Maps & apps for GPS

03 Oct 2017 14:13 #72219 by AndrewP
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Thanks Stijn

That looks perfect. App downloaded, and ready to go. I will try it out this weekend.

As a bonus, the custom map I want to load onto it is already in OSM format, so I might even be able to get it loaded in time to give the whole package a proper test run.

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07 Oct 2017 11:20 #72235 by ruthtbl
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I have used Locus as a GPS in the Drakensberg (out of network range) very successfully. Pfoj has also used it tons on his phone. You can download offline versions of maps / tracks.

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23 Dec 2017 14:46 #72515 by IzakGrey01
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Good day. I recently started using the Garmin etrex 30x gps and noticed several Drakensberg trails on the basemap. Is there a way one can "select" or use the existing trails on the basemap you want to be navigated on? Thanks.

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12 Aug 2020 14:45 #75925 by Carl Gebhard
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Hey all.
Just a question, perhaps a bit daft but bear with me as I've just started playing with GPX Viewer Pro (on my Galaxy) and not exactly super tech-smart...

Contour lines for Lesotho are sketchy 'n patchy, is this normal? (as far as normal goes)
I'm actually dead happy with my paper maps, just thought I'd scope this out.

thanks in advance.
c.

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15 Oct 2020 10:14 #76202 by Beard
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Hi All,

I have just come back from a wet weekend, in the Mweni Area (Ntonjelana to Mweni). Great hike! We saw 3 tents in the Chi Chi Bush camp and 4 groups of people doing the Mweni/Rockeries camber. It was cold. Well done to all.

We tested an APP called Gaia and took a Garmix GPS to gauge the accuracy. THE APP WAS BRILLAINT and the Garmin was not pulled out again. Maps were taken and checked with the APP but the easy of use and functionality of a touch screen !!!!! Iphones cameras are brilliant and battery life is great!! I dropped waypoints before the trip and in the cold/wet/mist it worked exceptionally well. The APP is free and easy to use and ONLY uses GPS when you turn on APP, saving battery life.

I have a Garmin Dakota and will be selling this for next to nothing.

i had my doubts, but APP tech is inpressive. I might not be a purist but if you consult the APP for basic needs and pace-setting, it was SUCH a win!!

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15 Oct 2020 10:46 - 15 Oct 2020 10:48 #76203 by Riaang
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Thanks for the info Beard, I'll check this app out on my next berg hike.

Don't throw your old Dakota away just yet, rather keep it as a secondary backup. Here's why:

In our hiking group, we have a number of different navigation devices, from a compass and map to a couple of GPS's and phones. This way the group is typically covered as somewhere something should work.
I have actually stopped using my Montana touch screen GPS in the berg, for a number of reasons, mainly being fairly bulky and heavy, but the touch screen doesn't perform well in very cold conditions (you have to press quite hard on the screen, and using cloves makes it so much more difficult), and in the wet I've wiped off icons on the screen when I was wiping off water drops! That was kind of problematic on that specific hike.

These days I use mainly my Fenix 6 (vastly better than my old Fenix 3), my wife uses a Suunto 9 and then we also carry a Garmap 64S, with simple buttons to push and that external antennae gives us excellent reception. I've downloaded maps onto my smartphone as well, but I've found previously that reception was erratic in certain areas, so didn't attempt to navigate on the map with the phone, but used it like a normal papermap of sorts.

If this app works well, I will definitely consider it as a backup, but I doubt I'll ever leave my Garmin at home. I've had to rely on it in adverse weather conditions, and it has never failed me before, whereas my phone (yours might be better) has not been 100% reliable. However, technology improves and I may still change my mind on this subject sometime in the future :-)
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15 Oct 2020 11:17 #76204 by Beard
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Good points!!!
thanks for input!

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26 Oct 2020 16:12 #76253 by Serious tribe
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Just downloaded it and will try it out.

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