OAUSA Net - July 9, 2020 - Wilderness Navigation

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Re: OAUSA Net - July 9, 2020 - Wilderness Navigation


Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:41 pm

I’m surprised that no one mentioned Gaia GPS as another option.

This is a little late but it’s worth mentioning just incase someone is looking for another option for off-road navigation and I hope it is useful for some of you.

Gaia GPS runs on both Android and iOS and also has a web based program that
gives you an easy way to build an off-road route (see video link below).

1. Ease of use
2. Lots of map overlays (see below)
3. Works on multiple platforms


1. Maps have to be downloaded for off-line use. Depending on network speed this can take a while.
2. Downloads are limited to size and it may take multiple downloads to cover the area of travel.
3. There are 3 versions, free, Membership ($17 a year with current discount) and Premium ($36 a year with current discount).

The free version is best for day hikes where there is cell coverage.

Membership Version is best for backcountry trips without cell service and includes additional Top, Satellite, and Road Maps not part of Free Version.

Premium Version includes the full suite of maps like US Topo, USFS Visitor, Public Lands, Historic 1900 and 1930 maps, and hunting maps to name a few.

Here is a video that gives a basic overview of Gaia GPS operation on an iPad and the web application.


The first set of map overlays are some of the various versions of Topos available. In some of the pictures you can see a Red Parashant track.

USGS Topo.jpg
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NatGeo.jpg (308.81 KiB) Viewed 142 times
Wilderness Area
Wildnerss Area.jpg
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Gaia Topo
Gaia Topo .jpg
Gaia Topo .jpg (229.89 KiB) Viewed 142 times
OpenStreet Landscape
Open Street Landscape.jpg
Open Street Landscape.jpg (231.67 KiB) Viewed 142 times
Satellite with Labels
Satellite With Labels.jpg
Satellite With Labels.jpg (311.47 KiB) Viewed 142 times

This next set of map overlays are some of the various street maps available.

MapBox Street HD
MapBox Street HD.jpg
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Gaia Street
Gaia Streets.jpg
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And finally a list of some of the hunting maps available on the left below.
Hunting Overlay .jpg
Hunting Overlay .jpg (123.65 KiB) Viewed 142 times
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