Best Layers for Hikers in GaiaGPS

4 Best Layers for Hikers in GaiaGPS

These are the four layers I use when planning a hike and navigating with GaiaGPS.

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identify bear tracks in snow

How to Identify Bear Tracks in Snow

It’s so exciting to identify bear tracks in snow. A clean bear print is an impressive thing, always a thrill to see.

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Hiker standing in snow on mountain ridge

How to Winter Hike: The Essential Roundup

If you’ve never hiked in winter, this is a great page to get started on your winter hike journey.

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27 Unbeatable Winter Hiking Tips

Hate the coldest season? With a little extra gear and prep, and these winter hiking tips, you can stay warm and dry and hike into the wilderness for an incredible adventure.

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How to Prepare for Your First Sunrise Hike

What to bring, when to go, what to expect. Everything you need to know.

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How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

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Essential Winter Hiking Gear Checklist

Grab this essential winter hiking gear checklist and stay safer on the hills this winter.

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Herd path

Should We Stop Bushwhacking the Catskills?

I asked, “How can hikers best use the mountains right now, in terms of bushwhacking? Should we cool it for a while?”

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Santanoni Peak in the distance

Top 6 Hiking Dangers

With some basic knowledge and gear, mountain hiking is rarely dangerous. However, without adequate prep, things can turn ugly quickly. 

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frozen trees on the summit of Wittenberg / winter hiking essentials

Winter Hiking Essentials

Winter hiking essentials — crucial gear and intel to hike safely this winter.

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How to Shorten Your Reservoir Hose

This is a great 2-minute project. Shorten your reservoir hose and enjoy every future hike that little bit more.

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wet dog in front of waterfall

Hike Your Dog Safely in the Summer Heat

From springtime on, heat indices can regularly blow past safe limits for our canine companions. Here’s how to keep your pooch cool and safe on the trail this season.

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Black Fly

Black Fly Bites

When to watch for black flies, how best to avoid them, how to repel them, and how to treat their super-itchy bites.

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Best Camera Settings for Photographing Sunsets & Sunrises (40+ Tips)

Plan, prepare and shoot the perfect sunrise or sunset photo. Here’s everything you need to know.

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adult human fingertips beside bobcat print in snow

Identify Bobcat vs Coyote Prints in Snow

One of the most exciting things to discover on a winter hike is a set of bobcat or coyote tracks in the snow — but which is which?

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two hikers in snowy forest

35 Best Quick Tips for a Safe Winter Hike

These 35 tips for winter hiking will help keep you safe in the harshest conditions

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Hello, I’m Sean

I write independent hiking content to help hikers like you find amazing hikes in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Gunks, Hudson Highlands, Taconics and beyond.

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