If you are having trouble locating yourself on the map, the following articles may be of use.
This article walks through the basics of finding your position on the map and having the map update to keep you in view: Locate and Orient Yourself on the Map
If the app isn't able to find your position, check your device settings:
- Gaia GPS isn't locating me. How do I adjust iOS location services?
- Gaia GPS isn't locating me. How do I adjust Android location services?
You can read more about allowing Gaia GPS to access your location information on iOS here: Allowing Gaia GPS to use your Location Information in iOS
When using Gaia GPS, keep in mind that your device is communicating directly with satellites to find your location. Things like tree canopy, tall buildings and cliffs can cause interference with GPS signals. More on why GPS recording can inaccurate here: Why GPS Track Recording Can Be Inaccurate
If you are looking for an emergency beacon, you should know that Gaia GPS can not share your location in real time with others: Can I share my current location with someone? Can I use Gaia GPS as an emergency beacon?