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Old 02-01-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Handheld GPS for Hiking

I am old school, map/compass but want to move to GPS for canyon country, anyone know of the latest and lightest?
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:36 PM   #2
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Re: Handheld GPS for Hiking

Unless you're one of the couple dozen people in this country without a smart phone, I'd use that.

If you want to stay old school, you can use the phone's GPS for basic lat/long and pick your position out on a map.

I use an app called Back Country Navigator (BCNav). I allows you to store maps off line to use out in no-cell-coverage country. I use it for road maps and also small areas of USGS topo and air photo for hiking.

You get all the functionality of a hand held GPS plus the 1001 other things you can do with a smart phone.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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But be aware GPS may not always work in canyons if there aren't enough satellites overhead

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Re: Handheld GPS for Hiking

I recently sold my Garmin 60csx & picked up a Garmin Montana. So far it has been great but I'm still getting used to using it. Not the most compact unit but the screen is large & readable.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:03 AM   #5
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Take ŗ look to GaiaGPS apps for iOS or Android. It's a great apps which allows to download for free several different maps (topo, USGS, USFS, terrain, etc.) for everywhere on the planet. I use it since three years and won't go without it anymore...
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Re: Handheld GPS for Hiking

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Unless you're one of the couple dozen people in this country without a smart phone, I'd use that.

.....the 1001 other things you can do with a smart phone.
Yo----make that a couple dozen and one more too---ME!!
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:47 AM   #7
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I really believe the Garmin 60CSX is the best for basic nav. the batteries last a long time you can load a micro card for maps and its simple. The only thing is it has a smaller screen but I only need it to confirm I'm right on the maps.


Watch out using a phone for longer hikes just because the battery will go fast using the gps.
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I second the Gaia App and use it continuously. The Pro version allows you to download multiple map layer types at the same time.

Works great on bike rides too. Dropped my phone in my pocket yesterday, hit record and it tracked all the important stats of the ride.
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Re: Handheld GPS for Hiking

I use my iphone in conjuction with a bluetooth GPS receiver made by DUAl. XPGS 150A.
This is far more accurate than any smart phone +/- 2.5Meters.
I use downloaded maps and put my phone in airplane mode with just bluetooth turned on.
This minimizes power consumption on my phone. I use an app called gpsNAV with offline downloaded map data.
I ride my mtb alone alot in areas with no cel reception and this works very well.
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