With summer quickly fading, and fall approaching quickly. Get out and enjoy the scenery. Camping and trail riding has finally made it to the top of the list for things to do! Fun on the Run! Let Fall begin! Not that I wouldn’t mind a few more summer days. It is time to load and GO!
Oh my goodness it seems like it has been forever since I have taken the time to appreciate some of the finer things in life! I need to go for a nice peaceful relaxing ride!
I have had cabin fever for seems like a year. How about you? I did not get to ride much last year. Or this year as a matter of fact. And this pattern of behavior must change!
Weather you trail ride for the day, week, weekend, month or year. And you are a beginner, amateur, jack of all trades mater of none, Master of All ( we all know one of those), weekend warrior, or the advanced geocaching, back country, professional trail rider. We all like to pat ourselves on the back and say yeah I did that. Everyone loves to talk about their rides. Good and Bad.
Who does not like set a goal and hit it? Ride for a few hours or more than a few miles. Maybe even for casual conversation. Ya know we rode 25 miles this weekend. Yes! Or haven’t we been on this trail already? Left, right, straight, dammit which way do we go. Around and around nobody knows except for those who are prepared, or pay attention to more than just the peacefulness of the journey. Maybe for those who haven’t been paying attention. And for those taking time to smell the roses and enjoying a sip or two.
What apps or GPS units are popular for the trail riding crowd?
While many prefer just to buy a hand held GPS such as the Garmin Etex or Map64, Delorme PN-60, Garmin Watch, Apple Watch.
Others prefer to use their phones.
All Trails App (one time fee works with no signal paid version allows downloading of maps)
Easy Trails ( can use in airplane mode)
Endomondo (app by under armour has horse trail setting)
Equilab (pick your horse)
Equitrail (easier on your battery)
FitBit App (tracks mileage)
Gaia (Premium Paid Version)
Geo Tracker (works off satellite if you loose signal)
Horse Riding Tracker
KER Clockit Sport
Map my Hike
Map my Tracks
Ramblr (can use in airplane mode)
Samsung Health (horseback riding option)
Sports Tracker has a horseback option
Walk for the Dog
X on Hunt (you can save your ride on the horse your on.)
One word of caution many Apps may drain your cell phone battery looking for signal. Some people put their phones on airplane mode while others turn off their mobile networking. While personally I like to have my phone on me while I ride. It has been difficult to keep a charged phone.
The solution Portable USB Charger. (I have not had much luck with cheep solar chargers however they have been better than nothing. I usually use the rechargeable kind average price ten bucks and saves a lot of headaches. Put them in a cell phone holder for your saddle (rear cinch or pommel) I like those versus saddle bags depending on the area your riding in and how much you have to pack easily accessible there and of course I like to keep my cell phone on my person.
Many Apps for trail riding seem to be good for a few hours depending on your battery. I personally am in need of a serious updated phone. A few good pictures or videos my phone is done.
Spot 3 GPS with yearly contract
The spark nano GPS trackers have a panic button to send email or text to family and friends with your location. Or leave it on the horse in case you loose your horse. The GPS unit is motion sensitive to allow you to get the most out of your battery. The Brickhouse Systems have many other appealing qualities. Buy packages by the month or yearly starting at 29.99. Units start at 39.99 (5.0 refurbished with lifetime warranty). Provides real time location from any laptop, computer, cell phone with the app. Normal battery lasts ten days and is rechargeable. Weather resistant. Location alerts via text or email and more! I believe I want one of theses when I get the chance to ride in the mountains again! To me its worth the money for a little added security! ( No I am not affiliated with BrickHouse I have just seen others recommend them.)
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