Trip Data

Big South Fork Backpacking Loop 2017 – Sintax77  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for my 2017 hammock camping and backpacking trip in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  (As seen on the two part ‘Hiking Big South Fork – Tennessee Hammock Camping & Backpacking’ video series).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, intersections, water sources, trailhead parking, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Reports: BSF Part 1 , BSF Part 2

Susquehanna State Park Day Hike 2017 – Sintax77  Zip file containing one GPX file with the route used for our 2017 day hike / faux backpacking trip in Maryland’s Susquehanna State Park.  (As seen on the ‘The Backpacking Trip that Never Was – Hiking the Susquehanna River’ video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest and parking parking.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Seneca Creek Backpacking Loop 2017 – Sintax77  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for my 2017 hammock camping and backpacking trip in the Seneca Creek Backcountry, within West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest.  (As seen on the ‘Hammock Camping with my Dog – Seneca Creek Hiking & Backpacking Trip’ video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, trailhead parking, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Winter Sled Camping Trip 2017 – GPS Data – Sintax77  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for my 2017 winter pulk sled camping, and backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, within the White Mountains National Forest.  (As seen on the ‘Winter Camping With a Sled’ video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, trailhead parking, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Grayson Highlands Winter 2017 Backpacking Loop – Sintax77  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for my 2017 hiking, hammock camping, and solo backpacking trip in Virginia’s Grayson Highlands and Mt Rogers National Recreation Area, within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.  (As seen on the ‘Hiking the Grayson Highlands – Solo Backpacking Trip’ video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, water sources, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Great Gulf Wilderness Loop 2016 – Sintax77–  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for our 2016 hiking, hammock camping, and backpacking in New Hampshire’s Great Gulf Wilderness, within the White Mountains National Forest.  (As seen on the ‘That Time I Hiked with a Broken Face’ video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, water sources, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Colorado Maroon Bells 2016 – Sintax77–  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for our 2016 hiking, hammock camping, and backpacking trip on the Four Pass Loop in Colorado’s Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, passes, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Catskills Pizza Hike – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for our 2016 hammock camping, trail cooking, and backpacking trip in New York’s Catskill Mountains.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, prominent peaks, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Superstition Mountains Loop – Backpacking Trip January 2016 – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for our 2016 desert camping and backpacking trip throughout the Superstition Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used, main water source used, prominent peaks, etc.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Harpers Ferry ‘Train to Trail’ Winter Backpacking Trip 2016 Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with the route used for our 2016 Winter hammock camping and backpacking trip.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and potential alternate sites.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Jeremy’s Run Backpacking Trip – Denali’s First Hike – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our summer 2016 hammock camping and backpacking trip, for our puppy’s first backpacking trip, along Jeremy’s Run in the Shenadoah National Park.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and potential alternate sites.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Red River Gorge Revisited – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our fall 2016 hammock camping and backpacking trip, in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and potential alternate sites.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

James River Face Wilderness 2 Day Backpacking Trip –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our fall hammock camping and backpacking trip, in Virginia’s James River Face Wilderness, within the Jefferson National Forest.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and potential alternate sites.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Hazel Falls 2 Day Trip – Sara Goes Hammock Camping Again! – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our April hammock camping and backpacking trip, in Shenandoah National Park.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and potential alternate sites.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Canyonlands Lost Canyon Fall 2015 2 Day Loop – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our October Needles District camping and backpacking trip, in Canyonlands National Park, as seen on the ‘Hiking the High Desert – Backpacking in Canyonlands NP” video.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites and potential water sources (see my full trip report for a note on water).  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report 

Hiking the Whites – Zeke’s First Backpacking Trip 2015 –  I didn’t record new GPS track data for this trip, as the data from my previous Pemi Loop 2014 trip pretty much covers the route (albeit in reverse, since we did it counterclockwise this time) and includes waypoints for points of interest included in that video as well as in this one. I also tagged a decent amount of extra potential tent and hammock camping spots as I hiked, which some may find useful if looking for alternative camping spots, water sources, etc. Video & Trip Report

Shenandoah Canoe Camping Summer 2015 – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 4 days of our early summer canoe camping trip along the South Fork Shenandoah River in Virginia.  Includes waypoints for campsites used along the George Washington National Forest each night as well as the canoe rental spot, parking, and canoe drop off spot.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Thornton Hollow 2 Day Loop, Spring 2015 – Sintax77 –  Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for both days of our early spring Thornton Hollow hammock camping and backpacking trip, in Shenandoah National Park (as seen on the ‘Sara Goes Hammock Camping!” video).  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as campsites used and overlooks along Skyline Drive.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Mt Washington Winter 2015 – Sintax77 – Zip file containing one GPX master file with track data for day one my Mt Washington Winter Ascent via Tuckerman Ravine Trail and Lion’s Head Winter Route.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as water sources and campsites used. For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software. Video & Trip Report

