Smart Phone & Dedicated GPS - Seattle - 2016

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GPS Navigation: Using CalTopo and Gaia GPS

Smart Phone & Dedicated GPS - Seattle 2016

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This class is intended for people who have already completed the Basic Navigation course and are looking to add a GPS to their navigation toolbox.


The Smart Phone & Dedicated GPS one night class will run about an hour inside working through a PowerPoint deck covering basic GPS navigation functions, hardware considerations, and a toolbox of apps. We then head outside for some hands on practice using your GPS.

Students need to bring their own GPS enabled device, loaners are not available.  Instructors are prepared to help with a limited range of devices.  Approved devices include:

  • A dedicated Garmin GPS
  • An iPhone with the Gaia GPS app (professional version is not required)
  • An Android smart phone with Gaia or Backcountry Navigator Pro

We recommend that students also bring their adjustable declination compass, a headlamp, note paper and a pen or pencil.

Dress for the weather as the final hour is outside in Magnuson Park.

The workshop starts at 6:30 and typically runs until around 9:30.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
GPS Navigation: Using CalTopo and Gaia GPS Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
Registration closed Jan 29
17 participants
4 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Jun 10, 2020
Registration closed Jun 9
2 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Sep 22, 2020
Registration closed Sep 21
4 participants
0 instructors
Online Classroom
Thu, Mar 25, 2021
Registration closed Mar 18
5 participants
2 instructors
GPS Navigation: Using CalTopo and Gaia GPS
Online Classroom
Mon, Sep 19, 2022
Registration closed Sep 16
19 participants
3 instructors
Required Equipment

GPS enabled device

Course Materials

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