Skills Guide: Exploring Off Trail


Outdoor skills
GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods

Want to feel more comfortable in the woods? To be able to go off trail, if you like, and explore where that old roadbed leads? Or maybe  you just want to feel more comfortable on the trail. This quick guide offers tips on how to turn you into a more confident explorer.


outdoor skillsYou love to hike — and lately, everyone else seems to love hiking as well. On a nice day, your favorite trails are packed. The solitude you seek in the woods has vanished. At least it has from the established trails.

No doubt you’ve been hiking one of your favorites and seen a long-abandoned roadbed spur off into the woods. Or a well-trod game trail that likewise diverts from the path most traveled. A variety of unmarked paths crisscross the woods you hike on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be great if you felt confident enough to explore them? Even for just a short ways?

Our GetHiking! Quick Guide to Exploring Off Trail helps you gain that confidence, by showing you the things to check and know before heading out and what you need to do when you do decide to head off trail. It even covers what to do should you discover you aren’t where you thought you were.

This is not a comprehensive guide to becoming Daniel Boone. Rather, it provides quick, common sense tips to help you feel more confident and comfortable in the woods — even when you aren’t off trail!



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