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        12-26-2012, 01:48 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Lol I have a good sense of direction and can get back on track in less than an hour of realizing we're lost (unless we were real simple and didnt realize for a WHILE, lol).
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        12-26-2012, 02:43 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I've used Endomundo which works well so far. Tracks time, distance, speed and maps route. I've also got AllSport. Haven't really tried that out yet.

    Some phones have an internal GPS and can work without a good cell signal.
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        12-26-2012, 06:17 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Map My Ride

    I've been using Endomondo to track miles for over a year, and recently started also using EveryTrail for the map making and picture/notes inserting capabilities. I noted a discrepancy between the programs in how many miles it was recording. I ran an experiment a couple times, using 5 different GPS sports apps simultaneously recording a ride. Map My Ride came out on top by a small amount over EveryTrail and two others. Endomondo came in dead last, by a lot.

    I've been loosing over 10% on my miles with Endomondo. Apparently it doesn't run the GPS as frequently, and therefore cuts off turns more than other apps. This might mean it uses less battery, I am not sure. I have a Droid Razr Maxx, and it has great battery life, so it hasn't been an issue.

    On straight line rides, all three are more similar. However, the more twisty turny the trail, the more miles shorter Endomondo records.

    I'm disappointed knowing that the miles I logged in 2012 is actually quite short of what I actually rode.

    I'm switching to Map My Ride for 2013.
    (FYI, it also has picture inserting capabilities similar to EveryTrail)
         
        12-26-2012, 10:27 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Even with the Battery hog GPS. Most cell phones will run for the 6-8 hours of trail ride. Get back in your truck and plug them in. Or if you are camping, I just recharge them off of one of the many ways that are becoming available.

    The smart battery packs that will recharge you iPhone 3 times only run $30. They weigh a few ounces and easily slip into a pack. Or the newer portable solar personal chargers or even this new Powerpot, That converts heat into electricity while you cook your dinner.
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        12-26-2012, 01:10 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Wow that Powerpot is so cool.... I would probably stick to solar , but what a great 2nd option !
         
        12-26-2012, 03:47 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    On my smart phone, a Motorola something-or-other, I can select between true gps (a couple different aps) and Google Maps. Google maps runs off of the cell service, so it only works when there is service, and it is only approximate as to location, so that type of ap does not work well for trail rides.

    The GPS aps are, in fact, true GPS and get their info from satellites. As has been said, deep canyons, and sometimes even heavy cloud cover, will occasionally block the signal, but it will immediately update as soon as it gets a clear shot.

    As for battery life, different phones are different in that regard. Some phones will run the battery dead while using GPS even when it's plugged in if other services are also being used! To maximize your battery life, make sure you turn off services like bluetooth, wireless, and 4G while you are on your ride. You have to remember to turn them back on, though, when you're done. You can also buy accessory battery packs now, that plug into your phone's port and will add several hours to your phone's battery life.

    I've been thinking that one of those GPS units used by joggers and bicyclists would be just the thing. You strap it on your arm (or maybe on a pack horse) and it records mileage, speed, maps, etc. Batteries last longer than on a phone. Anybody know if there's one optimized for horse trail riding yet?

    I'm going to look into that cooking pot charger thingie! Thanks for posting that PaintedHorse!
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        12-26-2012, 04:57 PM
      #17
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Pattilou that is funny!!!! I have a fairly good sense of direction on roads but not as good in the woods. Biscuit, on the other hand, knows where the trailer is. He and I have had a few intense discussions when he wanted to go one way and I said to go another. I knew it was not in the direction of the trailer - we weren't through with the ride! LOL We call Biscuit "The Navigator". He is something else! Love that horse!
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        12-26-2012, 05:01 PM
      #18
    QOS
    Green Broke
    I wish Garmin would come up with one for trail riding. I think we want different information that some other sports.

    I want time I started, time I ended, speed, average speed, elevations, miles, track back. Ability to see a former trail and follow that one. Waypoints of course, compass, clock, hhahahahahahahahaha I need to take a Garmin person with me. I know that most Garmins will do alot of what I just said - but I would like a few tweaks to make it specific for horseback trail riding. Wouldn't hurt my feelings to have something to mount it to my saddle. Ok ...that is a total geek mode right there!
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        12-26-2012, 05:06 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Horses do have a good natural gps built in. Even in unfamiliar areas, they know where to go.

    We rode to town once, about 3 1/2 miles away, and wanted to see if they could find their way home. All we had to do was control their speed or they would have run all the way back. They followed the road perfectly making the correct turns. They didn't try to cut through the fields either. Now we know we have personal designated drivers if we have a little too much at the bar, haha.
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        12-26-2012, 05:25 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    I wish Garmin would come up with one for trail riding. I think we want different information that some other sports.

    I want time I started, time I ended, speed, average speed, elevations, miles, track back. Ability to see a former trail and follow that one. Waypoints of course, compass, clock, hhahahahahahahahaha I need to take a Garmin person with me. I know that most Garmins will do alot of what I just said - but I would like a few tweaks to make it specific for horseback trail riding. Wouldn't hurt my feelings to have something to mount it to my saddle. Ok ...that is a total geek mode right there!
    What tweeks in-particular? Almost all of that can already be done....there are several mounting options......I just tie mine on the my pommel bag and the other GPS to my wife's saddle bags. I always have paper maps and compass when in the wilderness too.

    You need to come ride with us.....we could share notes and knowledge with each other....consider yourself invited!
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