My wife, son and I hiked the Iron Bear trail on Teanaway Ridge in Washington this past weekend. Our son has discovered many hikes and has taken us on a few now. He mentioned that there are some hikes he'd like to take but he needs a GPS before he attempts them--and I agree, for all of us. Well, that sent me down the wormhole. Even the most expensive Garmin units seem to have some serious flaws and I'm trying to figure out how hikers use the devices. Do you upload maps from GAIA to a Garmin? Do you use only the GAIA app on your phone or tablet? If the latter, what about battery power? FWIW, I have an Android phone.
I have run a handful of marathons in the past and am currently in really shoddy physical condition and I think more than running, I'd really like to do more hiking. We want to stay safe and not get lost! Please help a beginner out.
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