Gaia GPS is filled with powerful capabilities to help you plan and navigate on your next adventure — some of which you may not even know about! From customizing your trip display to trimming your tracks, there are easy ways to dial in the app to best suit your needs. Check out these five tips and tricks to get the most out of the app.
Navigation is the one skill that every outdoor adventurer should know. Whether you are planning a multi-day backpacking trip or a complex overlanding excursion off the grid, taking the reins on your next adventure will help you feel safer and more confident in the backcountry. Read on to learn how and why you should be the one in your group to hold the map — even if it’s your first time.
No cell signal, no problem. Your smartphone still serves as an invaluable toolkit in the backcountry, from a go-to navigation device, to an alarm clock for alpine starts, to one centralized place to conveniently store guidebooks and maps. Check out the most essential and creative ways to use your cell phone in the outdoors, even when you’re far from service.
It’s a new moon! With the skies at their darkest, the stars sparkle a little brighter, the planets become more visible, and the Milky Way pops against the dark sky. Learn how to photograph the night sky with these five pro tips from landscape photographer Scott Sady of Tahoe Light. Plus, discover how to use Gaia GPS’s light pollution map to find the perfect location for your next midnight photo shoot.
Overlanding has taken the outdoor industry by storm, and for good reason — the goal is to get as far off the beaten path as possible. Get started by learning what an overlanding route looks like, the type of vehicle and equipment you’ll need, and tips for planning your first trip.
Now you can get official, up-to-date avalanche forecasts directly from the map on your phone. Simply pair the Avalanche Forecast layer with your favorite map to get the color-coded North American Avalanche Danger scale for your region. Whether you’re skiing couloirs or snowmobiling the back bowls, add this must-have feature to your avalanche safety toolkit. Read more about the Avalanche Forecast layer.
Join us in welcoming seven new members to the Gaia GPS team! This new addition includes members of the support, design, and engineering team. Get to know them and read about their wildest outdoor pursuits, their greatest professional accomplishments and the organizations they support.
Knowing how to read a topographic map is the foundation to any backcountry adventure. Through the use of contour lines, topo maps bring a 3-dimensional element to a 2-dimensional paper map. Visualize the rise and fall of the land, and “see” the depths of canyons, the location of boggy meadows, and the height and shape of a mountain. Learn how to read topo maps like a pro.
Battery drain stinks, and often hits the hardest at the most inconvenient times. Countless factors can threaten the life of your phone battery, like cold or blazing hot temperatures, or even how many apps you’ve recently used. Whether you’re out for a 3-night backpacking trip, casual day hike, or a few hours on the slopes, there’s no escaping the inevitable drain. Whatever your adventure looks like, these tricks will help you save the juice in your phone and keep Gaia GPS up and running longer.
It’s not too late to catch one of the most striking meteor showers of the year. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night, an opportunity to really wow a first-time camper, or a quiet night to yourself, the Perseids are not to be missed. Find the dark skies near you and catch the meteor shower with these tips.