Navigation Webinar: FOR TESTING



Navigation Webinar: Go Farther with Maps and GPS

In this beginner friendly course, BACKPACKER Map Editor Andrew Matranga teaches the essentials of map reading, GPS, and compass, plus how to use today's best digital mapping tools to plan trips, to navigate in the field and to share adventures once you get home.

Gear Guide 2012: NRS HydroLock Dry Bag

A giant roll-top and zip-top dry bag in one

Gear Guide 2012: Electronics

Cameras, gadgets, and cases for the trail.

Gear Guide 2012: Backcountry Solutions Geek Pocket

A backpacker-friendly smartphone or GPS case that doesn't block signals

Gear Guide 2012: Garmin GPSMAP 62stc

A top-performing GPS unit with photo-location capabilities.

Editors' Choice 2012: inReach by DeLorme

Send and receive with the ultimate backcountry communicator.

BACKPACKER GPS Trails PRO Trips

We've taken the best trips on backpacker.com and made them even better. Check out updated, interactive PRO trips and PRO bundles on GPS Trails. Use your Android or iPhone to discover these premium guides, or map your own adventures and share them with your friends.

BACKPACKER PRO Maps: Custom maps for your adventures

We've teamed up with map partner myTopo to create custom, pre-planned adventures printed on waterproof topo paper. No need to buy and carry multiple maps. Bonus: PRO Maps sync with your handheld GPS, your smartphone, or your tablet for a complete in-field mapping experience. Our archive is over 100 maps strong and growing.

Backpacker Bible: Find Your Way

Join a long line of enlightened travelers who have navigated the wilderness–and discover a whole new world that lies beyond well-marked trails and guided trips.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Editors' Picks

The editors of Backpacker and Climbing weigh in on their favorite pieces of gear and gadgets.

Editors' Picks with Associate Editor Kim Phillips

This associate map editor likes to stay well connected.

Editors' Picks with Deputy Editor Anthony Cerretani

Gadgets to help you lop off the miles.

Editors' Picks with Map Editor Andrew Matranga

Gadgets and gear from our resident map editor.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Top 3 Hiking Apps

Three hiking-focused apps - for iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Navigation - GPS Units & Apps

Never get lost again, with these four GPS units and three hiking apps.

Gear Review: Bushnell BackTrack D-TOUR

This budget-friendly, no-frills device delivers basic safety and positioning without adding weight.

Gear Review: Garmin Montana 650T

You’ll get in-car voice and off-trail navigation on 1:100K USA topo maps, plus a 5MP camera that snaps crisp, geotagged images.

Gear Review: Garmin eTrex 30 GPS Unit

A compact, durable unit with sophisticated features like barometric altimeter.

Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist 710

An all-in-one unit that captures GPS, photos, 320x240 video, and audio.

BACKPACKER Map Maker iPad app

Plan hikes and backpacking trips, plus other outdoor adventures like never before on detailed, interactive topo maps and aerial photos.

The Manual: Plan a Trip with GPS

Learn how to plot your own digital adventures with precision--then print the maps and prep your GPS.

Navigation Center: Videos

Learn the basics of using GPS devices and watch amazing Google 3D flyovers in our special navigation focused video center.

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.

Gear News: DELORME TO LAUNCH TWO-WAY GPS, "inReach"

New inReach device from Delorme offers two-way communication and much more.

Outdoor Apps for Android Users

Don't let iPhone fanatics fool you: There are tons of great outdoor apps for the other operating system.

Gear Guide 2011: Essential Apps

Load up your smartphone or iPad with these backpacker-friendly apps.

Gear Guide 2011: Essentials

Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: WEEKEND HIKER

Outfit your mama with the perfect overnight gear.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2011

Whether you're shopping for your wife, mom, girlfriend, or BFF we've done the heavy lifting for you with 40 picks that are sure to make her Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator

Manage your social network from anywhere

Gear Review: XC navigation skills

Learn everything you need to know to get from point a. to point b.

