Acadia National Park in Maine boasts 150 miles of trails on its official maps, but that’s only a part of what once existed. Matthew Sherrill tagged along with a couple of local history obsessives to explore some of the dozens of unmarked paths that lead to what were once major attractions—places some want to stay a secret.
Reconciling the maps we made in the 18th century with modern reality is nearly impossible. But their lines, drawn long ago, are still legally binding.
A bevy of mapping apps exist to track and plan trips for different outdoor activities. Here’s the best one for running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and skiing.
How does it compare against the competition? A guide finds out.
Follow these steps to spend less time stressing over the details and more time on the trail
But the developers know that could present an overcrowding problem
When things go wrong on a ski tour, this is what you should have in your pack
The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing
These items will keep you safe and having fun in the Valley
The gear and the skills you need to get home safely
When it comes to navigation, nothing beats the reliability of an old-school paper map and a compass
Making your own custom map will change how you adventure.
With a new line of premium watches, Garmin aims upmarket
A solid budget-minded option, so long as you can tolerate the infuriating keyboard
Thousands of people flock to the Alps each year to ski tour high-elevation routes, spending comfortable nights in a string of huts that serve wine and hot meals. This spring, a group of experienced skiers and their guide were trapped in a storm overnight on an exposed saddle. By morning, nearly all were dead or dying.
Our world is more digital everyday, but humans are analog creatures
After nearly 40 years of attempts by multiple people—and at least one mysterious disappearance—Scott Donaldson became the first person to paddle alone across the 1,400-mile stretch of ocean
The family of three watches gets even fancier navigation features, and the 5X Plus gets a pulse oximeter
With the X, the company refreshes its flagship device
An energized group of explorers are bringing the spirit of wilderness through hiking to American cities. Record-breaking distance trekker Liz Thomas and others are altering how we see urban spaces and inviting folks new to the outdoors along for the fun.
In 1905, Mina Hubbard completed the expedition that had killed her husband—and beat the pants off his swaggering rival
Are you still mapping like it's 1999?
American tourist Noel Santillan became an unlikely folk hero in Iceland after he entered a typo into his GPS and drove hundreds of miles out of his way. How can anyone wander so far off the mark? A growing body of research suggests that our reliance on navigational technology might be altering our brains in ways we’re only beginning to understand.
Inspired by an ancestral ill-fated journey, a writer travels the world to understand how humans find their way through the unknown
We want one of these on our wall. Stat.
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