Wilderness trip planning, start to finish (video)


There are a bounty of amazing navigation resources available to the backcountry traveler. Generally, this is a good thing, but it can also be a little overwhelming. What app to use? Where do I start? How do I print free maps? And maybe more specific questions, like:

  • I found three different GPS tracks for the trip I want to go on, which one should I use?

  • How can I make a map with the GPS track printed on it?

  • How can I get the GPS track into Google earth to scope out my route before I leave home?

  • What's the best way to get the GPS track onto my phone so I can use it with Gaia GPS?

  • I don't have a track file, but I have a pretty good Idea of where I want to go. How can I draw this track in on a map, print it, and get it onto my GPS?

If you’ve ever found yourself scratching your head with questions like that, we've got you covered with the video below. It covers most every aspect of wilderness trip planning - searching online to find a GPS track for a climb, opening and editing the track in Caltopo, exporting and opening in Google Earth, printing the map, and exporting the GPX file to your phone.

(Hint, parts of the video are best viewed in full screen.)