Gear Review: DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator

GPS + Spot + Text Messaging

Gear Review: Brunton Pioneer 26DNL Compass

A compass that floats.

Editors' Choice 2011: DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator

Here's a high-tech trifecta: Navigate the backcountry and call for emergency help and stay connected with those at home.

Reader Rated: Tech Gear

Attention e-hikers: Upgrade–and power–your gadgets with these five finds.

Gear Review: USBCell AAs Rechargable Batteries

Able to recharge off of any USB port

Gear Review: Garmin Dakota 20 GPS

Easy to read touch screen with a tough hard-shell

Gear Review: Powermonkey Explorer Solar Charger

Holds a lot of power, comes with 11 adapter tips, and charges quickly

Gear Review: High Gear ATF8 Watch

Clips to your pack for easy access to stats like temperature and altitude

Gear Review: Silva Guide Series 426 Compass

A basic sighting compass that is lightweight, durable, and unsinkable.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Navigation Devices

Stay on track with the best GPS units. Plus, awesome navigation apps.

3 Top Navigation Apps

Stay on track with these three navigation and hiking apps.

Gear Review: SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

Never go missing with this personal locator beacon.

Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist GC

Geocaching just got easier with this palm-size GPS unit.

Gear Review: Garmin GPSMAP 62st

The pinpoint accuracy of this GPS system will keep you on track even in the most narrow valleys.

10 Best iPhone Apps for the Outdoors

These applications might not qualify as the 10 Essentials, but they're pretty sweet to have on the trail nonetheless.

The Manual: Travel Off-Trail

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

Gear Review: Timex Ironman Global Trainer Bodylink System

Record your elevation changes, distance, speed, and heart rate all with one (big) watch.

Start Mapping: Tools To Help You Map Your World

5 ways to embark on your own cartographic adventure

Navigate: Whiteout, Darkness, and Fog

Just because you can't see in front of you doesn't mean you can't navigate.

Navigate: Forests and Mountains

Skirt forests and mountains with ease with these tips and gear.

Navigation: Canyons and Deserts

Learn how to stay on track and find water safely in the desert and canyons.

Navigation: Lakes and Oceans

Triangulate, forge through wind, and learn the tides with these water-bound navigation tips.

Navigation: Exploring Off-Trail

When your route takes you off-trail you can still be on course with these navigation tips.

How to Navigate Any Condition, Terrain

Field-proven skills for wild weather and terrain.

Table of Contents: May Maps Issue 2010



Win BACKPACKER's App For iPhone!

Starting May 17, we'll give one away every weekday for a month on our Facebook page--if you can be the first to post the correct answer to our daily map trivia question.

Gear Review: Tech40 TraiLeader Jet

A wristtop altimeter, compass, and accelerometer.

Toughest Gear: Trails Illustrated Maps

These waterproof maps are unruffled by rain, sleet, and snow.

Toughest Gear: Magellan Meridian

A groundbreaking GPS that just won't break.

BACKPACKER Editors' Toughest Gear

Thirty indestructible gear picks from two decades of hardcore field-testing.

Backpacker GPS Trails App for iPhone

Want to map and share your own adventures with the click of a button? Looking for instant access to thousands of GPS-enabled hikes? Look no further than GPS Trails. Just download the app and turn your phone into the ultimate navigation device and portable trip database.

Backpacker GPS Trails for Android

Want to map and share your own adventures with the click of a button? Looking for instant access to thousands of GPS-enabled hikes? Look no further than GPS Trails. Just download the app and turn your phone into the ultimate navigation device and portable trip database.

My Island, My Map: Downloadle Bainbridge Island Map

If you think you missed the age of exploration and discovery, you haven't tried the latest mapping tools.

Gear Review: iPhone

The best smartphone for the backcountry

Gear Review: Lowrance Endura Sierra

A fully-featured GPS

Gear Review: Garmin Dakota 20

A bargain GPS

Gear Review: Bheestie Bag

Resurrect electronics that have taken a swim

Gear Review: GoPro HD Hero Camera

A versatile body camera that shoots HD video

Gear Field Test: Outdoor Watches

Map a route. Predict the weather . Record altitude data. Track your speed and heart rate. Today's outdoor watches do it all–and then they send it to your computer.

