Author Archives: Andrew Johnson

About Andrew Johnson

Andrew founded Gaia GPS. He writes code and manages the business.

iPhone vs. Garmin GPS

For nearly every purpose, people will find an iPhone or Android performs better than a Garmin or other outdoor GPS unit. We believe Gaia GPS is the best app to use your smartphone as an outdoor GPS, but there are dozens of other apps you will likely find preferable to a Garmin, as well. Both… Read More »

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip

I think the first step to planning a trip is figuring out what trail to use, then download a data file for that trail, then do the rest. Using a data file, it becomes really easy to plan a trip. Overall, my method is: Find a Trail (and Download the Trail Data) Plan the Drive… Read More »

Gaia Founders Married, 3 Years Ago Today

Anna and I co-founded Gaia GPS, eventually got married, and we’ve been married for 3 years today. You hear from me the most as spokesperson for the company, but Anna has always been the technical brains of the operation. I might never have gone backpacking if not for Anna, and I certainly wouldn’t have founded Gaia… Read More »

Canada Topos in French

In addition to the English versions of the NRCan topos, you can now access French language versions of the maps, too. As with other external map sources, add the French topos to the app by going to the main Map Layers menu, and tap the plus (“+”) button. Scroll down a bit, and tap the “Add”… Read More »