[Cdt-l] Gaia GPS app in place of dedicated GPS unit

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 2 17:29:26 CDT 2014

The dedicated CDT apps look great. I see that these appear to incorporate tracks along with the Bearcreek waypoints. If that's correct, then are the tracks followable within the app? Are these tracks (presumably just of the official route) available elsewhere for use in third party apps, GPS units, Google Earth API's etc?

- Brett

 From: BCSS <bcss at bresnan.net>
To: Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com> 
Cc: "cdt-l at backcountry.net" <cdt-l at backcountry.net> 
Sent: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Gaia GPS app in place of dedicated GPS unit

FYI - I have been in cooperation with High Sierra Attitude and Guthook guides to develop both Android and IOS versions of dedicated CDT apps.  A free demo version of the Android one is here:


The demo has the trail from Crazy Cook to Lordsburg and Columbus alternate routes so people can use them free for the first part of the trail and see how they like them.  

IPad/Iphone version should be available in a week or so.  The Bear Creek waypoints are built into the apps.   The apps are being built a state at a time heading north, hopefully at a faster rate  than hikers are moving, so you should be able to do the entire trail using them this year.  

Jerry Brown  (bearcreek)

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On Apr 2, 2014, at 12:16 PM, Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com> wrote:

Although a dedicated GPS unit like the eTrex 20 / 30 will provide slightly better accuracy, another approach is to use a smartphone GPS app such as Gaia GPS. This app is considerably more intuitive to use than the eTrex series, has essentially no storage limits beyond those of the device itself so you can load all the Bearcreek waypoints without having to convert them to POI's, and you can view and query all of the waypoints without jumping through hoops. Because you're only planning to get a fix on a waypoint here or there for guidance purposes, rather than following a GPS track all day, 3 meter accuracy and a full week of battery life are less crucial. 
>Off-contract Samsung Galaxy phones running Android can be had for less than half the price of an eTrex 30. I've only used the iPhone, GPS functionality is independent of a cell signal using Gaia GPS, but would assume the Galaxy mimics the same functionality. Accuracy is fine for casual use, might take a bit longer to handshake on startup without a cell signal / sim card installed.
>Battery life can be extended with an external USB battery charger, such as Anker Astro, which comes in various capacities that work out to about 1-2 ounces product weight per single recharge capability.
>Gaia GPS app installation and upload / download management would be via a WiFi connection in the case of a phone without a cell signal or sim card. Gaia GPS can store 1:24000 quad maps for off-line use, possibly not for the entire CDT at once though, given the very large size of that data set. But probably enough maps could be stored strategically to reach the next known WiFi connection in town.
>The eTrex 20 is my go-to unit for field-recording tracks and waypoints, where accuracy and battery life are the most crucial. But were I to thru-hike the CDT with Bearcreek's data, I'd probably just carry my cell phone and save on the extra weight and fiddle factor. Ultimately GPS doesn't normally factor into one's hiking day to the extent that one might imagine it would.
>- Brett
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>Sent: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 AM
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>Yeah, Bob--I know exactly what you mean. I load waypoints every year
and somehow it doesn't imprint itself on my memory--each time it is
like doing it for the first time. My brain just balks at storing it in
memory. Kind of like setting up my drip irrigation timer. I also glaze over at explanations. I print out the explanations and
eventually re-read and mess around with the GPS them until I "grok"
them. This process is weirdly uncomfortable--like I have to force my
brain to concentrate on this stuff. I had no problem with math and
science in school, or learning computer related skills, but the GPS is
something else for some reason.  --Fireweed ----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Sartini" 
To:"Mary Kwart" 
Cc:"Eric White" , "Larry Swearingen" , "CDT Emaillist" 
Sent:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:38:04 -0400
Subject:Re: [Cdt-l] Custom POIs Nor do they care. And unfortunately the people who backpack like us AND understand how the technology works don't seem to speak in a language some of us can understand. Personally I glaze over very quickly when reading what appear to others to be very precise directions. I got it done a year ago and have no idea how. But I think Bear Creek will load it all up for you. Check the web
page. On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 1:26 AM, Mary Kwart  wrote: > Well--the trouble isn't using GPS in the field, that is easy, the
problem > is downloading the stuff beforehand with lousy documentation for
the gadgets > we use and the way we use them. I also carry a compass, which I
have used > since the 70's, but using a GPS in the field is like driving a
Porsche over > the compass Volkswagen. Much faster to locate yourself. GPS
companies just > aren't geared to our type of use, but to the needs of people
geocaching and > doing low mileage trips. > --Fireweed
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