Gear Review: Timex Expedition WS4 Watch

This one-glance watch was built with the input of renowned alpinist Conrad Anker.

Gear Review: Tech40 TraiLeader Pro Watch

This compact piece packs all the technology and none of the size.

Gear Review: Freestyle Nomad Watch

This durable and accurate timepiece is also a bargain.

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 310XT

This watch boasts all the bells and whistles of a great training watch and GPS device.

Gear Review: Suunto X10 Watch

Map your route and much more with this high-tech wrist watch.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Navigation

Never get, or stay, lost with these navigation devices.

Winter Camping: Navigation

Learn to figure out where you are (even in a whiteout) and prevent, or stop, a snowy fall.

Gear Review: Lowrance Endura Sierra

The Lowrance Endura Sierra comes chalk full of street and topo maps.

Gear Review: Garmin Oregon 550t

This top-shelf GPS can pinch hit as a digital camera.

Gear Review: Garmin Foretrex 401

This wrist-ready, weather-resistant GPS device is only 2.2 ounces.

Gear Review: Delorme PN-30

This sturdy GPS device is only $300 and comes loaded with topos.



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.

Weekend Planner: Go High-Tech

Go wireless, get dialed in, and navigate like a pro with these gadgets.

Gear Review: Osprey MapWrap

This map case is the best way to tote your map into the backcountry since the Ziploc bag.

Yosemite's North Rim: Exclusive Google Flyover Video & Photo Slideshow

Kelly Bastone hiked a long-forgotten trail through Yosemite's North Rim and documented the trek on video, in photographs, and using GPS.

Editors' Choice Awards 2009

The best new gear. That's what earns our seal of approval, and only after months of hardcore testing. This year, we subjected dozens of products to heinous trail conditions from Alaska to Wales. In the end, 18 survived to take our top honor.

Editors' Choice 2009: Nikon Coolpix P6000 Camera

Backpackers get a made-to-order digital camera with the first affordable GPS-enabled shooter.

Editors' Choice 2009: Garmin Oregon 400t GPS

Meet the ultimate GPS: simple enough for beginners, wonky enough for experts, powerful enough for all.

Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.

Review: Sony Reader

No need for a pile of paperback in your pack, this e-reader stores over 100 novels

Portable Power: Battery Chargers

Got juice? Here are energy solutions for everything from weekend hikes to an Everest expedition.

Electronic Convergence: Multitasking GPS Units

Forget your daddy's compass: Today's navigation instruments do everything but cook dinner.

Miniwiz HyMini Delux Portable Fan

The HyMini solar-powered fan does way more then just keep you cool

Brunton Solaris and Solo Battery Charger

Need power? The Brunton Solaris charges any device you've got using included solar panels or a battery pack for low light conditions.

Duracell PowerSource Mini Portable Battery Charger

The compact PowerSource Mini gives a power boost to just about anything, including your USB-compatible devices.

Field Notes: Earphones, Headlamp, Avalanche Probe



Pieps iProbe Avalanche Probe

Outsmart mother nature with Pieps iProbe, an avalanche probe with potential for faster rescue times.

Petzl Ultra Headlamp

The Petzl Ultra uses LED's for brightest, and most costly, headlamp.

AirDrives Interactive Earphones

AirDrives Interactive Earphones stay put on bumpiest trails and helps you rock out safely.

Oregon Scientific ATC3K Camcorder

Lightweight and durable, the low cost Oregon Scientific ATC3K camcorder is practically outdoor-proof.

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 Camcorder

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 packs face detection, a touch screen and HD quality into lightweight camcorder.

Canon Vixia HF10 Digital Video Camera

Small and compact, Canon's Vixia HF10 produces great HD-quality video and easy-to-use interfaces for any budding outdoors filmmaker.

