My partner and I are amateur hikers, with me being a relative newbie. I'm interested in buying a GPS receiver but I'm not sure how they work and whether they'd be useful for us. We live in New York state and we like hikes of about 4 - 7 miles of moderate woodlands terrain. We've purchased some good trail maps (showing marked/blazed trails, woods roads, and unmaintained trails) with topographical features (and uses UTM coordinates, if that's relevant) and a basic magnetic compass (which we're learning more about using as we go). [more inside]
I did the Harder Kulm trail today and absolutely loved it, probably my favourite hike ever, but it was about at my limit for difficulty - first hike of the year, and my bad ankle was starting to have sharp pains in the last half hour downhill. I'd like to do another trail or two while I'm here - can anyone recommend some easy-to-moderate trails in the area? [more inside]
I run and hike on regional/state park trails, and I occasionally find myself in conflict with people who have reserved campgrounds / picnic areas / outdoor areas for weddings and other events. These people often believe they have exclusive right to adjacent bathrooms and trails, sometimes blocking the latter. I don't think that's the case and they are still open to the public. Who's right? [more inside]
I want a GPS for geocaching and hiking in areas with no cell phone coverage. The ones I've seen so far look about as up-to-date as my Handspring Visor. Please advise. [more inside]
I'm trying to plan a last-minute backpacking trip this weekend. I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2-day (~12-16 mile) circuit hike that's within a 2 hour drive of Washington, DC. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good day, well to moderate marked hikes around the Denver area for next weekend? We would prefer some moderate to tough trails and are already planning on the Mt. Evans drive but would really like to get out a bit more.
Running in Chicago in the wintertime. I'm not as worried about the cold (love running in the cold!) as I am about ice. (South Side location.) [more inside]
Smallest, goodest, water-resistantest camera for taking pictures while trail running? [more inside]
Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
Recommendations for running trails in Portland, OR, please? [more inside]
How and/or can I get over my fear of (a specific kind of) heights? [more inside]
[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside.
[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside. [more inside]
Longer bicycle / walking trails near Sugar Land / southwest Houston? [more inside]
So we're heading out to Denver for the holidays, and as middling East Coast hikers, are super excited to get in to some real mountains. Can you tell me more about the how, where, and what of the snowshoe? [more inside]
Has anyone investigated chem trails? Is there any scientific experiential input about their purpose and effects on us? We are deeply worried because they are unexplained, potentially hazardous, unauthorized by the people and very worrisome. Is there anyone conducting serious independent investigations into these chem trails? We live in L.A. and have just noticed within the past two weeks our skies crisscrossed with milky white trails everywhere in the morning that disperse and form a cloud cover later in the day. This observation has sparked an increased awareness and deep concern.
I am going to Shenandoah National Park for a few days the last week of September. What are your favorite hiking trails, and other sights, in the park? Where would you recommend I stay? [more inside]
First off, I know you are not my doctor and all that jazz. I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist next week to have this looked at, but it's bugging me and I'd like to know more about it in the meantime. In low light situations, I see "trails" to the bottom and left of light sources in my left eye only. Everything is normal in my right eye. I also get the same effect to a lesser degree in other high-contrast (light on dark) situations even if there is plenty of light. [more inside]
I am wanting to enjoy some outdoor exploration this year in Washington state. The catch is, I have multiple sclerosis and my ability to walk is severely hampered (I can walk short distances- maybe about a city block or 2 at a time, sometimes I need a cane, but not wheelchair bound). Where should I go? [more inside]
Are there any reasonable hikes on Mount Rainier this time of year? And if not, what's the next best option? [more inside]
I know the park exists. I know the trail exists. I have my hiking shoes, my camera, and a car. Now where the heck is the trailhead? [more inside]
What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
What are your favorite running/hiking routes in Spain? [more inside]
New Orleans: looking for a hair saloon, places to jog, places to walk. [more inside]
I am going to Rocky Mountain National Park the 2nd week of July for a few days. What are your favorite hiking trails, and other sights, in the park? [more inside]
What are some good hikes or trails nearby Kailua Hawaii? [more inside]
How can I create a trail map using a GPS? [more inside]
Do you know of any nice trails very close to Milton, NH? Or a good way to find them without great web access? [more inside]
Going backpacking in northern Vermont soon - any suggestions? [more inside]
My wife will be in Phoenix/Scottsdale for a few days for work. She'd like to do some hiking. Are there any hiking trails (easy to moderate, 1-3 miles) that are picturesque, peaceful and safe for a woman hiking alone?
I want to go for a really long walk. I don't want to camp. Where should I go? Trekking in Asia. [more inside]
Backpacking adventures near Flagstaff? [more inside]
I'm wanting to get in to mountain/off-road biking. What do I need and what do I need to know? [more inside]