The Gear Guy provides the lowdown on buying a compass or GPS receiver.
VIDEO: Learn about aiming, taking a bearing and other compass tips and tricks.
When you plan a hike, the distance you will walk is only half the story. You’ll also need to know if you’ll have to climb hills and what kind of terrain you’ll be traveling. Topographic maps are the answer. They show you the shape of the land. Learning to read topo maps takes a little practice. Here are a few tips.
Finally, there's a global positioning system receiver with a bright, full-color screen and an affordable price tag.
Sometimes when you're backpacking, the last thing you need is something else to carry. So leave the bulky hand-held global positioning system unit at home and take along the Foretrex 301.
On treasure maps of old, X marked the spot. Today’s treasure might be marked N 41 51.649 W 085 46.433. Confused? Then you probably haven’t heard about geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt activity.
Several techniques you can use to find true north if you don't have a compass.