Hiker’s Handbook: Why Your GPS Track Lies about Distance

Imagine for a moment that you just completed an epic hike. Your handy dandy GPS application reported your distance at a whopping 17 miles. You screenshot your app, and post is to social media. Within minutes, you get some know-it-all saying, "Well, actually, that hike is only 15 miles." Punked! Either that know-it-all on social …

The Hiker’s Handbook: Are Cell Phones the Eleventh Essential?

Recently, I wrote a post breaking down the Ten Essentials, and there was some feedback about including cell phones on this list. To recap, the Ten Essentials are items that you need to have on you when you're hiking to ensure a safe situation AND protect you in case of most emergencies. They should be …