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How to Plan and Execute a Successful Backpacking Trip in Developing Nations

A few suggestions for your next out of the ordinary adventure.

How to Practice Leave No Trace Principles at Hot Springs

Camping near hot springs can be a magical experience for backpackers, but these unique natural features require special care to minimize human impact.

How to use Gaia GPS to Find Hidden Backcountry Routes

Learn Ryan Jordan's process for discovering hidden backcountry routes by integrating current base maps, satellite imagery layers, and historical USGS maps.

Using lines of position to fix your location on a map

Learn how to identify and use lines of position to help fix your location on a map while traveling in the backcountry.

An Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation

An online live (and recorded) webinar introduction to map and compass use for hiking and backpacking.

How to Use Gaia GPS Slope Angle Overlays & Satellite Imagery to Plan Off-Trail Routes

In this video, I walk through how I use slope angle overlays and satellite imagery to plan off-trail mountaineering routes, focusing on Gaia GPS as the digital mapping software.

How to use the Garmin inReach Mini without a smartphone

Learning how to use the Garmin inReach Mini (or Mini 2) satellite communicator without a smartphone opens up opportunities for overall battery management and more efficient messaging, navigation, and tracking.

Why is it hard to freeze-dry liquids?

In part four of his ongoing series, Drew Smith tackles freeze-drying a smoothie.

The Backpacking Poncho: An Ultralight Alternative to Rain Jackets

Drew Smith makes the case for backpacking ponchos. They provide more ventilation vs. rain jackets and can also function as ultralight tarps.

Why Freeze-Dried Food Retains Taste and Nutrition

In part three of his ongoing series on freeze-drying, Drew Smith explores the science behind how freeze-drying preserves important nutrients - and why it matters.

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