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post #16 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2017, 01:43 AM
Hittin' the Trails
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Port Moody, BC
Interest: Hiking, camping, climbing, snowboarding, Tea
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I've been using a smartphone for a few years now. I never acquired a dedicated GPS unit, but ensured that I had a waterproof phone (Sony xperia z2). I use CanadaMaps for $11 I think when I bought it. Multiple map layers to choose from and cache for offline. When on wifi (I don't have data), you can use bing and google maps (topo and satellite image). This is nice since I've found google topo maps has trails on it that you can then make your own tracks if you wish. Also able to use satellite view if going off trail to scope out debris chutes etc that may not be apparent on topo map. There is a free version I think, but unable to download for offline. I still bring a compass for redundency.

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