GPS/Map suggestions for beginning hikers?

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    Karsten Van Alderwerelt

    Hey @amadariaga101197,

    With Gaia GPS, you do not need a separate hardware unit, such as a Garmin device, to view your maps.  Your phone acts as the GPS unit. 

    The app allows you to download maps of your travel area in advance since you won't be able to retrieve map data from the server without an internet connection.

    You will be able to follow your location on a pre-downloaded map as long as your phone has a GPS chip.

    You can use Gaia GPS on the web, on your phone, and on your tablet.  Your Gaia GPS account will sync across all your devices to keep your maps, routes, and tracks up to date.

    Download the app by following this link on your phone:


    Here's some information to get you started:


    And since you mentioned it, you can learn more about battery life on Android devices here:


    I have applied a free 1-month trial of our Premium Membership to your account so you can try out downloading maps.

    If you have any other questions, please contact Support here.

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