3 Ways To Save: Video

If you want to save time, weight, or money when buying a video camera, we found the best options.

Sony H50 Digital Camera

Sony's H50 camera is packed with features like a infrared night mode, movable screen and easy-to-use slide shows.

Olympus Stylus 1030SW Digital Camera

The sturdy Olympus Stylus could be a backpacker's best point-and-shoot yet, with it's smash-proof LCD and a high 10-megapixel image sensor.

Canon PowerShot A590 Digital Camera

Canon's PowerShot A590 delivers some adjustable manual-like features in a bulky device too big for most front pockets.

Sony W300 Digital Camera

Sony's W300 packs a massive 13.2 megapixel sensor and trail-friendly scratch-resistant body.

Sony W130 Digital Camera

Simple and thin, Sony's W130 features crisp pictures and web-ready video.

Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera

Protected against small amounts of water, this sturdy camera is for the klutz in all of us.

Nikon Coolpix L18

Nixon's budget-priced point and shoot camera runs on AAs

Canon SD 890 IS Digital Camera

A perfect, pocket-sized digital camera for any weekend warrior.

All-Around Champ: Garmin Oregon 400t

The Garmin Oregon 400t GPS is a fast, simple and full-featured GPS device well worth the extra bucks

The Multitasker: Magellan Triton 2000 GPS

The Magellan Triton 2000 GPS is packed full of outdoor-worthy features.

Picture Taker: Nokia N95 Cell Phone GPS

Capture your trail memories with the 5-megapixel camera and light-duty GPS of the Nokia N95 cell phone.

Bargain: Magellan Triton 200 GPS

Experience fewer lost signals with the Magellan Triton 200, a basic GPS for a bargain price.

Great Communicator: Apple iPhone 3G

Apple iPhone 3G brings maps and downloadable GPS software to your fingertips.

Speed Navigator: Garmin Colorado 400t GPS

With a quad-helix antenna and preloaded topo maps, the Garmin Colorado 400t is the fastest of GPS units.

Weatherproof Your Electronics

Rain, snow, cold, hard knocks–the backcountry can be tough on trail gadgets. You can either upgrade your devices, or learn how to protect them.

How to Shoot Video in Any Condition

Beat wind, rain, and snow with 5 tips from an expert outdoor cameraman.

Mediastreet eMotion MP3 Player

Solar charge all your outdoor electronics with Mediastreet's MP3 Player.

Freeplay FreeCharge 12V



Eton Microlink FR150 Weather Radio

Solar panels and hand crank keep Eton Microlink FR150 weather radio going and going.

Camera Pack Review: Crumpler Karachi Outpost

This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.

I Climbed Los Angeles

One small step for our stair-obsessed man, one giant leap for fitness freaks everywhere.

Big Trips Made Easy: Hayduke Trail, UT

Finding total Southwest solitude

Big Trips Made Easy: Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA

Exploring a high, wild corner of the North Cascades

Big Trips Made Easy: Allagash Wilderness Waterway, ME

Floating a liquid maze in the Northeast's lake-riddled forests

Big Trips Made Easy: High Sierra, CA

Rambling a granite redoubt

Hike It: 4 Big Trips Made Easy

Ready to dial up the adventure meter? Try out your digital skills–and go places most people can't–on these life-list journeys.

Share and Share Alike?: Top Five Photo Sharing Sites

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world. Web-based photo sites aren't all created equal. Here are our top 5.

Photos 101: Save and Share Your Photos, Produce a Slideshow, and Print Your Images

Learn how to save your photos, print them, get published, and produce an audio visual slideshow.

Post Your Video Online

Learn how to upload your video to YouTube and tap a social network like Facebook or MySpace to post links to your movie. Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share Your Trip; Make and Show Off Your Map

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share It: All the World's a (Cyber) Stage

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room--or around the world.

The Cutting Room: Editing Programs and Storage

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Video

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Photos

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: GPS

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Organize It: The Cutting Room

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Field School: Trail-Tested Tech

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures. The best new digital tools for every budget and skill level.

