What Peak is that? RoseLineMaps Software Knows


Have you ever been hiking and wondered what the distant peaks you’re looking at are named? Or even wondered how close a seemingly nearby mountain actually is? If you live in Washington or Oregon, you can get those answers and more from RoseLineMaps Peak Finder software. Enter any location (say the top of a mountain …

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Geocaching GPS for Kids


Earlier this month we traveled to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer trade show and came across a ton of new camping and hiking products to share. The geomate.jr is a simple, kid-friendly GPS unit that’s designed to make geocaching easy (based on the logo we suspect the geocaching.com folks are heavily involved in …

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GPS Enabled Footwear


Now I’ve heard of almost everything. GTX Corp was recently awarded three patents that cover GPS location devices embedded in footwear. Although it appears most of the applications are in running shoes for now, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine hiking boots with integrated GPS chips in the near future… The GTX technology …

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On-Star for Hikers?


We’ve been fans of the Spot Satellite Messenger ever since we first heard about the GPS device that allows you to track the progress of backcountry expeditions remotely. GPS-enabled devices like the Spot and the personal locator beacon from ACR Electronics also allow the user to send exact location coordinates to emergency responders at the …

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Garmin Colorado 400t GPS Review


These days it’s rare for me to head out for a hike without a GPS unit in tow and over the past few weeks I’ve been putting the Garmin Colorado 400t through its paces. The Colorado 400t is a rugged, high powered, and full featured GPS that’s ready for any adventure you can dream up. …

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DeLorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS Review


I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to outdoor GPS units and over the past 7 years I’ve owned nearly a dozen different models. I recently got a chance to use the Earthmate PN-40 from DeLorme and I have to say it’s one of my top 2 choices for camping and hiking. The …

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Flashpacking and flash-hiking?


Webcitytravel.com posted an article on their blog about flashpacking – basically backpacking with money and tech toys. Flashpacking doesn’t typically refer to the outdoor type of backpacking – more of the “touring-Europe-and-staying-in-hostels” style of “backpacking” but it’s an interesting idea for outdoor enthusiasts nonetheless. It got me thinking about the concept in terms of flash-hiking …

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