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GPS watch buyers guide

GPS watch buyers guide

How to Choose a GPS Watch for Running and Training by Outdoor Gear Lab.


Tips for Surviving Your First Thru-Hike

Meaning of Lite

By Bryce Allison, guest contributor

I’m not a planner, at least not anymore. When I sat down to plan my first thru-hike (Pacific Crest Trail in 2013), I had already read all the guidebooks, scoured countless blogs from previous hikers, and hiked hundreds of miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, but I found myself becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the very thought of planning my life for the next five months. The “ah-ha!” moment for me came when I asked myself out of frustration, “how am I ever going to plan this?” Hearing myself say it aloud made me laugh, and I quickly realized that the question I should really be asking is, “why would I want to plan my life for the next five months?” Instead of planning my thru-hike, I decided to prepare for it and just hope for the best… and it worked!

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Theory of Expedition Planning

Meaning of Lite

GUEST POST: Zand Martin is a NOLS Instructor, the Outside Magazine 2011 Adventurer of the Year, and recently wrapped up a 20,000 kilometer trip around the world. Some of the ideas below were adapted from Zand’s book, NOLS Expedition Canoeing. You can follow his explorations at

Bike Touring Set Up with Backcountry SkisIn preparing for any great human-powered feat, you might feel the weight of detail involved to be a great burden. It shouldn’t be like that – planning a Brooks Range traverse or a family day hike with small children (both great challenges) involve the same steps with varying levels of detail. There are a myriad of tracks on how to plan a journey just so. From the Amundsen technique to the McCandless theories; each explorer, teacher, and adventure mom has their own style.

While internet resources abound, the textbook NOLS Expedition Planning is perhaps the best place to start…

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