Field School: Essential Tips

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Make a Movie

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Capture Classic Images and Record Your Hike

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Document It: Field School

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

4 Trip-Planning Sites and Top Tech Tools

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Get Maps and Go

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Plan the Perfect Trip

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it. Here's how to get started the high-tech way.

Plan It: New Tools, New Rules

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

iHike: Hiking in the Digital Age

A Complete Guide to the Digital Revolution–and How to Join It

Backpacker Editors' Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.

March 2008 Essentials Review: Navigation



March 2008 Essentials Review: High Tech



How to Organize a Backpack

By loading your backpack properly you protect your gear and prevent back issues--plus it's easy to find the gear you need.

Reading Topo Maps: Understanding Map Symbols and Colors

Dotted, dashed, and curvy. Red, blue, and brown. All these colors and styles criss-cross a topo map. Learn what they mean.

Learn How to Stay On Course

By understanding your terrain, knowing your pace, and reading the map regularly you can stay on course wherever you are.

Navigation 101: Understanding Your Compass

If you don't know what triangulation is, read this article.

Reading Topo Maps: Understanding Contour Lines

Topo maps just look like a children's drawing if you don't know what contour lines are.

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.

How to Align Your Compass

Learn how to orient your map with a few basic compass skills



Shoot It, Film It, Find It

Cameras, camcorders, and GPS–our testers pick the best for the trail.

Top 4 Digital Cameras

All our picks weigh less than 8 ounces and cost less than $400.

Top 4 Digital Camcorders

Four packable, trailworthy camcorders that could launch your YouTube career

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and can save you money. Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of rechargeable batteries.

December '07 Gear Test: 3D Connexion Space Navigator, Purosol Sport/Marine, Solio, The Pod

The Backpacker testers try out some ingenious products for photo taking, map making, screen cleaning, and portable recharging.

Smart Chart: Find Your Perfect GPS Unit

Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.

GPS 201: Using Advanced Navigational Tools

Don't be daunted by a thick owner's manual. Unlocking your unit's advanced navigational tools is easier than you think.

GPS Review: Garmin eTrex Legend C

A reliable and moderately priced unit with high-end capabilities

GPS Review: TomTom GO 300

Just throw this unit in the car and go

GPS Review: Garmin Rino 520

You'll never lose your partner if you're each carrying a Rino.

GPS Review: Brunton Atlas MNS

If cost is no object, this unit is like having an interactive topo map at your fingertips.

GPS Review: Nextel BlackBerry 7100i

Get a mobile phone, data organizer, walkie-talkie, and GPS, all in one device.

GPS Review: Motorola i560 GPS Cell Phone

This rugged unit will let you call home from the trail

GPS Review: Garmin Foretrex 101

A favorite unit for beginners

GPS Review: TomTom GO 300

Don't fight over where the trailhead starts. Get this handy gadget and you'll find it every time.

GPS Review: Garmin Foretrex 101

Get started--or get simple--with the best GPS deal

Next Level: Off-Trail Navigation

Use a map, compass, and GPS unit to plot an ambitious route with this beginner's guide to bushwhacking

Technology Review: Contact 3.0 Hiking Package

Satellite broadcasting gets light, cheap, and trailworthy

Backcountry Technology Review: Electronics and GPS

Your complete guide to the latest in outdoor electronics, including a smart watch, a weatherproof MP3 player, and the best in GPS.

Offshore GPS: How to Navigate in the Water

New tools for water navigation: Strap one to your thwart, and you'll never paddle in circles again.

GPS Basics

What's GPS, how does it work, and will it help you?

A Cure For Latitude And Longitude: Using UTM Coordinates

Learn this mapping technique for better off-trail travel.

GPS Fast Fixes

Don't let your GPS unit stump you. Try one of these suggestions to get your unit trail ready.

How To Speak GPS

Common GPS terms you should know.

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.

Understanding GPS

Using your GPS is easier than you think.

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