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Post by Phillip Gross on August 21st 2015, 10:32 pm

I'm thinking that I'd like to get a GPS device that could both show me trails, and map new trails that we were blazing. I also want to know the distances we've hiked, or plan on hiking. I want to do the hiking merit this year, and I'd like to earn the 25 mile patch. Is that just for the boys, or do commanders earn that too?

I imagine that a 25 mile hike can't be used for both the 25 mile patch AND one of the required hikes for the hiking merit, or can it?
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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 22nd 2015, 1:02 am

I believe the hike patches can be awarded for hikes in the merit since those patches are not merits.

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Post by Mark Jones on August 23rd 2015, 12:53 pm

I am using viewranger.com It does what you want and it works on a smart phone and it uses the gps chip in the phone and works as well as my 400 dollar gps handhelds.

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 23rd 2015, 1:52 pm

That's also what I was curious about, the difference between purpose built GPS devices and an app for a smart phone. I've been looking at the trails on the "everytrail" website where people have uploaded their hikes, but wasn't sure how accurate those things were.

Thanks for the input.
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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 23rd 2015, 8:00 pm

Will the handheld dedicated to gps have a better battery life than a smartphone?

Will handhelds working off of satelites fair better than a cell phone relying on towers?

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Post by Mark Jones on August 26th 2015, 7:28 am

The view ranger app works off of the gps chip and you download the maps for the area you want to go into before you get there as there will be no cell signal often where I go at least.

My 499.00 Delorme topo with PN handheld works just as good as my FREE ViewRanger app on my smart phone. I will say I do use the Delorme Topo program 100.00 to view the maps and plot it out and then upload it to my viewranger.

Battery life is a trade off. Bring extra AA batteries for the GPS or bring a USB charger for the smart phone. Put the smart phone in Airplane mode and it will last for quite a while..gps still works in airplane mode.

Bottom line. I have 5 gps hand helds from over the years. Today's smart phone has them all beat in price and use.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 26th 2015, 10:23 pm

Is the USB charger another battery you charge prior to going?

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 27th 2015, 5:26 am

Or bring that biolite camp stove that charges while the fire burns. I think there are some small solar packs too.
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Post by Mark Jones on August 27th 2015, 7:06 am

That works too. Winter months it's a better option. Summer months bring the usb battery pack.

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Post by Mark Jones on August 27th 2015, 7:09 am

Yes it's just a average cell phone charger. Just charge it before you go or in the car as you travel there. I have two of these one at home and one in my work truck. I don't use them much but they are there and they maintain a charge for months and months.

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 29th 2015, 11:29 pm

Downloaded both ViewRanger and Trimble Outdoor hiking apps to see what I like. They each have subtle differences so I need to figure out what I want more. ViewRanger may in fact win out, but I wanted a comparison. Now I just need to find another weekend that I can hit the trail soon!
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Post by Mark Jones on August 30th 2015, 5:10 pm

You will learn to enjoy the view ranger app. Then go on line using your desktop or tablet and edit the stuff then send it to your smart phone. You can do it on a smart phone but you will have a headache after doing it. GRIN!

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Post by Mark Jones on December 31st 2017, 1:55 pm

It's been a while since I posted on the GPS. Viewranger has lived up to it's promises.   Half a dozen other commanders around our area are using it as well.  We are sharing trips and backpacks and info pretty easy and it's working out great.

Did subscribe to https://www.gaiagps.com/ it had some trails for around the Grand Canyon on it and it's interface was easy to use as well.  

Having the GPX tracks of others that have been up a trail is too good to not be with out it.  YOU can know where the trail goes for sure and have much fewer surprises along the way.

Over all.  If people used the Viewranger app there would be no more lost people.  When the cell map software can't pull signal and tell you where your at the viewranger app knows exactly where your at.  

We go some places that well they are really hard to find in the day light.  I can lead them there in the middle of the night.  (most of the time.... grin)  

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 2nd 2018, 7:25 pm

I'll check that out.

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