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Hey what is everyone using for GPS tracking in your off road ride? Apps on your phone or a different device?
I use an app called avenza on android. The app is free but you have to pay like $25 for the backroads map pack. It's well worth it because it will track you offline, and you can drop pins where cool shit is.
I don't use this for trails though, I use it to find camp spots and other cool stuff.
I use Maps.me on my iPhone. It’s totally free, and pretty good for backroad maps, but not always accurate or up to date. But you can download the maps for offline use, so it does the trick!
I also have the Backroads mapbook, which is excellent, but it’s a book so the GPS signal is a little weak :)
Gaia is also a popular phone app, but I haven’t figured out how to use it properly yet.
I use Canada Topo Maps. You dont need to pay to download any maps and you can save your route.The free version works great, but you can only save I think 3 routes. and it's something like 17$ to upgrade to pro, which allows you to save unlimited routes.
Gaia maps have been perfect for me. Very up to date. They have found me a way around quite a few gates so far 👍
+1 for Gaia. The tracking feature is very helpful too.
+1 for gaia as well. I've been using gaia for a little while now, and it's pretty easy to use. I just started to notice a little icon when zoomed in on the satellite layer that almost appears to represent a gate. Can anyone confirm? Just browsing it last night, I came across one on Weeks Main, shortly after you make the turn from Butler Main towards Leech Falls. These icons are all over though. It's a great feature if these are in fact marked gate locations. It will save me a lot of hassle planning trips.
Personally I hated Gaia, im keeping my handheld Garmin but that being said Gaia has roads that Garmin doesn't and vice versa....
Also use it for hiking as well
Lance have you tried the Backroad Map Books card in your Garmin or know of anyone who has? I am very curious about that and leaning towards doing that in my Garmin.
I have heard good things but a few more opinions from knowledgeable people would be great!
Thats what I have in it yes and its great!
Ok! Looks like you helped make my decision easier! There is way more positive feedback then any negative on using a setup like yours! Lol
And I do like that it makes it easy to grab it for hiking too!
My first trips were with the VI BRMB, still use it too! I can't speak for the BRMP in Garmin, but I use it in Gaia, and it's very good. I plot the bulk of my routes in the BRMB, and toggle between the satellite layer for gates. All of my driving is done in the BRMP layer. It's easy to follow, and looks better than some of the other layers.
I personally like the mounted 10" tablet for the large screen. Only drawback so far with Gaia, is that she doesn't speak to me (that I'm aware of).
The BRMB books are my go to for any adventure since the first one I accidentally bought back in 2009 to find out where to find an ice fishing lake in northern Alberta that a buddy and I had no clue where it was! (. We both just moved there that year ! Me from PEI and him from Ont and the local was a no show. Found a gas station, found the mapbook and game on!! Lol). Hooked on those BRMB map books ever since!
Although I found out on the last trip. The newest Vancouver Island one is definitely more up to date then my older version! Lol
I'm running OpenStreetMap files on my Garmin Nuvi 765t. Got it all dialled in and working to my liking.
You can view the map here:
This site allows you to create free Garmin map files:
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