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British student uses GPS to meticulously map his campus, and the result is awesomeWhile we here at BACKPACKER typically highlight GPS usage in the wilds of the Great Outdoors, we’ve found something so completely awesome that we want to give a shout-out to one of the most-innovative uses of GPS we’ve ever seen.
Become an official BACKPACKER Map Correspondent and get free gear and an epic tripSummer hiking season's on, and we’re looking for a few good hikers to help us expand our digital map room and make even more miles of trails available for download to GPS units, smartphones, and computers. All you need is a GPS unit, a love of the outdoors, and a bit of a gear fetish.
Navigation freaks will thrill to this DIY contraptionAt BACKPACKER, we consider ourselves to be navigation freaks: maps, compasses, GPSs—we can geek out to them all day. But we've been outdone by this Instructables crew, who've figured out a way to make an entire table out of compasses.
Military plans to activate more GPS satellites over the next year or twoThe days of losing your GPS signal while hiking in a deep, forested valley may soon be over, thanks to Uncle Sam. The U.S. military's Strategic Command department plans to activate more GPS satellites over the next year or two, increasing the number from 24 to 27. Read Full Story...
String together an impressive collection of thermal features on this 1.7-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin.This 1.7-mile lasso loop in Norris Geyser Basin visits the ever-changing thermal features of Back Basin. Boasting the hottest thermal landscape in Yellowstone National Park, this area of bubbling caldrons is a memorable stop on your park tour. From the parking area, head west to the Norris Geyser Basin Museum. At the museum, take the left-most path downhill, then veer left at the next junction to enter the stark expanses of Back Basin. Read more trail details, download GPS coordinates, and see short video clips of bubbling springs at backpacker.com/hikes/300076. Read Full Story...
Hike near theropod and sauropod dinosaur tracks, then ditch the roadside crowds for some solitude and abundant views of the Paluxy River Valley on this 6.8-mile loop.
Trek to the border of New Jersey along PA's finest section of the Appalachian Trail.
Hike past rushing creeks, numerous overlooks, and verdant hills on the Superior Hiking Trail, then bike back on the Munger Trail on this 14.4-mile loop near Duluth.
Ford creeks and rivers and traipse past rocky overlooks on this 17.6-mile loop along Alabama's secluded Pinhoti Trail.
This rugged, 16.8-mile, 2-day backpacking trip reveals classic Appalachian wonders: idyllic waterfall-laden hollows, reborn woodlands, and scenic backcountry campsites.