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Old 12-16-14, 06:36 PM
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Anybody used your bike computer to map a hike?

We are going to hike the Inca Trail in Peru next year. I have seen some profiles and a satellite view of the hike, but the satellite views show several points of satellite contact and straight lines between them. I was thinking that my Garmin 500 could do a better job of mapping. Do any of you have experience using your bike computer for a hike?
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Old 12-19-14, 06:49 PM
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Sort of. A few weeks back I was rehabbing an injury. I hadn't been able to walk, so I was gradually getting back into walking. It was a 1/4 mile at first, then 1/2 mile, etc. I wanted to measure my distance, and eventually my pace, so I brought along my Garmin. It essentially was a failure at that time because I couldn't walk 3 mph, the speed at which my Garmin is set to pause (I probably could have reset the pause feature but I didn't bother). There were so many failures that I gave up and used the Run With MY GPS app with my smartphone. It seems you might have the same start/stop issues with the Garmin on a mountain hike which could lead to multiple errors. Smartphone might be better.
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I load a topo map with trails onto my Edge 800. I don't record the hike because it doesn't work, even with the pause set to Stopped. However I can see where I am in relation to topographic features and the trail. However, that means you have to have a topo with trails and there aren't such maps for many places. Other Garmins intended for such service undoubtedly do work, because I see people posting their routes on hiking sites.
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I use the Cyclemeter ap on an i5S and it works quite well except for one bug. For technical climbing or steep (3rd 4th class) mountaneering it doesn't sense any horizontal movement on the GPS and logs all that time as stopped. Pretty much makes the calories burned feature useless.

Even with the phone aps if you are out of range of cell phone/intardnet service you will have to pair it with a GPS map ap or you won't generate anything except a flat track until you get back to somewhere you can connect and update the map. Most of those will map hikes natively.
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Update: Like On The Path, my Garmin couldn't detect when I was stopped or walking, especially when I was doing a climb and moving slowly. I got a lot of straight lines and the distance was completely wrong. However, I have found that it does work really well if I turn off the automatic pause and keep the Garmin running once I push start. The times are all screwed up, but the map and the profiles are dead on. I'm thinking that I will stop it after each day, then restart and push the lap button when we start hiking the following day. That way, I can get a single profile of the hike and define the points where we camped for the night. Will post the route when we get back.
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Yes, many times.

A few caveats --

The Garmin isn't happy in a pocket etc. it wants to be un-covered. A simple solution is to put it in a clear plastic baggie,and use a safety pin to attach it to your back pack's shoulder strap. That way it can see the satellites and it's protected from rain.

If you're hiking under a heavy tree cover, as I do on the east coast, the Garmin doesn't always pick up the satellites.

The Garmin 500 battery only lasts 15 or so hours ... if you're lucky, and you won't find many USB charging stations on the trail. I would take a Garmin eTrex instead of the 500, because it uses easily replaced AAs.

Enjoy the hike, and please report back (The Inca tail is on my to-do list.)
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Update: Like On The Path, my Garmin couldn't detect when I was stopped or walking, especially when I was doing a climb and moving slowly. I got a lot of straight lines and the distance was completely wrong. However, I have found that it does work really well if I turn off the automatic pause and keep the Garmin running once I push start. The times are all screwed up, but the map and the profiles are dead on. I'm thinking that I will stop it after each day, then restart and push the lap button when we start hiking the following day. That way, I can get a single profile of the hike and define the points where we camped for the night. Will post the route when we get back.
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Yes, I see that. I changed my bike profile (HIKE) so that Pause is OFF. I bet that will work better, as you say.

Many PCT thru-hikers now use small solar arrays to keep their electronics charged. I don't think that's a problem other than that rather over-teched look of having an array on your backpack.
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I use an old Garmin eMap (purchased in '99) for all my travel - whether by bike, hiking, or kayaking (and used to use it for driving as well). Works well for all modes.
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Another update..Yesterday, we did a 6 mile hike (by my wife's Map My Walk calculation). My Garmin only registered 5.62 miles. I changed the data recording from Smart Recording to Record Every Second. That may improve the accuracy.
DGlenday, I will take your suggestion and carry the Garmin where it can "see" the satellites. Regarding the charging, I am taking an external battery pack.
http://www.amazon.com/Intocircuit%C2...=Hisgadget+Inc. I tested it on the Garmin when it was at 20% charge remaining. It only used 15% of the external battery capacity. This battery pack was really highly rated.
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I use my Garmin 500 for tracking hikes and snowshoeing. Doesn't work perfectly, but looks pretty good when uploaded to Strava. I'm trying to best Kilian Jornet's FKT's.
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