Dolly Sods Winter 2014 – Sintax77 – Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 3 days of our Dolly Sods Winter Camping & Backpacking Trip.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as water sources and campsites used.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software. Video & Trip Report

Cranberry Wilderness Fall 2014 – 3 Day Loop – Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 3 days of my Cranberry Wilderness Fall Backpacking Trip.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as water sources and campsites used.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software. Video & Trip Report

Grafton Loop 4 Day Backpacking Trip September 2014 – Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 3 days of our Grafton Loop backpacking trip.  Includes waypoints for points of interest such as water sources and campsites used.  For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software. Video & Trip Report

Pemi Loop 3 Day Backpacking Trip August 2014 – Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 3 days of my solo Pemi Loop hammock camping trip in New Hampshire.   For best results use with Garmin BaseCamp software.  Video & Trip Report

Linville Gorge 4 Day Hammock Camping Trip May 2014 – Zip file containing one GPX master file with separate track data for all 4 days of our Linville Gorge Hammock camping trip.  Video & Trip Report

Adirondacks Winter Hammock Trip – 3 Days –  Zip file containing three separate GPX files, one for each day.  Also includes a fourth GPX track file for the entire 3 day route.  Video & Trip Report

Red River Gorge, Kentucky 3 Day Loop  –  Zip file containing three separate GPX files, one for each day.  Video & Trip Report

Dolly Sods, West Virginia 3 Day Loop  –  Zip file containing three separate GPX files, one for each day.  Video & Trip Report

White Mountains Presicat  Loop – 3 Days  – Zip file containing three separate GPX files, one for each day.  Video & Trip Report

Smoky Mountains Lakeshore Loop – 3 Days  – Zip file containing three separate GPX files, one for each day.  **Please note:  Days 1 & 2 are complete.  Unfortunately, Day 3 was cut short due to battery failure during transfer to PC, and only contains 2 miles.  Video & Trip Report

 

Download for use with your favorite map software.  Don’t have map software?  Here’s two options:

  1. Try Google Earth.  If you import these files into Google Earth, you will be able to see route, mileage, elevation data, and other goodies in real-time.  Pretty nifty, if you ask me.
  2. Download a free copy of BaseCamp by Garmin.  This is the same software that came with the my Garmin GPS and is specifically designed to view these GPX files.  Great for viewing tracks, waypoints and all that other good stuff.  You can download free topo and trail maps to make BaseCamp even more fun at GPSFileDepot.com

87 thoughts on “Trip Data

  1. Nice to have the GPS data to go along with the video. Shame about the last part getting corrupt. Google Earth is good, but I’ve been using RouteConverter. Nice, and thanks for taking the time.

    • Yeah, I was pretty bummed about that, but I think I’ve learned my lesson. I had the back battery panel removed while transferring the file from internal memory to the SD card. One of the batteries popped out before it finished, and apparently that doesn’t go over so well, lol.

      Almost as devastating as that fateful day when one of my friends turned off the PS2 while saving my 90% completed ‘GTA: Vice City’ game file back in ’03. …almost.

        • Hi, Jayson. Sorry for the delay in response – June was a crazy month for me, haha. If I remember correctly, to find the Crawford spot, you simply go all the way to where the trail ends on the summit, then turn and look to your left. Head down the summit a bit in that direction. After a bit of light crambling over the large rock faces, you’ll see things start to open up and flatten out. The fire pit is to the right, looking towards Stairs Mountain.

          • Not a problem, your reply came just in time bud. Headin up april 28th with a couple buds. Gotta show the greenhorns how it’s done. have a great season bud 🙂

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  3. Sintax, I have been watching your videos from over in Afghanistan. I will be getting home to TN soon and have prpared a nice 6 day 5 night hike in the northeastern Smokies. If you would like it I have it on powerpoint. Safe travels, Hoyt

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  5. Sintax77 – just came across your videos…great job. I’d like to map out your Shenandoah hike. Can you post your trip data and any of the trail info/maps you used? I can’t seem to find the trail you started out on.

    • Unfortunately, I wasn’t using the GPS to record track data back then, but luckily, I did save the coordinates for the actual parking spot / starting point: 38.196763, -78.767869

      Also, here’s some info that I found on the web about the parking area, via the National Parks Service:
      PAINE RUN (Rt. 661) Foot, Horse Trail
      Fair access; parking for 3 cars at private turn-around at end of
      Rt. #661; No public access from Rt. #614. NOTE No Parking in
      turnaround weekdays, 7am to 4 pm during school year to
      accommodate school bus turn around.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Sintax77- Do you have any data for your Catskills hike? Anyway, I love your videos and you do a great job with them. Thanks.

