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The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors
"If you’re a cartography nerd, Gaia is the app for you. Switch between satellite, USGS topo maps, cycling and road maps, National Park visitor maps—even century-old topos."
Business Insider (3/9/2017)
5 Must-have Apps For People Who Love The Outdoors
"Avid and amateur hikers alike would be wise to download this app before their next outing."
Outside Online (1/20/2017)
6 Apps That Make Skiing Better and Safer
"It tracks my distance and vert, but the app also allows me to download digital topo maps and set waypoints where the skiing is good or where I need to remember something like a slide path or terrain trap."
Gaia GPS Helps You Find Your Way Anywhere, Even Offline
"Hikers and travelers will love how this $20 app for iPhone and iPad makes it easy to download maps to your device."
Drone Lighting Brings Out the Desert’s Otherworldly Side
"Because cell service could be spotty at best, Wu dropped a pin in an app called Gaia GPS so he could return to the exact spot when dusk fell."
Survive Anything by Always Carrying These 13 Pieces of Gear
"GPS still works when the grid is down. Install Gaia GPS and download topographic or street maps for your area."
New York Times (5/24/2015)
Four Apps for Mapping Your Walking Routes
"Hikers, however, should check out Gaia GPS."
Science Friday (7/18/2014)
App Chats:Plugging In to The Outdoors
"You have to download the maps the night before...a couple of standard aps called Gaia GPS"
Wired Gear Recommendations (print only)
"Recommended items for summer camping"
Men's Health (3/25/2013)
Celebrity iPhones: Revealed!
"...and Gaia GPS for its topographical maps and routes."
Outside Online (3/1/2013)
What's the best mapping app?
"...getting topo maps into the phone is a bigger hassle than with Backcountry or Gaia."
Outside Online (7/1/2012)
The Best Outdoor Apps for the iPhone: Offline Topo Maps
"A very good alternate is Gaia GPS--Offline Topo Maps and GPS Tracker."
Mercury News (6/1/2012)
Apps for Hikers: Smartphones Find Their Place in the Great Outdoors
"I use Gaia GPS and like it the best."
USA Today (3/1/2012)
6 Essential iPhone Apps For Your Hike
"Gaia GPS is an app designed specifically for backcountry hikers who like to travel off the beaten path."
NY Times Blog (7/1/2011)
New Google Maps for Android Allows Offline Mapping
"Gaia GPS, available for both Android and iPhone, focuses on providing topographical maps to hikers."
Wired UK (5/1/2011)
Field Test: Motorola Xoom vs Apple iPad 2, 3,500 feet up in the Swiss Alps
"Gaia GPS proved the best app for both platforms..."
iPad as The Ultimate Navigation Tool
"On a recent cross-country trip he opted to use his iPad for trail and road navigation instead of a $300 handheld GPS device."
Adventure Alan (5/22/2017)
Huge Improvements to Next Gen Gaia GPS Hiking App
"It’s no mystery that Gaia GPS is the best hiking navigation App. But the Next Gen GAIA GPS Hiking App is vastly improved. The new maps are stunningly sharp and legible. It is much faster, and easier to use. And possibly the best feature of Next Gen GAIA GPS is the full line of National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps."
Adventure Journal (4/18/2017)
These Outdoor Apps Are Actually Worth Downloading
"An ideal tool for any backcountry traveler, Gaia GPS seamlessly blends utility—topographical maps that allow you to plan and track routes—with the ever-present desire to “claim it.”"
The Outbound (3/22/2017)
The Ultimate Gear Guide For Backcountry Hut Trips
"I use GaiaGPS for all my adventures and route planning. Using it on a trip this year allowed me to follow my planned path safely in a white-out up to Fowler-Hilliard Hut."
Fun and Easy Trekking with GAIA
"Of all the phone application options for trail and backcountry riders, the map app, GAIA GPS, has been the most referenced by horse riders I meet. They love it and use it religiously for their afternoon or weeklong adventures."
Best Outdoor Apps 2017
"Anyone planning a hike, ride, or trek should check out this useful app for its detailed maps and planning features."
