CartoTracks will be offering KOH course and Hammertown maps that you can load in your Android/iOS smartphone or tablet. Once a free app and the maps are loaded — before losing data/wi-fi signal — the GPS in the device is all you need. No cell/data signal is required to access and use the maps.
The appeal for KOH, in the middle of the desert, is certainly clear.
In addition to simply showing your current location, maps can have information and data (think trail names, ratings, etc.) available as well, turning a basic map into a super-functional tool for wherever you’re wheeling — all with no data signal required.
The Hammertown map will be free for anyone to download and use, course maps will cost $10 each. The maps should be available within a week on the CartoTracks website and we’ll update this story when they’re released.
Important: Make sure you download the maps you want to the device you intend to use in Johnson Valley!
Here’s a basic demo of how the maps and software work:
We’ve had the opportunity to use CartoTracks maps and they are extremely slick. If you’ve ever been frustrated when your mapping app fails you out on the trail when you lose signal, you see the appeal.
The company is working on rolling them out at all kinds of off-road parks nationwide. Expect to see one coming to your favorite wheeling location before long.
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