Gaia GPS & China’s GPS Restrictions

The Chinese version of Google Maps shows the monument in the correct location on both the imagery and the street map when a user searches for its GCJ-02 coordinates. Credit: Google Inc.

In the interest of national security, the Chinese government strictly controls geographic data, and deliberately skews maps of the country to protect sensitive buildings and facilities. These restrictions cause offsets in the data when using GPS navigation or digital maps, but the OpenStreetMap (OSM) based maps in Gaia GPS don’t have this problem, and this… Read More »

New Year’s Web Update – Mass File, Delete, and Sync

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Kicking off our web updates for 2016, we shipped a redesign for your data lists on gaiagps.com. You can now mass-select a bunch of items in your saved tracks, waypoints, and other lists and do things like file the selection in folders, toggle the sync status, or delete items. Also look out for the minor… Read More »

How to Read a USGS Topo Map

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Classic 7.5 minute USGS topographic map for Manitou Springs, Colorado, 1961. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey. We recently covered the basics of topographic maps, including how to read contour lines, and how to use the maps to plan your next outing. In this post, we’ll go into more detail about U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topo maps.… Read More »

How to Read OpenStreetMap Based Topo Maps

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While we’ve covered how to read a topo map and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps in particular, OpenStreetMap-based topos are increasingly popular resources that merit their own post. In this post you will learn how to read OpenStreetMap-based topo map. The OpenStreetMap (OSM) project leverages the knowledge of millions of people around the globe to… Read More »

Gifting Gaia GPS

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Give the gift of Gaia GPS, and share your love for the outdoors with family and friends. Gift the Gaia GPS app through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store by following these instructions: Gaia GPS for iOS Gaia GPS for Android Countless different types of adventurers use Gaia GPS—from hikers, hunters, trail runners,… Read More »

Gaia GPS vs AllTrails

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This article makes it easy to understand Gaia GPS vs AllTrails. Check out a detailed feature comparison, along with a breakdown of app vs app, website vs website, and subscription vs subscription. In summary, Gaia GPS shines for people who go into the backcountry. Gaia GPS has better maps, features, and reviews, and offers core… Read More »

Free GaiaPro with Enlightened Equipment Ultralight Backpacking Quilt

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Gaia GPS has partnered with Enlightened Equipment to offer an awesome deal through the rest of the holiday season. From now until Dec 31st, get a FREE year of GaiaPro with the purchase of any ultralight backpacking quilt from Enlightened Equipment. Enlightened Equipment offers ultralight sleeping bags and other outdoor gear—shaving sometimes pounds from your… Read More »

Free GPS Tools for Volunteer Emergency Responders

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Volunteer Emergency Responders, please contact us for a free copy of Gaia GPS + GaiaPro subscription. Through this pilot program, we hope to get Gaia GPS out to more places it can help. Over the years, people like wildland firefighters, search and rescue personnel, and aid workers at disaster sites (like the Haitian Earthquake) have adopted… Read More »