For the past 2 years I have been using BackCountry Navigator PRO, a GPS App for most Android smartphones. This is not, as yet, my primary navigational aid. This remains a Harveys Map for the National Trails or an OS Map for other walks, plus a SILVA compass.
The National Trails are clearly sign posted and waymarked, so it is not unusual to walk the whole day without referring to a map at all. I plan ahead and visualise the objectives and main waypoints, typically for lunch stops, major navigational features and points of interest. Walking without a map is quite liberating, but sometimes I get lost, typically while daydreaming and missing an important signpost.
This is where BackCountry Navigator Pro (BCN) comes in handy. Continue reading