Category Archives: How-To

Use Snap-to-Trail with Gaia GPS v10.9 for iOS

Gaia GPS version 10.9 for iOS, now available in the App Store. Make snap-to-trail routes from your device, and download maps along the way with an entirely redesigned routing UI. Click here for a full list of 10.9 updates and fixes. Similar to the Snap-to-Trail feature on gaiagps.com, toggle between Hiking, Cycling, Driving and Straight… Read More »

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

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

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

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

Give the gift of Gaia GPS, and share your love for the outdoors with family and friends. Click the link below to give a Gaia GPS Membership, Premium Membership, or a 5 year membership. https://www.gaiagps.com/user/gift/ Gaia GPS Membership includes access to more than 57 unique map sources along with unlimited offline map downloads for navigating… Read More »

How to Read a Topo Map

Topo maps use concentric “contour lines” to show elevation changes, and help people navigate mountains and wilderness areas. The denser the contour lines appear, the steeper the terrain. Topographic maps also tend to show a wealth of natural information, like markings for trails, springs, forests, and swamps, though they tend to include roads as well.… Read More »

Use Gaia GPS in Airplane Mode in iOS 8.3+

In the latest versions of iOS (8.3+), Apple will now allow GPS to function in Airplane Mode. This means you can save battery life in Gaia GPS, by turning on Airplane Mode on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Note that Gaia GPS also provides an internal “Offline Mode,” which you may prefer. Offline Mode saves less battery,… Read More »