If you are contemplating thru-hiking the John Muir Trail (or any section of it), this John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide does an excellent job of gathering all the needed information for planning, plus having detailed maps of the entire trail and surrounding terrain. Comparison of size of National Geographic Yosemite map with the John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide (USGS 1:250,000 map in background) Background: I have to confess up front that, despite having hiked and climbed on all seven continents,… Full review
Great for driving and planning, not really a hiking map. Map number 229. This is a great map for planning a trip to the Smokies, and useful to use with a hiking guide or trip advisor to find certain locations in the park. It is also great for driving around to know where you are and where you are going. It does show many marked trails, but isn't really a hiking map. One side shows the east side of the park, the other side the west side, with about 5 miles of overlap. 50 foot elevation contours don't… Full review
An affordable, sling-style camera bag that is good for carrying your camera equipment on short hikes in the mountains or anywhere. I love to bring my camera (and associated gear) with me when I go on short hikes. I used to carry my camera bag in my hand (or over my shoulder) and it was getting awkward and heavy for me. I wanted a hands-free (or a backpack-style bag) to carry my equipment with me and make my hikes more enjoyable. I discovered the National Geographic bag and I was very interested. Full review
One of the better books on outdoor gear supported by personal insights based on experience. I've reached the point where I'm fairly gear-literate. I know about tarps vs tents, quilts vs sleeping bags, leaving unnecessary gear behind to save weight, etc etc etc. But what I found refreshing about Mr. Skurka's book (Andrew--does he ever go by Andy?) is APPLICATION. That's where I am in my outdoor development, I want to know from those who have logged a few thousand (or few ten-thousands) of miles… Full review
Great read! Flows nicely with great stories intermingled in the writing. I will definitely be checking back with this book to keep my pack light and get me closer to ultimate hiker status. I always thought I was a hiker at heart but this book changed my mind. With the amount of comfort items that I haul with me everywhere I would sit firmly in the camper realm. With a desire to increase my distances while camping I have started using the tips in this book to lighten my load and make my adventures… Full review
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Win your copy of Andrew Skurka's "Gear Guide"
Want to learn how long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka takes care of his feet? What he uses to purify water? We're giving away three copies of Skurka's "The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide," thanks to National Geographic. Read more
March 26, 2012
Win a copy of Andrew Skurka's "Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide"
Want to be an ultimate hiker, or just gain some outdoor skills and gear tips from the guy who is? We're giving away three copies of long-distance adventurer Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, thanks to National Geographic. Read more
March 16, 2012
Skurka Shares How to Make a Living as an Adventurer
"Andrew Skurka's "Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide," not only described a new guidebook, it got members thinking about how one makes a living as a professional adventurer. Skurka responded with a blog, "How I Make a Living as an Adventurer." Read more
January 11, 2012
Andrew Skurka's "Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide"
Many would jump at the chance to hike alongside professional adventurer and super-long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka. Now Skurka shares his backcountry know-how in "The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail." Read more
January 9, 2012
New in our Gear Guide: Books, Maps, Software
November 24, 2009