Virtual Backpacking School-February 4, 2021: Trip and route planning with online tools

Presented by Kevin Ernst

Thursday, February 4, 2021: Trip and route planning with online tools

Learn about online mapping and route planning tools such as Hiking Project, Gaia, AllTrails, and CalTopo, which you can use as a supplement to (or a substitute for) guidebooks and paper maps.

As with the analog versions, you can use digital planning tools to survey for potential campsites and water sources, but you can also estimate accurate distances and elevation changes for each leg of your trip, which paper maps don’t always do a great job at. We’ll briefly talk about GPS technology, GPS smartphone apps, and getting routes designed with the online tools into your phone or standalone GPS, sure. But we’ll also discuss how to generate plain old printed paper maps from your routes using CalTopo, because all that fancy tech will fail you at some point.

Finally, by request, we’ll end by creating an example Friday-Sunday trip to a choice backpacking spot within a few hundred miles of Cincinnati, using REI’s Hiking Project and CalTopo.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Feb 4, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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