- Mar 3, 2013
I use paper maps a Garmin 62s. And a panasonic superzoom digital.. phone stays turned off in pack along with a silva compass.......
Hahaha give it another 5-10 years and you may be right.She'll eventually get over that.
I was a rookie member of a SAR group for awhile, and everyone getting lost had smartphones, so, I deduced that having a smartphone means you're going to get lost. I've only been lost a couple of times in my life, so decided that was enough and therefore don't want a smartphone. So far, so good.
For tracking maps are way cheaper
@ImNotDedYet - Was your phone in "off-plane" mode during Gaia tracking? Or was this on a super cold day, where the phones are almost useless? That's the biggest problem with the phones during winter hiking, the batteries poop out in freezing weather.
Usually during temperatures way above freezing I can easily track the entire route for 8-10 hours and take loads of photos all day and still have battery left (iPhone11). If I don't track the route continuously, but just mark some way points at critical canyon forks & way points for pictographs/ruins, plus take photos all day, then I still have 1/2 battery with Gaia running/open all day in the background. Obviously I close out all other apps. We have the Garmin Mini for 2-way mgs. We love Gaia and also extensively use all the various super cool maps layers. It's worth every penny IMO
I agree 100%. I always have a map and an old-school analog compass with me and use that as my primary navigation. But in places like canyons where much of the landscape looks similar and navigational landmarks are harder to come by, it can be easier to use tracking to see if I've missed a turnoff on my return trip. But I also like to have backups of something that could save my life, hence the phone or external GPS.
I didn't place the phone in airplane mode with just the gps on for this trip. It was my first attempt using tracking with Gaia, and truthfully it was completely unnecessary as the trail is very familiar and well marked - even in the snow. It was cold in the morning but got quite nice (mid 40's F?) in the afternoon. I'm sure the cold affected the battery life, but I often don't put my phone into airplane mode and don't recall it being nearly dead by the time I'm back to the car - even when tracking with the mini. It's good to hear that the Gaia will work though.
There are certainly some things I'll try w/ Gaia to see about battery life. Perhaps marking waypoints instead of actual tracking, airplane mode, etc. I'm more so just exploring the differences between it and the Mini at this point. I don't often use tracking in the mountains in Colorado as I don't bushwhack often and trails in the areas I'm going typically are well defined. If I get in a pinch I can always use the map and compass.
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