IHIKEGPS app... for Iphone. With this, throw away the GPS!

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by HighTechCoonass, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    A friend told me about this app. they use it in for jeeping
    http://www.ihikegps.com/
    along with the below for routes...
    http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php.

    Download routes and the tap the screen for FREE topo and forestry service maps! Fantastic. Pre-down load the route and the topo maps before you leave home if you are going to a location that has no cell service. The App requires no cell service to run. I have used if for the Colorado, Utah, and the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route trails. ( I have no affiliation with the developers or company).

    It does not give one turn by turn directions... All one needs to do is keep the blue dot (yourself) on the purple lined route on the topo map.
    My Rating....
    Ease of use for acquiring free maps - 5 stars
    Menu navigation - 4.5 stars
    importing routes - 4 stars
    Tracking -4.5 stars

    More to come....

    http://www.ihikegps.com/

    instructions on how it works...
    http://www.ihikegps.com/appInstructions.html


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  2. Tony Brown

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    Appears to be USA and Canada only...........
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  3. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    New Zealand too Tony. You may want to move!:D HAHA...
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  4. 066logger

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    This looks like a slick way to go! One less thing to break or batteries die on. I'm hoping to do my first adventure trip this fall, Missouri to Washington on an xr650r preferably all off road if possible. Does anyone have a better way to do this?
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  5. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I run the Ihikegps app for offroading and to get a quick grap of topo when i have cell service. I also use Garmin app for road travel - unlike all of the other road apps the garmin app does not need cell service.

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  6. scootertrog

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    There are a lot of road map apps that do not require cell service.
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  7. DaMonk45

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    most of the other apps are as good if not better.
    All depends on who you ask
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    I see, there are so many options within these apps and so many apps to go through its wearing me out trying to find one I think I will like.... I guess I need to just get one and go with it.
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    I phone? get 3 apps. Garmin, IHIKEGPS, and Motion X. You will need nothing more...
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  10. Lost-n-Lovin-It

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm not a computer guy.

    Are you saying you actually use your phone as a GPS even when you are way in the back country where their is no cell service? Or do you just look at the saved maps?

    Can't wrap my brain around how a cell phone could tell me where I am without service of some kind.
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  11. ohgood

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    this is a cellular antenna_____________




    this is just a gap


    this is a gps antenna_______________

    those lines represent two different antennas, that work independently of each other. kind of like how a cb antenna can receive and transmit, but a television can only receive (early televisions, not today's sets,).

    maps are free to download, a country at a time. openstreetmap it's a fairly big project that covers the entire planet. for free.

    I've been using smartphones offline, in the woods, as a gps, for years.
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  12. DRONE

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    Yes. That's what this thread is about--using your iPhone way out in the backcountry with no cell service and of course no wifi as a GPS. In other words, how to cut the cord from Garmin, Magellan, DeLorme and other GPS manufacturers. Your iPhone can do this as long as it has a GPS chip and enough memory to store maps (which you have to download beforehand and store internally.) The OP is saying he like the ihikegps app. Coonass is saying he likes MotionX, ihikegps, and Garmin. When he says Garmin, he means the Garmin GPS app for iPhones which is called Navigon. I'm currently using one called Co-Pilot, but may eventually have to buy Navigon. There are also similar Android apps for GPS-chipped Android phones. Start searching this sub-forum and you'll learn all kinds of stuff!
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    Thanks for all the help. I was recently forced by my family to give up my old "dumb phone" and given an iPhone 6. It's taking me a while to get up to speed on all the stuff this thing can do.

    I got the ihikegps app, and am very impressed. Easy enough for a guy like me to figure it out. I even downloaded the Wa BCDR on it! So far it seems like a great app.

    Cheers.
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  14. TheBigH

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    Are you using any of these apps specifically to load in other peoples GPX files and following them? Do they offer turn by turn or just watch the route as you go? I used PDF maps out west and that was ok, but I'd like to find a good way to load in other people's routes, and I just started my research. I have to believe I don't need to spend another $200 on a gps when I have a $500 phone.
    - Thanks
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    email the gpx file to yourself. Your I phone will ask you "do you want to open the attachment file with Ihikegps"? say "Yes". It will save the route in your route list in the App.
    now.... Select the route to view on map.
    ............double tap the route to down load the topo and forestry service maps.


    Lets us know how it works for you.


    Do they offer turn by turn or just watch the route as you go? NO TURN BY TURN,,,, just watch the route as you go along.




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  16. DRONE

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    I haven't loaded any GPX files yet. I just bought my mini two weeks ago and got a bunch of other things going on right now so haven't spent much time yet traveling up the learning curve.
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    I'm thinking maybe I should've bought the bigger capacity iPhone 6 plus. How much storage is needed for maps? Gimme a couple examples...USA
    I'm liking this thread.
    Oh, and I'm pavement only, if that matters.
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  18. DRONE

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    For Co-Pilot USA & Canada, with offline maps for both countries, my mini is saying it's using 2.6 Gb.
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    Cool....I've got about 5 gb available.
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  20. TheBigH

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    Thanks for the info. I did a little more research on the pdf maps app, and I found a good way to download the USGS and Forrest Service maps and import into that app. Then I can group the maps, and add other's gpx tracks, but have to be converted first, takes an extra 30s to do, but is completely free. The Ihikegps looks like it does the same thing but $10 and no file conversion needed for gpx tracks, which is handy. On the Ihikegps website it talked about areas not available listed per state, but I think you could still import those if you found them on the gov website? Anything else about the Ihikegps that you find worth the $10? I know it's splitting hairs on cost, but just curious what you've found good about it.

    Thanks,
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