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Best Places to Try Winter Hiking

I recommend you start winter hiking on trails that are close to home or familiar to you. I also advocate keeping the mileage and elevation modest. Short day hikes (no more than 3 miles) will help you adapt to the extra gear and energy needed for winter conditions. The following routes are easy or moderate treks that lead into the frozen backcountry. Organized GO winter trips are listed in our Events Calendar

Best Places To Hike In Federal Wilderness Areas

The following hikes traverse sections of wilderness and lead into the very heart of our natural surroundings.

Trail Maintenance Quiz

Learn about the tools volunteer trail crews like GayOutdoors use by trying to match the image with the clue.

The Topographic Universe Digitized

To feed my need these days, I buy the goods in digital format and score a US region for $100 or less.

The Short Take on Long Underwear

Isn’t it worth finding a next-to-skin friend that is warm, comfortable, and made for the activities you’ll do together?

Useful Backcountry Gadgets

These scenarios are readily avoided with the help of three useful backcountry gadgets: altimeters, anemometers, and two-way radios.

Monitor Exercise Intensity To Maximize Your Workout

A lot of times, if you don’t monitor your heart rate, you won’t work out as hard as you could.

Hiking the Presidentials in Wind and Cold

What is it like to hike up high when it's really cold? And what's needed to make it work? In the context of a severely cold weather forecast, I could entice no fellow GO members to join me this past weekend to see and feel the answers first hand on Mt. Eisenhower, a Presidential peak in New Hampshire requiring an hour or more of above-timberline time to hike.

Toast Your Fingers With The Right Gloves

Frigid fingers are unpleasant. Numb wooden hands are far worse, and potentially dangerous in the chilly backcountry. Prevent the fingertip blues this season and keep your dexterity, enjoyment, and digits intact with these handy tips.

Survive or Die

You are stranded, injured and alone. Night is falling, conditions are deteriorating, and there is no way out until the next day. Or longer. Are you equipped to survive? Your chances will be vastly improved if you carry these essential items and know how to use them.

Finding The Right Headlamp

Sure, headlamps make you look like some sort of cyclopean beam brain. But it's a small price to pay for the convenience of hands free lighting, whether in camp, on the trail, or in the depths of your closet! The possibilities can be blinding so here are some tips.

Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Our recommended clothing/equipment list for summer hiking, strenuous above treeline hiking, winter hiking and overnight backpacking.

Mt. Laguna --The Off White Party (III Acts)

(6/2/08) The jacuzzi jets pulsing with energy, first two men, then three, and then another, each jockeying for position.

Insect Repellent Risks - DEET vs. The World

About a year and a half ago I began researching the most troublesome bugs and the effectiveness of the available repellents. The purpose of this was to make a more informed decision as to which repellents worked best and more importantly, to understand the limitations and potential risks of each repellent.

Backcountry Water Treatment

For years, hikers only had three real options when it came to treating water in the backcountry: boil it, filter it, or add iodine. Now a broad array of weaponry is available to exterminate all the aquatic baddies looking to take up residence in your gut: bacteria, viruses, cryptosporidia, and especially parasitic enemy number one, giardia cysts.

Hiking, backpacking, camping or vacation adventures, GayOutdoors [GO] has been the LGBTQ outdoorzy community leader for the last 22 years. We are an informal group of diverse hiking enthusiasts in the United States with a shared love of the mountains who prefer hiking with friends. We invite you to join us on our hikes, to post hikes for other members to join you and to share your hiking photos, stories and advice.

Become A Member

If you find it invigorating to hike along a mountain trail with friends not knowing what’s just around the corner, to get some fresh air, to stop and soak in the views on a summit, and to soak your feet in a mountain brook after a hike, give us a try!


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