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Friday, January 6, 2012

Trimble Outdoors Navigator: How to Navigate to a Waypoint on Your Phone

You are out on the trail in the beautiful Trinity Alps, located within the Klamath National Forest in northern California. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, you set up camp along Emerald Lake, one of the many alpine lakes in the area.

The next morning you embark on a hike to view many of these amazing lakes. You gather your gear and then launch the Trimble Outdoors Navigator app iPhone or Android device, which means that your trip is off to a great start. You mark your campsite with a waypoint and set off on your adventure.

After a great hike and some off-trail travel, you arrive at a snowfield above Mirror Lake and take in this awesome view:
Sliding your way to Mirror Lake
But now it's time to head back to camp. But during the hike you got a little turned around and aren't sure of which way to go...

Thankfully, you read this blog post so you know that navigation to any point on your outdoor adventure is extremely simple with Trimble Outdoors Navigator.

There a few ways you can do this.

First, go to the Map screen to view your trip and tap on the "Camp" waypoint you marked earlier. Then tap on the blue arrow, select Goto Waypoint, which then sets the point as your destination. A straight-as-the-crow-flies line will be drawn on the Map screen from your current location (the blue dot) to your goto waypoint (Camp).

You can also select Goto from either the Map or the Compass screens. This will bring up a list of every point that has been marked on your trip and simply select the one that you want as your destination.
The Goto screen
You're now ready to navigate. Go to the home screen and select Compass. You will see a compass directing you towards your camp, including the distance, bearing and your current position. Now it's simply a matter of conquering the alps between you and your campsite.
Now you're navigating like a pro
Pretty soon, you'll have arrived. Now it's on to the next point on your journey. Happy trails!
Welcome back to camp
Check out the the full trip to Emerald Lake, as assembled by Backpacker Magazine.

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  1. I can't figure out how to clear the current "go to" destination. It seems like i need to live with that line on my map forever now :(

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