  7. Hey I was hoping to get some info from you about youe 5 day trip of the presidential range. I want to take my Son with me this Summer. I have a lot of questions like where did you start, were you on the AT……. let me know.

    • Hi Robert,

      We parked and started our journey at the Davis Path Trailhead Parking area on Rt 302. I’m going to go into my White Mountains Guide Online account and use the Trip Maker to jog my memory on the details. I’ll hit you up with a follow-up post afterwards. In the mean time, here’s a link to some info from the Forest Service regarding the Davis Path parking area:
      http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/recarea/?recid=74827&actid=50

    • I didn’t do the actual planning for this trip and I was pretty much along for the ride, so to speak, so I had to jog the memory a bit to come up with this, but here we go.

      First off, my friend Mike originally planned for this trip to be a loop of sorts, with Mt Washington as the center piece. How exactly he planned to close of the loop from Mt Washington on, I’m not quite sure of, because it didn’t happen that way. After it became apparent that our pace was going to be more of a hybrid hiking and lazy camping trip, the trip morphed into a meandering route towards Washington, with a nice tourist ride down the Cog Railroad to finish things off. My wife was able to get cell service at one of the earlier summits and confirm a shuttle near Washington on the last day to return us to the car.

      One other note, the total mileage was probably around 22 miles, but that included an out-n-back side trip to Mt Parker on day two, which isn’t really “necessary”. Without this diversion, the actual trail mileage from the lot to Mt. Washington would have probably been around 18 miles.

      We used official camp sites on two of the nights, and found our own spots on the other two nights. The first night was near the summit of Crawford, the next two nights were tent spots near Rocky Branch Shelters 1 & 2, and the last night was somewhere short of treeline on the way to Washington. Where exactly this was, I can’t recall, but it was after dark and not the best of conditions. The girls had hit there limit and it became apparent that going across to Washington was not going to happen that day, so we did what we had to and rested up before continuing.

      Here’s a list of the trails used, in order.

      Day 1
      Davis Path Trailhead Parking on Rt 302
      Davis Path
      Crawford Spur to Summit of Mt Crawford
      Potential backcountry camping spots available if you continue past summit

      Day 2
      Crawford Spur
      Davis Path
      (optional side excursion on Mt Parker Trail after about 1.5 miles)
      Stairs Col Trail
      Rocky Branch Shelter #1

      Day 3
      Rocky Branch Trail
      Rocky Branch Shelter #2

      Day 4
      Rocky Branch Trail
      Davis Path
      Stealth Camp Final Night (legal if off trail, but not necessarily advisable, it’s DENSE around here)

      Day 5
      Davis Path
      Crawford Path
      End at Summit of Mt Washington
      We took the Cog Railroad down for fun, but if you want to be less lazy, you you take Gulfside Trail to Ammonoosuc Trail, down to base of railroad
      Catch a ride back to car at the Ammonoosuc Shuttle stop

      So there it is. Not exactly the most organized trip in the world, compared to how I run my routes now days, but it made for a memorable and fun trip!

        • Thanks, Jared. Nope, we didn’t have to reserve seats. We just bought tickets at the top on a whim – I took the train up with my parents when I was a kid, so it was sort of a nostalgic thing. It’s a great area to explore – enjoy!

          • Awesome! Are bear canisters mandatory? I haven’t seen any info on the bear population around Washington. I usually hike the ADK’s high peaks were the canisters are mandatory and checked for by Rangers. Thanks,

          • The ADK’s High Peaks Region is actually the only area I’ve been to so far where bear canisters were mandatory – although I went in Winter, when it actually wasn’t required, so I avoided having to get one. All of my other trips done so far have been in regions without canister regs. The closest regulation I’ve had to it was in the Smoky Mountains, where use of the provided bear bag cables at each designated campsite is mandatory.

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  9. Great Videos, im a fan! I recently cancelled a 2 nighter in Woodstock NY because one of the days it was going to rain for sure. I noticed you continue your trips regardless of foul weather. I’ve been hiking for about 2 years and have a bunch of gear and i guess i can hike while freezing rain is falling, but is it worth it. The misery and being out of your comfort zone? Thanks for the input! And keep up the videos! PS can you link a site in the reply about your battery pack.

    • Thanks, Rafael. Yes, I typically schedule a trip and stick too it regardless of weather, and you’re right, I’ve gotten some less than ideal results a few times. So far, it’s always ended up being fun overall, regardless of the weather. The challenge and variety usually make for a good feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.

