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Raue3600
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06/13/2018 07:14AM
Who has had success in airplane mode with your phone or what APP maybe good to download. A little piece of mind for staying the course would be nice since it is our first trip. While in Rocky Mountains All Trails App was nice with positioning.
 
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GearJunkie
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06/13/2018 07:46AM
Raue3600: "Who has had success in airplane mode with your phone or what APP maybe good to download. A little piece of mind for staying the course would be nice since it is our first trip. While in Rocky Mountains All Trails App was nice with positioning. "

You can download the entire BWCA via google maps. Upper left hand corner there’s three flat lines. Click that and then go to “offline maps”. Then custom map. From there drag the square to the area of the BWCA you want to save “offline”.

It will stay saved for offline use for 30 days I believe. From there you can use maps normally within the pre saved map area only without a connection.

Use the drop pin feature and the hit the “save” icon to mark camps, portage’s, fishing spots, etc...

I use maps this way to map out my territory for work all the time. The only thing I’d says it cant do is actually give you a path to follow. Which isn’t really needed in my opinion due to the zoom feature and how accurate the signal is.
IndyCanoe
 
06/13/2018 08:34AM
On advice from others in this forum, we used Gaia last year on our first trip into BWCA, and it worked great. For us it did provide that peace of mind to make sure i read the map correctly. I have also had success using motionX GPS but i seemed to like the interface of gaia a little better. Both work in airplane mode, just make sure you download the maps for the area ahead of time. I was able to find links in older threads that allowed me to download the gpx file with all of the portages and campsites that i uploaded to my phone.

If you are going to use it often bring a portable charger. I have an Iphone 7 just using it occasionally to get a bearing on a portage or a campsite didn't use much battery life. One of the days I wanted to test out the function that would guide me to a waypoint. Used it for maybe 30 minutes, I can't remember the exact battery % but i do remember that it was significant.
SouthernExposure
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06/13/2018 08:36AM
We used the map app from HuntStand on my iphone last week to navigate Seagull and Alpine, two lakes with a large number of islands. It has Google maps preloaded and places you via GPS on the map. You can also layout paths through the island mazes and pinpoint campsites and features before you go. It is a free app and proved to be a very valuable addition to the trip. I still carried maps and a compass as a backup.
nofish
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06/13/2018 08:50AM
I have both HuntStand and Navionics on my phone. In the BWCA I use the Navionics maps for fishing and it works well without service. When having no service the only issue may be that it can take a little longer to establish a connection with a satellite for gps otherwise once connected it should work just fine.
marsonite
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06/13/2018 08:52AM
I use Topo Maps as a really easy way to download USGS quad maps and find your location.

UncleBuck
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06/13/2018 09:39AM
I use Terra Map on an iPhone 6 Plus in airplane mode. I used it exclusively last year and I've promised myself that I would NOT do the same this year. The app works fantastic but I found that I was ALWAYS looking at it. That really took some of the fun out of navigating and looking around more at the scenery. The GPS really became a crutch for me. On the other hand, it sure helped out when we were paddling across a wind-blown Seagull or when trying to find a hidden portage.

I also take a nice Anker recharger. I'd plug my phone in at night (which was usually down to 40% or so by then...guessing....but not scary-low) and the recharger easily lasts the week.

Oh, the best thing about the GPS is that my trip is logged-as long as I remember to start the log in the morning.
Atb
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06/13/2018 09:41AM
I use MotionX and Navionics. I have a Vexilar SonarPhone device, which is a transducer that pairs to your phone to work as a fishfinder. When connected to Navionics, it also makes/improves bathymetric maps, which is awesome. Navionics also has a photo feature where it will display your photos where they were taken, nice for the big lunker pics!

Whatever you use, be sure to download the map tiles you need in advance, before you lose connectivity. Otherwise, you will be SOOL.

Interesting to hear about Gaia and Google Maps here...I'll try those on my July trip.
Raue3600
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06/14/2018 10:32AM
Thanks all
 
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