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Old 03-17-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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funtreks gps chips useful?

I was in Colorado last fall for a few trails and will be back this year with both Colorado funtreks guide books and the Moab one. Has anyone used their gps trail chips and if so are they worth having along with the books? I'd considered getting the chips and a garmin nuvi if they are useful in addition to the books. I will probably be running the easier trails solo also unless I find a group. Thanks, Tim

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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I think I'm going to get a garmin nuvi and the trail micro SD chips. Anyone running this setup?

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I've got a Nuvi but don't use it on the trails. If you have an Android phone, download the BackCountry Navigator app for $10. I then download the .gpx files from TrailDamage (free). TrailDamage also has the .gpx files for Moab trails. With the app, you can use their free aerial maps, topo maps, etc. You can then cache the specific area so you're not dependent on a cell signal.

The app shows stats like elevation, miles traveled, elevation traveled. It has a compass feature. You can also load Google Earth (.kml) waypoints. Its just a fantastic app that I use on all of the trails out here. Here is a screenshot of the Left Hand Canyon trail downloaded from TrailDamage, overlayed onto the app:
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Also, when you have specific dates in mind for being in Colorado, post up in this section. We'd be happy to run trails with you.
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Also, when you have specific dates in mind for being in Colorado, post up in this section. We'd be happy to run trails with you.
Wow great info, thanks. I wouldn't have thought of apps and didn't want a gps along with my phone anyway...yes I have a S3 android. I will work on that setup and the free .gpx files.

I am traveling from mideast side of Illinois around 1000 miles to Denver. Last year Labor day wknd I came out to Denver and did a few trails, toughest one being Spring Creek which I really liked. So I've got a few ideas for the trip this year in the Montezuma, Leadville and St Elmo area...kind of working my way southwest as I'm planning to be in Ouray for the group leaving Denver June 28.

Thanks for the trail run offer as I won't do the red trails solo. I met a couple guys last year that may or may not be able to do some trails depending on work, etc. The plan right now is to be there sometime during the week of June 17 to run trails prior to Ouray. Due to the distance I'm traveling I'd wanted to get over to Moab first but I think I will just come back in September. Tim
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I use my handheld Garmin maps62S and the free .gpx files from traildamage I have also bought the topo maps for it so I get good detail. This set up works well for me. I've thought about the cell phone idea but don't like the idea if something were to happen my battery life on the phone is short. I'd hate to be back tracking on foot following my trail and the phone die. The gps batteries last a lot longer and I always have spares with me.
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I've been using everytrail pro for about a year, you can download all the funtreks guides FREE on there, you just pay $4 for the framework.

Not a bad deal.

I use it on a 10" android tablet, and it works great.
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I've been using everytrail pro for about a year, you can download all the funtreks guides FREE on there, you just pay $4 for the framework.

Not a bad deal.

I use it on a 10" android tablet, and it works great.
I've got a samsung s3. I will have to check out everytrail pro along with the backcountry navigator app. Thanks for the tip
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I've got a Nuvi but don't use it on the trails. If you have an Android phone, download the BackCountry Navigator app for $10. I then download the .gpx files from TrailDamage (free). TrailDamage also has the .gpx files for Moab trails. With the app, you can use their free aerial maps, topo maps, etc. You can then cache the specific area so you're not dependent on a cell signal.

The app shows stats like elevation, miles traveled, elevation traveled. It has a compass feature. You can also load Google Earth (.kml) waypoints. Its just a fantastic app that I use on all of the trails out here. Here is a screenshot of the Left Hand Canyon trail downloaded from TrailDamage, overlayed onto the app:
I downloaded a traildamage .gpx file into my phone but didn't see a way to load it into the backcountry app. I was going to practice on the free app but I'm thinking you need the pay app to load files, which I was going to get anyway
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Ok I did get the map to load on the trial version. I went into my phone file manager and clicked the downloaded file and it automatically imports it. I'm very happy to have this app and will buy the pay version for $10, a deal to have the ability to download any .gpx file off traildamage. With gps on the map and funtrek books I should be much less likely to get off the trail with a wrong turn. Thanks for the recommendation
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Ok I did get the map to load on the trial version. I went into my phone file manager and clicked the downloaded file and it automatically imports it. I'm very happy to have this app and will buy the pay version for $10, a deal to have the ability to download any .gpx file off traildamage. With gps on the map and funtrek books I should be much less likely to get off the trail with a wrong turn. Thanks for the recommendation
What fun is that Tim?? Maybe we should go back while you're here and do the real red elephant trail......
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Ok I did get the map to load on the trial version. I went into my phone file manager and clicked the downloaded file and it automatically imports it. I'm very happy to have this app and will buy the pay version for $10, a deal to have the ability to download any .gpx file off traildamage. With gps on the map and funtrek books I should be much less likely to get off the trail with a wrong turn. Thanks for the recommendation
Glad to hear you got it to work. It seemed intimidating at first, but its fairly easy to use. If you select the options you can choose 'Import Tracks or Waypoints' and then navigate to the directory on your phone where you saved the file. And you can add several .gpx files to one 'Trip' file so you see multiple trails all at a glance.

I'm online now to retrieve the .gpx files from TrailDamage for my Moab trip this weekend!

Glad you're finding the app useful.

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