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Old 26.08.2019, 17:39
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Re: Hiking Apps (GPS based navigation online/offline)

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Normally if there's a split in a walk with yellow signs going in two directions, there will also be names of destinations shown too.
If there is split, there will be a separating line on the sign post.
https://www.wandern.ch/de/signalisation

«Place holder for English translation/Explantaion»


All the science behind it is explained in Handbuch «Signalisation Wanderwege»
https://www.wandern.ch/de/wanderwegm...ermerkblaetter
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Old 26.08.2019, 19:28
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If there is split, there will be a separating line on the sign post.
https://www.wandern.ch/de/signalisation
I think you meant to write: If there is a split later, there will be a separating line on the sign post.
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Re: Hiking Apps (GPS based navigation online/offline)

I have been using an app called Komoot for about a year now. You can plan your own route or follow an existing one provided by the community. What I like about it is that you can add your own starting and ending point. So I usually start at a train station for example as I don't drive.


You can plan the route on their web site (https://www.komoot.com) under "Route Planner" and then "send it" to the app on your phone and it tells you turn by turn which way to go.


I tried a few others (ViewRanger, etc) and I know I wrote about that on another thread somewhere. For me the ease of planning on a web site, seeing others photos, and then having the route on my phone was exactly what I needed. You can see gradient, estimated time, community photos, highlights etc.



It all works for free but I was happy to pay €4 for offline maps for Switzerland for example... You can see one of my example hiles from last year here: https://www.komoot.com/tour/45534810


I add photos and the app automatically figures out where on the route they are from and you can also see a detailed map of the route. It's easy ... and if you do choose to give it a try let me know if you get stuck on using it. I have no affiliation with the developers ... just a happy user.
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Re: Hiking Apps (GPS based navigation online/offline)

I use wandermap.net for most of my mountain planning - you can create your own route by pinpointing milestones, and ultimately also download gpx file, for your GPS watch or such.
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Re: Hiking Apps (GPS based navigation online/offline)

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Answering my own question:
So thanks all for the advice. In the end I have plumped for ViewRanger.

There are many sites around (e.g. http://wegwandern.ch) where you can view hikes others have done and it is really easy to download the gpx file and then upload it into ViewRanger using their website. Then a simple sync and voila...the map is then on your phone.

I am sure there are lots of other choices but the ability to easily import walks from all over the internet makes it so easy to use.



I have the simple and free GPX viewer which overlays GPX and other maps onto google maps and others.
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I have been using an app called Komoot .
I didn't know Komoot.

Do you have an android smartwatch connected?
This is the only fonction missing in OSMAND (+)

I think Konoot can become expensive if you buy a lot of maps.
with osmand after a single payment (US$10 I think) you can download as many maps as you want.
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I just install Komoot and it'already uninstall.

Sorry Komoot but I don' want to be force to register
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I didn't know Komoot.

Do you have an android smartwatch connected?
This is the only fonction missing in OSMAND (+)

I think Konoot can become expensive if you buy a lot of maps.
with osmand after a single payment (US$10 I think) you can download as many maps as you want.
Seems it's too late for you now but just in case anyone else reads this thread:


Q. Do you have an android smartwatch connected?

A. You don't have to, you can just use the app on your phone. However if you want it on a watch I have used it that way with no issues. I have a Garmin watch. You can import/export from Komoot to the watch using standard formats so I guess if your Android watch supports GPX, TCX etc it will work. No app is needed on the Garmin, you just import via Garmin Connect and sync.


Q. I think Konoot can become expensive if you buy a lot of maps.
A. When you register you get one region free. I used "Central Switzerland" for free and was happy with it for around my area and after a few months I got everything, Worldwide unlimited for life, all updates etc for £18. It's a bit cheaper than their list price as after a while of being registered they sent me a "buy unlimited now" with a reduced price. That was July 2018.


I think £18 for unlimited Worldwide maps is a fair price for everything the platform offers. Devs have to earn a wage.
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Re: Hiking Apps (GPS based navigation online/offline)

I'm a big Komoot fan for discovering and planning hikes (I also paid for all maps), but I don't like their tracker/navigator. It's been very glitchy for me.

I prefer to use mapy.cz for tracking my routes. It has very free high-quality maps available throughout Europe that puts google maps to shame.
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