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2011-02-07 21:04:27
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Using an iPhone as a GPS
My trusty Garmin eTrex finally bit the dust after falling off a rather loose handlebar mount on my bike once too many. Given the straitened times we're in, I decided to look for a cheap alternative rather than splashing out on a new eTrex. Seeing as I'd recently treated myself to an iPhone 4 (ok, maybe times aren't THAT straitened!), I had a look to see what apps might do the trick. The GPS chipset on the iPhone 4 is significantly improved over that in the 3G and 3GS, so I was curious to see if it would be a suitable eTrex replacement.

After searching the App store for a bit, I decided to download Motion-X GPS. This costs €3.99, not free but a lot cheaper than a new Garmin. The big feature that impressed me with Motion-X is the ability to download OpenStreetMap maps (both road and terrain) for use while offline. In other words, you don't need a data signal to use the maps, which is very handy in the remoter parts of the country where phone signal isn't the best. The OpenStreetMap Terrain maps are very similar to pazapas's Emerald Isle maps, showing shaded contours, roads, and other amenities. Motion-X makes great use of the iPhone 4's gorgeous display, and you can get moisture-proof cases to keep your expensive smart phone out of the wet. You can search for and navigate to all the tops listed in MV.

On the downside, there's no support for entering co-ordinates in Irish Grid format (although there is UTM support), but it's possible that this might be added in a future version. The other thing to watch for is battery life. Using an iPhone with the GPS on really drains your battery, so if getting lost would be a problem then make sure you have a paper backup! You can export waypoints as GPX files, but only via email, which isn't handy if you want to dump a whole bunch of them.

I still haven't made up my mind as to whether and iPhone 4 and Motion-X GPS are a true replacement for a Garmin. The lack of Irish Grid support is quite a handicap, and the battery life is a worry because if it runs out you've not only lost your GPS but your phone as well. I probably will buy a second-hand eTrex, but having the iPhone and Motion-X means I don't need to rush out and buy one straight away. Worth a look!
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Forum: General
Welcome back Crá
aidand an hour ago.
This Forum has been a dull place for a long time. Great to have Crá's passionate and well written views.www.logainm.ie is a fine website dedicated to Irish placenames. Maybe it doesn't cover the n...

  
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Forts, a monster, invasions, rocky walls and limestone.
simon3 7 hours ago.
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Summit Comment
Rosgalliv Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
For the Mountain View members who will be joining Liz50 for her walk on 7/10/17 why not get there a few minutes earlier in order to visit this small hill with its Megalithic Tomb . Parking is avai...

Summit Comment
Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
The summit area with its hill fort and views across the bay.

  
Track
Spanish Sierra Nevada: Mulahacen
Onzy 4 days ago.
Route to Mulahacen from Alto del Chorillo returning on a lower track to the west. Route takes in both Mulahacen I and I walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 782m, Area: Unid, Unid ()

  
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Lanigans Ball and the Slieve Mish Mountains
GSheehy 5 days ago.
?What in the name of Jaysus are you on about with your ?Lanigan?s Ball??? ?This is hillwalking lad. Not danc walk, Len: 27.3km, Climb: 1557m, Area: Caherbla, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Caherb

Forum: General
in yer pants ....
BleckCra 3 days ago.
I turn my attention to mountainviews.ie. So much for focus.I see that its English translation of Irish hill names remains - and in remaining, (for the Mountains of Mourne at least) .... , remains ...

  
Summit Comment
Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
Parking where appropriate make your way the short distance along the foreshore to L9531390160 where ascent to the hill exists as shown in the photo. You will encounter a small stone drinking well ...

  
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Le Taillon via la Brèche de Roland
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 16.1km, Climb: 1013m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

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Gubacarrigan: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
Your options for parking are numerous but a lay-by is located at L7648192513. It only takes a few minutes to reach the cliff edge and on to the summit but as evident from the tracts along the edge...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Change to Local 100
simon3 4 days ago.
The Local 100 list and completing it is one of the most popular lists that MV has. It allows the time-poor to get out and do some interesting hillwalking but with minimal travel time. It encourage...

  
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Claggan Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
Although the trig is clearly visible from where i parked for Roscahill a double fence lies in wait from there. Easy access is via the field gate located at L9409289344 with ample parking 50 meters...


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