      Don’t be fooled though, I’ve certainly changed my plans based on weather forecasts! If the weather involves lightning, other definite safety risks, or if I’m just not in the mood get my camera soaked for days at a time, I’ll abort the trip. However, I’ll still do a trip when I planned too, just to a different region. I’ve got a pretty decent collection of possible trips that I can use as a contingency plan if needed. For example, I did a summer video in Vermont that up until the day before, was going to be in Shenandoah, Virginia. The forecast called for lighting storms, so I grabbed a Green Mountains trip from the vault and headed north! Vacations are when things go as planned. Adventure is when things don’t. 🙂

      Here’s a link to an overview of the USB battery pack I use. RavPower 10,400mAh USB Battery Charger Review

  10. I feel like you should make a video about using a gps and downloading the trip data to your computer. As always I love your videos and thank you for posting your gps data.

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  15. Great videos! My wife and I are new to backpacking. Our first trip will be Pictured Rocks Michigan with a 31 mile trail only about 70 miles from home. Your tips will help lighten our packs so we can enjoy the hiking. We have 60L packs at just over 4 lbs. Bob

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  17. Hey Sintax, how do you upload a GPX file to your website? I’m using wordpress and it will not allow GPX files.. Are you using a plugin for this?

    I’m starting a wordpress blog to follow my YouTube channel and would love to put trip data.

    Thanks

    -Andy

    • I had the same exact problem. I ended up doing a workaround, basically, but it gets the job done. I just send the GPX file to a Zip file in Windows, then upload it from the media manager in WordPress as usual. Works like a charm 😉

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  20. You have given people some very good info to go by. Always remember that a good map and compass is a must. They will not fail you.

  21. Hey sintax I’ve been watching a lot of your videos lately and it has really pushed me to do more trips. I haven’t taken one since my 7 day 2012 isle royale trip. I’m located in northern Indiana and have been looking at the Knobstone trail. Was curious if you’ve researched or even done this trail yet? If not it would be cool to see a video on that. Awesome channel and site man, keep up the good work.

    Shane

    • Thanks, Shane. I hadn’t heard of that trail before, but I’ll have to check it out. I’m always looking for new spots to add to my potential hikes list. And, yes – you need to get back out there! Go for it! 🙂

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  23. Hey Sintax!
    Im planing a 3 day trip with one of my buddies in the green mountain national forest however i cant find your data on the trip did you record it?

    • You know, what – I don’t believe I was recording my tracks yet back then. I probably borrowed Mikes DeLorme GPS at the time for reference, but I don’t think I started recording and posting the full GPS tracks until later. Actually, it just came back to me that the first time I recorded the track data was my Smoky Mountains video.

      • Haha ok thank you for getting back to me we decided to do the pemi loop in new hampsire instead. Cant wait to see your next trip, really enjoy your videos

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  26. Hey there. I’m going on a trip to the red river gorge, and I wanted to download your trip data but for some reason I can’t. I was wondering if I could get it some other way

    • Sintax77, I am in the same boat as Lexi. Maybe it is because you have the individual GPX data within a file. If you are able to break it up into individual GPX data it should work for us. Great job on the videos. Thanks bud!

      • Hi, TFERV. What software are you trying to use it with? I just downloaded and tested it from my other PC and it’s working on Google Earth and BaseCamp. Not sure if you on a platform that doesn’t like the format created by my Garmin BaseCamp software.

        • Thank you for the quick reply. I tried uploading it to Gaia GPS & MotionX GPS apps on my iPhone and neither worked. I also tried importing it to Google Earth Pro and it would not open it either.

    • Lexi & Sintax77, I found the solution to the problem if you’re like me trying to use an iPhone GPS app. For some reason Dropbox no longer unpacks Zip files so I downloaded an app called Zip Viewer which unpacked the GPX file and then opened it into Gaia GPS app. Voila!! This will be a big help for next weekend’s trip. Thanks again Sintax77!

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  31. I’ve watched a handful of your videos and believe I heard you mention you use Trimble for your maps. They claim they are going away soon and I was wondering if you are using another online trail map site now or can recommend one. I live in Colorado and just starting to really get into backpacking. By the way, great videos!

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  37. I have enjoyed your videos, and I love the product tests. I was hoping to suggest two things, which you may already know about but just the same.
    There is a wikiloc website where people can upload their gpx trails along with waypoints, much like you have done here. I thought you might like to upload yours there, which will introduce a host of new members to your channel on youtube.
    The second idea is that you should look at ViewRanger for your mapping software. I am not affiliated with them other than using it a lot. I spent two months in Europe, half of the time hiking, using their product to download the days maps and uploading my trails and waypoints. Maybe there is another video in this about mapping.
    So thanks for all of your videos. It helps having an idea of what I’m getting into before I start out!

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  40. I’m in the market for a good gps. Can you give me a couple of suggestions? Thank you, so much! Love your videos. Myrl Rodgers

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