The Modern Hiking Essentials
"Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and they generally have everything you need in them for a portable GPS device. Be sure to download offline maps that work without a data connection. I recommend the GAIA GPS app, it’s worked well for me."
How to use CalTopo & the Gaia GPS App to Plan your Backcountry Skiing Routes
"The Gaia GPS App is a game-changer. Now, you can have an app on your smart phone that works nearly 100 times better than any other GPS you’ve ever owned. The Gaia GPS App is $19.99 on Google Play and ITunes, but it’s worth every penny."
Hollywood Vine Group (1/23/2017)
Hiking in the Digital Age
"Gaia offers topo and satellite views that can be downloaded offline. My favorite part is creating a route on my account that I can then save onto my iPhone and put to work in the field."
National Forest Foundation (1/17/2017)
There's an App for That
"Added bonus, many of the apps track elevation gain and loss and a host of other useful metrics. My favorite is Gaia (iOS and Android, $20)."
The Splitboard Blog (12/19/2016)
GaiaPro - Maximize Your Days Splitboarding
"I find it’s an absolutely invaluable tool to use in the backcountry, from staying safe, exploring a new area, and to finding that little secret stash."
Shower Pouch (12/11/2016)
The General Do’s and Don’t For Your First Offroading Trip
"Gaia GPS integrates the best topo maps, offline navigation tools and planning features."
Doing Miles (12/7/2016)
Techniques- iPhone Apps
"Gaia GPS has emerged as hands-down the best general purpose map app for hikers. The app is mature and not buggy, and the customer support is top-notch."
Mark Smiley (11/25/2016)
Get Lost, Never Again
"This versatile knowledge will make route finding on your next adventure a piece of cake. "
Gaia GPS: Not Your Average Smart Phone GPS App
"If you are a map geek, just want a back up, or need a GPS and already have a phone, this $20 development proves to be well worth the money. "
Cloudbase Mayhem (11/22/2016)
Behind The Scenes- Preparing for Red Bull X-Alps
"Gaia’s excellent topographic maps now also include “snap to trail” features that come in really handy in Europe where there are trails everywhere."
Backcountry Access (11/20/2016)
Why to Use a GPS App (Like Gaia) While Backcountry Skiing
"If I am able, I always take a traditional map and compass as well as my phone with the Gaia application loaded into it. I love it when I can read the map and see on the Gaia application where I am and how close I am to my chosen route. "
Gear Junkie (10/11/2016)
Unexpected Gear Of Mountain Pro Andrew Skurka
"With an app like Gaia GPS, I give my smartphone the same functionality as a conventional GPS unit."
Manchester Evening News (8/20/2016)
Five apps to help you get the most from the great outdoors
"I’m not kidding when I say Gaia GPS might save your life one day. It works offline, so doesn’t mind how wild you get. It will get you home, whatever the weather."
5 Apps and Products Outdoor Enthusiasts Will Love
"Rated one of the top outdoor map apps by iTunes users, Gaia GPS helps explorers navigate remote parts of the world."
Cloudbase Mayhem (7/14/2016)
Pounding Gear- A look at what we carried in Alaska
"For mapping we decided on the POWERFUL Gaia GPS pro app, the only topographic mapping app I really trust and my go-to for everything I do in the backcountry (we’re even hopefully going to use this app for the next X-Alps!)"
Adventure Alan (7/11/2016)
Best Lightweight Backpacking Electronics Gear
"In almost every way a smartphone running GAIA is superior to traditional mapping GPS units such as the Garmin."
Adventure Alan (7/11/2016)
How to use the iPhone as a GPS mapping device for backpacking
"Newly updated for summer 2016."
Hiking GPS Zone (6/17/2016)
Hiking GPS for iPhone
"Gaia GPS is considered one of the best outdoor mapping apps in the Apple App Store and lauded in various publications because of its capability. "
The Complete Route Planning Guide: Out of the Ether
"As discussed in our Using a Smart Phone as a GPS feature, Gaia is one our favourite navigational apps. Those who use it can also access a web version that features all the same basemaps."
