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Mon May 23, 2016, 12:04 PM

 

Any avid hikers here? I am looking for a decent hiking gps. Lots out there but would like

to know more. Thanks

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Reply Any avid hikers here? I am looking for a decent hiking gps. Lots out there but would like (Original post)
rhett o rick May 2016 OP
Scuba May 2016 #1
rhett o rick May 2016 #2
hueymahl May 2016 #3
TreasonousBastard May 2016 #4
rhett o rick May 2016 #6
hueymahl May 2016 #10
rhett o rick May 2016 #11
Scuba May 2016 #5
rhett o rick May 2016 #7
Scuba May 2016 #8
rhett o rick May 2016 #9


Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Mon May 23, 2016, 12:39 PM

2. Sorry I should have been more clear. I am not that into hiking. Just looking for a cheap app

 

for my Iphone.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Mon May 23, 2016, 12:53 PM

3. MotionX

There are others, but this is my go-to app for tracking hikes, bike rides, anything outdoors. Does not need a connection - you can preload maps and turn off your cell signal to extend your battery.

http://gps.motionx.com/

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Response to hueymahl (Reply #3)

Mon May 23, 2016, 12:57 PM

4. Bummer-- Apple only

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Response to hueymahl (Reply #3)

Mon May 23, 2016, 02:18 PM

6. I've seen that one. I assume you have to have it on collecting gps data all the time.

 

How long can you go on a regular IPhone battery?

Do you have to pay for the map downloads? Do they have trail maps?

Does it work in the forest?

Thanks for replying.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Mon May 23, 2016, 02:52 PM

10. Yes, it needs to be on for the GPS to work, but it operates in the background

I.E., you can have the phone in standby and it still works in the background.

I have had no issues in a forest. I use it for mountain biking frequently in NC/GA where most trails are under a canopy.

Battery is pretty good. As a rule of thumb, it shaves about 30-40% off my battery life if I have it on and recording. I can get some of that back by turning off the cell coverage, wifi & bluetooth.

Some maps are free. You can download public maps and their own maps:

MotionX Road
MotionX Terrain
NoAA Marine

And you can use these maps, but they require a connection:

Bing
Apple
Google

Finally, you can buy a $5 upgrade that lets you pull down additional map sets. Examples include USGS BAsemap and Open Cycle Maps. Some of these other map sets have a charge, but most of them are free.

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Response to hueymahl (Reply #10)

Mon May 30, 2016, 12:44 AM

11. Thank you very much for your replies. I will certainly look into it. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Mon May 23, 2016, 01:14 PM

5. Try this one then ...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delorme-Earthmate-PN-40-Handheld-Portable-GPS-/252398219141?hash=item3ac41b2f85:g9kAAOSwrnNXQM-a

It's used/refurbished. I bought one new about 7 years ago and still use it. My son the mountain climber has the other one I suggested.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #5)

Mon May 23, 2016, 02:21 PM

7. Thank again for responding but looking for an app for my IPhone.

 

The hikes I go on are not that rugged mostly just walks, but sometimes in the forests. Just looking for something inexpensive to goof around with. Are you familiar with the Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington the State? Most is flat and paved. Great for bikes and casual walkers. The trail is about 127 miles long but some is on highways and streets.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #7)

Mon May 23, 2016, 02:24 PM

8. Sorry, can't help on the iPhone thing. Good luck and have fun hiking.

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #8)

Mon May 23, 2016, 02:48 PM

9. Thanks again for your responses. And best of luck to you also. nm

 

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