What’s your favourite navigation tool?

Tagged: , ,

  • Creator
    Topic
  • #139117
    Avatar of Samantha HeraldSamantha Herald
    Participant

    I generally carry and map and compass but mostly rely on an app with offline maps and gps tracking. What do you use?

Viewing 3 reply threads
  • Author
    Replies
    • #139486
      Avatar of Darren EdwardsDarren Edwards
      Keymaster
      Up
      3
      Down
      ::

      I used to only use a map and compass but these days, I find an app on my phone is a great way to quickly find my location. For the most part, I visually read the terrain to understand where I’m going and where I’ve been. I always have a compass in my pack and take a hard copy topo map on more challenging or remote hikes.

      • #139616
        Avatar of Samantha HeraldSamantha Herald
        Participant
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        I’ve gotta get better at visually reading the terrain. I’m ok with it but tend to rely on my devices a lot.

    • #139475
      Avatar of Darren BowmanDarren Bowman
      Participant
      Up
      3
      Down
      ::

      I’m old school and rely on map and compass. I recently learnt how to upload a gpx file into my Garmin watch, but I don’t like the lack of context the small screen provides, especially without a background map. I guess a gps with maps would be better. I’ve only ever used a basic gps to confirm my position.

      • #139487
        Avatar of Darren EdwardsDarren Edwards
        Keymaster
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        I agree with you about the small watch face. I find GPS watches are useful for recording but I never really rely on them for anything else.

    • #139679
      Avatar of Torsten BungeTorsten Bunge
      Participant
      Up
      1
      Down
      ::

      My phone with the Strava app. I always pre-plan my routes with Strava and download to use offline so can follow the trail even without mobile reception.

      • #139681
        Avatar of Samantha HeraldSamantha Herald
        Participant
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        Haven’t used Strava. Is that a free service?

      • #139683
        Avatar of Torsten BungeTorsten Bunge
        Participant
        Up
        2
        Down
        ::

        There is a free version but really only lets you record your workout and not much else. Around $100/yr gets you the premium features and access to their other services such as Fat Map and Recover. Beacon is another great feature, lets you share your live workout with contacts who can then track you live. Good piece of mind if you’re out on your own and also part of the free version I believe.

      • #139698
        Avatar of Samantha HeraldSamantha Herald
        Participant
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        Thank you. I’ll take a look at it this week. I’m not big on subscription services but sounds like you really like it.

      • #139704
        Avatar of Torsten BungeTorsten Bunge
        Participant
        Up
        2
        Down
        ::

        I’m the same when it comes to subscription but love Strava. Only started using the paid version a few years ago but wouldn’t go back; the features are great, developers reinvest to improve features and services and the platform was integral to my recovery from a serious injury. Wouldn’t be without it,

      • #139705
        Avatar of Samantha HeraldSamantha Herald
        Participant
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        Awesome. You’ve convinced me to fork out some cash and take a look. Thank you

      • #139706
        Avatar of Grant HollingworthGrant Hollingworth
        Participant
        Up
        1
        Down
        ::

        It’s well worth the money

    • #140972
      Avatar of Grant WalkerGrant Walker
      Participant
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      If I see someone using the GaiaGPS app, I figure they know what they’re doing.

      If I see someone using the Avenza Maps app with NYNJTC maps, I feel they have the best possible Catskills map to hand.

      If I see someone using a map and compass, I know they have their shit together.

      If I see someone navigating a trail with the AllTrails app, suddenly, I’m not so sure…

      So many people I’ve met (lost) on the trail using the AllTrails app wouldn’t have a clue what they were doing if they turned off their phone. IMO it’s a dangerous tool.

Viewing 3 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.