OK … I’ve downloaded Gaia GPS

Apps and maps.

Viewranger offers no coverage for Chile and Argentina. Sounds like Gaia GPS is best for those nations.

I can download Patagonian maps and use them offline on the trail.

sample Gaia map

Gaia GPS is free to try for a week. Subscription membership costs $19.99/year while a Premium Membership is $39.99/year.

I joined the lower tier plan hoping the additional maps would help in South America. For Aconcagua Park, Argentina, for example, none of the layers are much good aside from Satellite with Labels. You can see the trails clearly beside water sources, tents, etc.

I’ll try it when I get there in a week or so.

Gaia claims to be superior to AllTrails in most regards, as well. And less expensive.



OK … I’ve downloaded Viewranger

Apps and maps. For the first time I’m going to try navigating with them on the trail.

First download was Viewranger. It’s free for basics. You pay to download specialty maps.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Unfortunately their shop offers none for Chile nor Argentina.

I’m really keen on augmented reality showing me peaks, towns, lakes, cliffs, ridgelines, mountain passes, and even glaciers up to 20 miles away. That’s the Skyline feature available from within ViewRanger.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

It works with my Apple Watch too, though I may never use that feature.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Alastair Humphreys on YouTube.

LetsWalk can improve your hiking and fitness goals

Guest post by Javier Vega:

Here’s an iOS application specially design for tracking walks and hikes.

LetsWalk allows you to track your daily steps, count calories and record your hikes. It also has social features so you share your hikes with friends and review other people’s hikes. It is very similar to having a Fitbit but it is free and and works directly with your phone.

Currently, LetsWalk has over 50k users from all around the world, and they are growing very rapidly. They plan to add features to create hiking groups, to share hiking experiences, to read hiking blogs within the app and to add a web portal.

We would like you to invite you to try out LetsWalk by visiting this link: