Find Dispersed Camping Sites From Home – Gaia GPS + Google Earth Pro

Find Dispersed Camping Sites From Home – Gaia GPS + Google Earth Pro

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In this episode I break down how I find beautiful and isolated dispersed camping sites from home. We’ll cover how I use Gaia GPS, Google Earth Pro, the National Weather Service and Forest Service resources to find somewhere epic to ruin my families 3 day weekends.

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Video Contents
00:00 Intro
00:51 Sponsor –
01:33 Dispersed Camping Overview
02:20 Camping on US Public Lands
05:03 Finding Dispersed Camping Sites
05:24 Gaia GPS
06:28 Motor Vehicle Use Maps
07:31 Holder Cabin Site
08:32 Finding Epic Camping Views
09:31 Google Earth Pro for Camping
12:08 Weather for Dispersed or Remote Camping
12:43 Outro

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  1. Matt’s Garage on February 1, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Your videos need more views!

  2. CSamons09 on February 1, 2023 at 6:39 am

    I backpack all the time and didn’t even know how to do this to this detail. Thank you! This was very helpful

  3. Mitchell Mumma on February 1, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Fantastic content. This method will make it so much easier to find some cool views.

  4. Jason Woodrow on February 1, 2023 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for the useful info, just got the premium version of Gaia. I just started looking for dispersed campsites in Washington, and going sight-unseen down forest roads isn’t very productive especially when logging trucks are coming the other direction…
    Side feedback on the video, the music through the whole video was genuinely annoying to my ears.

  5. Take No Space on February 1, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Great video! For anyone trying to get the copy paste working from Google Earth to GAIA, change the latitude/longitude formatting in Google Earth to “decimal” format. Then you can copy from Google to GAIA.

  6. Jona on February 1, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Yes. Finally something that gets me going in the right direction. Thank you!

  7. Arden Ballard on February 1, 2023 at 6:51 am

    I’m just starting to outfit a new (to me) GX 470; I’m glad I stumbled on your channel!

  8. My campfire meals on February 1, 2023 at 6:57 am

    I am glad to find your channel ! very informative!

  9. Jesusisthe1way on February 1, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Don’t know why this doesn’t have more views. Excellent – I repeat – EXCELLENT information and presentation! Thanks!

  10. MOTH PREPARDNESS (MAN OF THE HOUSE) on February 1, 2023 at 7:01 am

    👍🏼 Nice

  11. Gam3r Kid on February 1, 2023 at 7:03 am

    Man I miss BLM, just not a thing here in Kansas/Missouri. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ryan Coker on February 1, 2023 at 7:04 am

    My wife and I are new to overlanding and dispersed camping. Your video is great. I have Gaia but don’t know how to use it yet. I’ll watch this video over and over again to learn as much as possible. Do you have any other videos that would be more of a Gaia tutorial? Once again, thank you for this video.

  13. Ben Ha on February 1, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Thank you for the video! I was wondering about, accounting for water sources?

  14. Scott Randall on February 1, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Excellent video! New subscriber here.

  15. Jarod Zillinger on February 1, 2023 at 7:08 am

    This video is exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much for the well made video

  16. David Manen on February 1, 2023 at 7:08 am

    Great video with a lot of good info!

  17. Luke Johnson on February 1, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Come back

  18. Kyle Hausmann on February 1, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Great Info! Thank you.

  19. Brandon Miller on February 1, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Thank you so much. This video is a life saver.

  20. PahaadiNomad on February 1, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Great info.. well presented.. so funny that i was thinking of overlanding at mogollon rim this weekend.. so was looking at general dispersed camping info… and found u.. lol.. also there’s a shaded map layer option on gaia.. that works out great to spot cliffs and stuff

  21. Neil Barrett on February 1, 2023 at 7:17 am


  22. CDub on February 1, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Miss yer vids. Please make more 😀

  23. CJ in SoCal on February 1, 2023 at 7:21 am

    great video! my husband and i have been thinking of getting the premium gaia membership. appreciate all the details and info ☺️

  24. TJ Daly on February 1, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Media professional here, had to drop a quick note that I love the writing, shoot, edit. Best "adventure/outdoors" content I’ve seen in a bit. Thank you for sharing!

  25. David Medeiros on February 1, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Excellent overview of using Google Earth and map planning apps to find off-grid locations to visit. This basically mirrors my process, except I use CalTopo as my other planning app. I have the Basic/Mobile plan which is cheaper than GIA’s and has most of the same features (hi res topographic maps both USGS and USFS, shaded relief, fire hist, contours, MVUM layers, off line maps etc.). I’m a GIS professional and digital cartographer (I make some of the story maps for OJ magazine). Most of the overland crowd use GIA and I’d been curious about it for a while now. Took a look after your video and found the web app at least to be extremely clunky on my MacBook Pro. Loading the map layers spun up the processor fan immediately and rendering map tiles was slow. CalTopo seems to be much less processor intensive for some reason. Curious if you have the same issue? At any rate, great video! Thanks.

  26. Curt on February 1, 2023 at 7:28 am

    I love the Irony in your channel name.

  27. Cho Vue on February 1, 2023 at 7:32 am

    No no noooo! You’re giving away all the secrets! 😆😆😆

  28. Michael Bexar Thomas on February 1, 2023 at 7:33 am

    As someone who works for a state agency I appreciate this video. Info like this saves people a lot of time in planning their trip which can be a frustrating experience when heading out during non business hours. 🌲🐆

  29. Laurent Reze on February 1, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Great info for campers wanting to go with the family and planning on bringing them back… enjoyed your fairly serious posting 😉 🏴‍☠️

  30. jorgensen8 on February 1, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Lots of wonderful information and a great presentation. Unfortunately you have the same sense of humor I do – and I love it.

  31. Liberty's Outlook on February 1, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Great info and humor, thx.

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