Gluecks Post (6/14/2016)
Apps For Wandering
"stellt dafür aber auch exaktes Kartenmaterial zur Verfügung, das auch ohne Internetverbindung nutzbar ist..."
Paste Magazine (6/10/2016)
The 10 Best Hiking Apps for iOS
"Gaia GPS offers an encyclopaedic style wealth of maps. That includes the best government topographical maps for the U.S. and Canada, as well as worldwide road, aerial and topographical maps."
Grind TV (6/2/2016)
These 10 Apps Will Enhance Your Hiking Life
"Gaia GPS’s government quality downloadable topographic, street and aerial maps of locations all over the globe and vectorized worldwide topographic map are indispensable to hardcore trekkers."
Overland Adventures (5/26/2016)
Our Navigation App of Choice – Gaia GPS
"Gaia GPS is one of the best applications for creating, following, importing, and exporting GPS tracks and waypoints, period."
Using Your Smartphone as a GPS Unit
"Did you know your smartphone is a powerful navigational tool, whether you have cell service or not? Download an app and the world is literally at your fingertips."
Base Medical (5/11/2016)
Guide's Pack: Mt. Shasta
"Gaia has become a tool I use on a regular basis. I see no need to carry a separate GPS unit anymore. It does everything my regular GPS device does and then some with a more user friendly interface."
Idaho Adventure Motorcycle Club (5/1/2016)
Gaia GPS and Off-road Motorcycling
"Gaia has many maps to choose from. You can review them while your device is online, then touch a button to download any you want for offline use on your ride. "
Billings Gazette (4/8/2016)
Old Navigation Technology Needs Updating
"Easy-to-use apps, such as Gaia GPS, combined with worldwide free maps, really seal the deal."
Here Are Apps That Can Improve Your Outdoor Adventure
"The Gaia GPS app ($19.99) was recommended by hikers who wanted the option of using maps offline, one of its biggest selling points. This trail app offers a variety of map views, including topographical, city street, hiking and river maps."
Expert Vagabond (2/29/2016)
How To Use Your iPhone GPS For Hiking In The Wilderness
"Why spend hundreds of dollars on a dedicated GPS device for hiking when you can get the same functionality with a $20 app for your smartphone?"
Mazama Magazine (2/26/2016)
Gaia App: Viable GPS Replacement?
"Most climbers already carry their phone. Why not add one more navigation tool that only costs $20, doesn’t weigh anything, takes maybe 30 minutes to learn, and might just really save the day sometime?"
The Mountaineers (1/4/2016)
How To: Pick an Altimeter
"Add Gaia GPS for $20 and have a world-class navigation tool in your pocket."
Enlightened Equipment (12/8/2015)
Product Spotlight: Gaia GPS
"The typical handheld GPS unit suffers some notable drawbacks... The folks over at Gaia have worked to bypass these annoyances by creating a great app for your iOS or Android device"
Bikepacking Gift Guide
"Turn your smartphone into a navigational wizard. We can’t live without this Gaia, which allows us to download maps and navigate offline."
Blue Ridge Outdoors (10/30/2015)
Peak Gear Awards
"This universal GPS app has become one of the best and most widely trusted maps for iOS"
Oakland Magazine (6/1/2015)
Gais GPS, AllTrails, MapMyHike and Other Apps Make Navigating Easier
"So when you’re out in the wild with no phone service, you can still stay on track."
What's You're Verse
"Ballinger and Harrington use iPad and the Gaia GPS app to plan, navigate and chronicle their ascent. Ballinger and Harrington use Gaia GPS on their iPad to find the exact true summit point and to drop a geotagged pin for the world to see."
Gaia GPS App (Gear of the Year 2013)
"I also often toggle between topo maps and aerial photos. It’s quick and easy to pull up your trip distance, ascent info, speed and altitude profiles, average moving speed and more."
Turn Your Mobile Into a Scientific Tricorder with These Real-Life Apps
"...so you can see where you've been if you're on a trek, for example"
Vermont Overland (2/4/2013)
Vermont Overland Trophy
"The Gaia GPS app will enable the drivers to download road and topo maps in order to “breadcrumb” their route. Each driver’s Gaia track will be checked for completion by Vermont Overland staff each night."
