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Best GPS Back-tracker?


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  1. Glucklichste

    Glucklichste Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I live in Alaska, and I often hike in the woods (the dogs love it!). There are a few places where it's weirdly easy to get lost, far away enough from anything that would help you know your orientation/direction.

    I am new to Android (just got a Samsung Captivate), but so far I'm seeing parking type applications, that don't necessarily backtrack.

    Is there any app that would really trace your same route backwards?

    Straight line back to a starting point isn't practical in these situations! I've had dedicated GPS units that are rubbish when it comes to this, but I figure ... why not search/ask, if my phone could do this I'd be beyond thrilled.
     

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    AFAngryWarrior Well-Known Member

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    The best one I've used for hiking the Mountains in Utah is Backpacker GPS Trails. You can find it in the Appmarket for $9.99 but I think they have a lite version to try first.
     
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    picko Active Member

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    There's My Tracks which is free and there's Maverick both record your tracks so you can retrace your route.
     
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    Glucklichste Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks to both of you! I need to get better at searching for apps.
     
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    Benjie Well-Known Member

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    If you are hiking in a remote area, you are better off with a standalone GPS, one that has the maps built in, et cetera.
     
  6. Glucklichste

    Glucklichste Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Obviously, but I'm not going as remote as you may think. It's just so easy to get far enough into woods that you could get turned around - has happened to friends/family, they go out for "an hour" and five hours later come home exhausted and flustered, LOL. I just figured if there's an app that can really trace your path, I'd try it and go ahead and use it when hiking.
     
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    These products can also be marketed as a Jealous Boyfriend's tool.
     
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    Spackle New Member

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    There's also Back Country Navigator (BC Nav) which allows you to download the maps into your phone. It supports MyTopo, USGS Topo, USGS Aerial photos (colr and B&W) plus more. It is $9.95 in the marketplace. This app replaces all of my standalone hiking/hunting and backwoods GPSes.

    My Tracks from Google may be all you need.
     
  9. Glucklichste

    Glucklichste Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you! I think the logical step is for me to test out My Tracks first, but I really appreciate the other option just in case. And actually, I know someone who needs that ASAP, so I'm happy to get to pass the info along. ;)
     
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    alllenmobis New Member

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    Hi

    Well! I heard from one of my friends about a gps/path tracking app of Mobistealth.com that tracks and traces your same route backwards. She also loves hiking, says that this app sounds good to her. I have had also been with it for some months. It is a smart app that tracks your route and gps locations. It does not cost too much. I am pretty sure you can have it just in few bucks.

    Let me know if you need more info''
     
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