Skills – UrbanHikr the urbanites' guide to getting out on the trail Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:31:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to import gpx into Google Maps to make a GPS track viewer Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:48:31 +0000 HalfDomeGoogleEarthThumb150

You probably carry a smartphone with you while hiking, but you may not realize that you can use its built-in GPS receiver to easily track where you went, the time you took, your speed, and your elevation changes. Reviewing the data from your hike using free mapping software can be both fun and educational, and […]]]> 2
How to take map bearings for land navigation Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:01:07 +0000 MapBearingNewcloseup-7

If you’re like many hikers, you’ve found that navigation with a compass is a perishable skill that’s often forgotten just when you need it most — when you think you might be lost. You may have tried to learn how to use a compass before, following the “easy” 1… 2… 3… step system, but somehow […]]]>
Avoid getting lost in the woods by learning these signs Sun, 07 Dec 2014 06:14:55 +0000 waymarkers-090

Even experienced hikers and backpackers sometimes make mistakes and get lost after wandering off the trail. In this article, I’ll cover the reasons why people lose the trail and then give some good tips for making sure that we stay on it. Hikers, backpackers, snowshoers, runners, and mountain bikers lose the trail for many reasons. […]]]>
The 3P modular survival kit: Part 2 – the pocket kit Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:23:06 +0000 pocketkitthumb-004

This article is part two of a five-part series on the 3P modular daypack survival kit, covering what to include in your pocket kit and why. The contents of the 3P pocket kit were chosen to fit in a 3.5″ x 6″ (7.5 cm x 13 cm) plastic bag, which will slip comfortably into a […]]]>
How your GPS can get you lost – and how you can prevent it Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:42:59 +0000 mapdatumexamples150-3

Your handheld GPS receiver can give you your location with incredible accuracy. However, if you don’t understand how to set it up it could also get you lost. In this article, we’ll look at the effect of selecting the wrong map datum in your GPS receiver’s settings and show you how to ensure that you […]]]>