Adventure Nomad (2/1/2013)
MotionX GPS vs Gaia GPS
"For adventure and travel, I'd go with Gaia GPS. The additional maps on Gaia GPS gives users a lot more versatility and accuracy; plus the ease and speed of map downloads over MotionX wins me over. "
Adventure Rider (6/1/2012)
Riding - Layin' Down Tracks
"I often have my 4g iPad with me with offline maps via Gaia GPS. This works as an emergency backup GPS and also a high resolution screen."
NW Hikers (5/1/2012)
GPS Topo Phone App?
"Another happy Gaia GPS user here. Just got back from a week in Utah and used the app pretty extensively."
Ultimate Trekker (4/1/2012)
iPhone Hiking GPS Review - Gaia GPS
"This app is great for taking with you on a hike where you know there will be good service."
Backpacking Light (4/1/2012)
Gear - iPhone 4S GPS App?
"Gaia GPS is so good…that I sold my dedicated GPS."
Hazard Stats (3/1/2012)
"On the way out I turned on the iphone app Gaia GPS. New favorite app."
White Blaze (3/1/2012)
Android Map Apps
"I really like Gaia GPS for my iPhone."
XDA Developers (3/1/2012)
Best Offline GPS App for Hiking?
"I've used Gaia GPS several times in the past hiking around the Rockies and it's been great."
Technically Personal (3/1/2012)
Top 9 Android Map Apps
"The built-in GPS is a great addition and it makes Gaia GPS a great wilderness navigator. "
Can-AM Forum (2/1/2012)
GPS for Trails... What do you use?
"I use Gaia GPS on a 7" HTC Evo View and it is excellent. "
The National (1/1/2012)
Travel Essentials: iPhone GPS apps
"This app has most of the functions you would expect from a traditional GPS unit."
iPhone Life Magazine (1/1/2012)
Top 5 Biking Apps
"Gaia GPS is a must-have application that any iOS (or Android)-toting bicycling enthusiast needs to bring along for the ride."
Cult of Mac (10/1/2011)
Extreme Sleeve Makes Your iPad Bombproof. Maybe Literally.
"I had loaded topo maps onto the stellar Gaia GPS app"
ReadyMade Magazine (8/1/2011)
Surviving the Unwired Wild: 6 Mobile Offline Apps Make a Smart Phone an Essential Part of a Camper's Tool Kit
"...this app is the most expensive on the list, but it is a small price to pay if you are lost in the woods without cell reception."
Adventure Alan (7/1/2011)
How to use the iPhone 4 as a GPS mapping device for backpacking
"Gaia worked flawlessly, and the OpenStreetMap map content was far superior to our paper maps."
WeightWatchers Magazine (7/1/2011)
Smartphone Apps for the Great Outdoors
"Best backcountry GPS"
ReadyMade Magazine (7/1/2011)
Selected Works: The Living´s Easy
"If you're jonesing for adventure, try TrailBehind."
Forum post - Need a smart phone GPS app
"I tried several and Gaia is the most user-friendly."
FOX TappedIn (10/1/2010)
Tapped-In: Gaia GPS for the iPhone
"Gaia GPS can get you where you want to go, no matter where you are."
Forum post - Solid iPhone GPS App
"You can save your tracks, save your maps, save your gpx's, etc. It's pretty freaking cool."
Haiti: OSM and Sat Imagery for Free iPhone App
"Jeffrey Johnson worked with a small company, TrailBehind, Inc., to adapt the company's existing offline mapping app, Gaia GPS, to provide offline maps to relief workers."
Gaia GPS in Review - Finding adventures
"... it clearly beats out other apps which only have a small set of the functionality ..."
A Secret Hiking Trail With a View of Area 51
"If you love to hike and want to catch a glimpse of the elusive Area 51 with your binoculars, then you'll want to follow the trails people have posted on new hike-sharing site TrailBehind."
CNN Money (10/1/2010)
I started a business in paradise!
