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Do You (Still) Need Maps to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

What a question! Do you still need maps to hike a Triple Crown Trail? But an honest one, since the Appalachian Trail is so well blazed, signed, and heavily traveled that you can often just follow the groove eroded in the ground, the white blazes or other hikers headed your way. But despite advances in technology […]

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he Saco River Trail runs through Crawford Notch in New Hampshire

Trail Blazing Conventions and Guidelines

The first question that most volunteer trail adopters ask is “When do I get to paint a blaze?” I know, because it was one of the first questions I asked when I volunteered to adopt a trail on Mt Washington. But there’s more to painting blazes than meets the eye, requiring careful consideration of the […]

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Before setting out, it's good to get everyone on the same page in terms of declination, GPS datumns, and waypoints

Backcountry Navigation in a Group by Blake Miller

There is nothing more enjoyable than hiking with friends in the backcountry. However, preparation is essential for any wilderness trek.  When hiking in a group, it’s important for everyone to be on the same page regarding our navigation.  Agree in advance to some simple parameters before heading out.  The following recommendations can be done at home […]

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Presidential Traverse Topo

Time Control Plan for a Presidential Traverse

How long does it take to hike a Presidential Traverse? That depends on a lot of factors, but there is a way to figure it out using a navigational aid called a Time Control Plan. Time control plans (TCP) are used to estimate the time and required to reach a destination and predefined way points along […]

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Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

SectionHiker Gear of the Year Award: Casio PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

Every year, I like to recognize a piece of gear that has the biggest transformational impact on my hiking and backpacking experience by giving it the Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award. This year’s winner is the Casio PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch whose built-in barometric altimeter helped transform my off-trail navigation skills this year. […]

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Two-way communication with Search and Rescue

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator Review

The DeLorme inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator and GPS tracking device that sends and receive text messages, can send an SOS message for help, and track your route and GPS waypoints, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. I’ve been using one since late summer on all of […]

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