Climbing and backcountry tips

Culled from personal experience, clinics and chats with experts and guides, and occasionally print / online, here's a collection of tips for navigation, mountaineering, snow & rock climbing, wilderness skills, DIY gear making, first aid, and more.


GPX tracks and KML files

Ever get "lost" on a hike or route that's been climbed thousands of times? Still using expensive and outdated maps? Not anymore! Get GPX tracks and KML files (Google Earth) for the most popular climbing routes in the Pacific NW.


Learn wilderness navigation

Learning map and compass from a book is often frustrating. But when it's properly demonstrated, you can easily learn these fundamental skills. The Columbia River Orienteering Club's YouTube channel has everything you need.