"Andrew Johnson was living in San Francisco working at a startup, and his fiancee, Anna Hentzel, was at Google, when they had an idea for a website that would help people find great places to hike. So they quit their jobs to start it."
CMU Today (4/1/2010)
Andrew Johnson and Anna Hentzel
"Combining their backgrounds in business, programming, and Web development, they have created a company for outdoor adventurers like themselves."
CMU Tartan (11/1/2008)
Facebook gives CMU hikers $25,000
"Johnson and Hentzel are both avid hikers with computer programming backgrounds."
Modern Day Cartography
"TrailBehind is working to create complete - and free - maps of wilderness areas by aggregating existing Internet data with new trail information uploaded from site users."
Gaia GPS, l’app per non perdersi nei boschi
"La cartografia scarseggia nei boschi, luoghi desertici e in alcune zone del mondo. Come fare in questi casi? Esistono dei servizi nati ad hoc per chi ama fare escursioni e gite fuori porta. Gaia GPS è uno di questi."
Gaia GPS, il tool su smartphone per viaggi e trekking in aree selvagge
"Gaia GPS è un tool molto completo e professionale, disponibile per iOS e Android, ma fruibile anche su PC e Mac da browser, che permette di pianificare viaggi e facilitare l’esplorazione di terre selvagge."
Skipper, new app for iOS
"...perhaps the most internet-savvy of the serious chart-plotting apps."
The Triton (5/1/2012)
App helps avoid right whales
"A new iPad and iPhone application helps to warn mariners of locations of endangered North Atlantic right whales in an effort to avoid collisions."
New App Could Help Save Endangered Whales
"This technology is allowing right whales to use their own voices to let people know where they are."
Barnstable-Hyannis Patch (4/1/2012)
Made on Cape Cod: Whale Alert iPad App
"After years of planning and research, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is using mobile technology to protect whales."
Roll Call (4/1/2012)
Ramage: Saving the Whales? There's an App for That
" The Whale Alert app is a runaway hit; not just for mariners but for concerned citizens from Cape Cod to California who want to learn more about whales and how we can all help protect them."
Save the whales? There's an app for that
"A new iPhone app is making waves in the commercial shipping world by providing an early warning system that aims to reduce maritime collisions with endangered whales."
X-Ray Mag (4/1/2012)
App lets you track whales of the US East Coast
"The new application absorbs scientific data on whales as they traverse the offshore waters and plots their general location on an easy-to-read nautical map."
Global Animal (4/1/2012)
An App To Avoid Whale Traffic
"There's an app for pretty much everything, and now you can add saving endangered whales to the list!"
US Harbors (4/1/2012)
Avoiding Whale Strikes? There's an App For That
"Whale Alert is a slick new app for iPhone and iPad that records right whale sightings and triggers all sorts of alerts on your mobile device."
The World (4/1/2012)
Whale Alert: A New Smart App to Save Endangered Whales
"We've now created a device that makes it very easy for mariners to let them know of all the different things that are required of them to promote right whale conservation."
Sail Magazine (4/1/2012)
Whales Go Digital: New Whale Alert iPad App
"The product is a reflection of how important collaboration and technology are to real progress. "
Whaling Museum (4/1/2012)
"Whale Alert" app Available to Mariners
"This is a clever, well-thought method to protect a species with a population number hovering between 450-500 individuals."
Taipei Times (4/1/2012)
App designed to save right whales from ship collisions
"Whale Alert aims to make it easier for navigators to be aware of the various whale restrictions."
Red Orbit (4/1/2012)
NOAA Releases Whale-Locating App for iPhone and iPad
"Piloting a ship and trying to avoid colliding with a group of endangered whales? There's an app for that."
Belfast Telegraph (4/1/2012)
Mariners' app 'can save the whale'
"The Whale Alert app takes information from underwater microphones to locate the whales in real time, which helps ships in New England waters avoid the species' estimated 550 remaining whales."
Whale Alert, an App With a Mission
"It's not just that this app might actually save the lives of some rare right whales--which would be wonderful--but it also demonstrates how mobile devices can be a critical integration tool between mariners and various governmental and nonprofit agencies."
