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Tue 14 May, 2019 12:28 pm
Any thoughts on which of Gaia, View Ranger or some other iPhone app is best for hiking in Europe? I don't mind paying for maps if they are worthwhile but the important thing is that I can use the maps without cell phone/data connection. I have View Ranger on my phone and used it in the UK - I haven't used Gaia and its web site is very USA centric. Thanks WT
Tue 14 May, 2019 6:39 pm
I've used Pocket Earth in the US, Europe and Asia.
You need the pro version to get downloadable maps. And a little more again for topographic maps.
Once downloaded, it works happily in aeroplane mode (the GPS still works) thereby saving your battery.
Note that no-one else on this forum seems to use Pocket Earth. Read into that what you will!
Tue 14 May, 2019 6:45 pm
I've used both Pocket Earth and Viewranger, and have recommended both on this forum in previous threads.
They both work well enough that I can't justify the premium price for Gaia.
I agree that Viewranger would probably be the best choice for Europe.
The Maps 3D app is also very good.
Tue 14 May, 2019 8:41 pm
I use https://osmand.net/
but on an ipad
You can purchase contours and hillshade for specific areas. There is also a subscription service with regular updates from OSM. All pretty cheap plus you can add to the maps via Open Street Map if something is missing!
Tue 14 May, 2019 11:20 pm
I use MapOut: https://www.mapout.app/
It works offline and has overlays for cycling and hiking.
You can import GPX routes and it also has inbuilt routing functions which can be exported as a GPX (e.g. to download into a Garmin device).
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