Fox News (4/1/2012)
App aims to spare whales from ships in Atlantic
"If you don't want [Whale Alert], you've got problems...No one on a ship wants to hit anything in the water, whale or otherwise.'"
iPad app helps mariners save endangered right whales
"Rick Nolan, the owner of Boston Harbor Cruises, which runs whale watching trips, had an iPad installed on one of his boats three weeks ago. 'It's terrific real time information relative to where the whales are in the area.'"
Huffington Post (4/1/2012)
Saving Whales: Now There's an App for That
"This new technology will not only save mariners time and hassle, it will save right whales lives. The positive implications for marine mammal conservation are huge."
The Bost Channel - WCVB (4/1/2012)
New App Helps Boaters Avoid Endangered Whales
"Whale Alert represents an innovative collaboration to protect this critically endangered species."
International Business Times (4/1/2012)
New iPhone App: Mariners Can Get Whale Alerts Now
"The latest Whale Alert app is designed to reduce the probability of ships colliding with the endangered right whales which can kill them."
Save the Whales! New App Helps Ships Avoid Endangered Whales
"While we all love a good whale-sighting now and then, sometimes, those whales need their privacy, too, especially when they're on the verge of extinction."
The Boston Globe (4/1/2012)
App keeps whales, ships safely apart
"The app is 'about connecting whales and ship captains.'"
ABC 7 News (4/1/2012)
New iPad app will help mariners avert right whale collisions
"One features links near real-time acoustic buoys that listen for right whale calls to the mobile devices."
Endangered Right Whale Protection Goes High-Tech
"Efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whale have gone high-tech with the creation of an iPad/iPhone application"
New iOS App Helps Ship Captains Avoid Whale Collisions
"Whale Alerts, a new iOS app released today, is designed to help mariners avoid collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales by displaying whale locations on a real-time, digital map. "
Saving the whales? Now there's an app for that, too.
"An interesting new iOS app launched today called Whale Alert."
Environmental Monitor (4/1/2012)
Whale Alert app helps save the right whale
"Boaters in the Atlantic Ocean can trade in their binoculars for an iPhone: a new app can show them where endangered right whales could be located--areas to avoid."
New iPad app could help save endangered whales at sea
"You might not think that an iPad could help save whales, but that's just what an app released today is designed to do. "
Chronicle Online (4/1/2012)
New app signals that endangered whales are nearby
"A whale of an app is about to make a splash on iPhones and iPads, providing a hand-held tool for those who need to know if right whales are swimming through their shipping lanes and what to do in such an event."
National Geographic (4/1/2012)
Weird & Wild: New App Tacks Rare Whales With iPhone and iPad
"Talk about the call of the wild--you can now track rare North Atlantic right whales with a new iPhone and iPad app."
Boating Local (4/1/2012)
New Right Whale Alert App to be Unveiled
"The app is being offered free to the public to enhance conservation of critically endangered whales along the East Coast using today's web and mobile communications technologies."
Cape Cod Times (4/1/2012)
New app helps mariners steer clear of whales
"The app allows mariners in the Boston area, specifically, to obtain nearly real-time information about unexpected congregations of right whales outside the seasonal management areas. "
Ocean Navigator (1/1/2012)
"Whale Alert makes participation in right whale conservation easy for the maritime community by providing depictions of active right whale management and required reporting areas. "
The Independent (8/1/2011)
The apps agenda: Burning Man, IFA
"The Burning Man festival is an experiment in temporary community dedicated to self-expression and participation."
EFB For iPad: Will Your Pilot Be Using This In 2012?
"...it's an actual tool for pilots that could easily be used by commercial airlines in the next couple years"
Fast Company (8/1/2010)
Burning Man Gets Its Own iPhone App
"Now there's no way you'll miss the nuclear-powered vodka party at the Siberian Electric Company camp!"
What Spaced-Out Burning Man Revelers All Need: an iPhone App
"While I've never done the dropped-acid-and-burnt-wicker-men-alive thing..."