Ep43 – COMPLETE GUIDE to OVERLANDING NAVIGATION (comprehensive review of Gaia GPS)

Vlog 43

This is something we get asked A LOT:

“What navigation systems do you use on the trail?”

I’ve been wanting to put this together for a while, and HERE IT IS!

This is everything we do for navigation based on TONS of trial and error – and our current setup, as explained in this movie has been working GREAT for us for several trips now.

We use a cellularly enabled iPad, GaiaGPS, a myriad RAM mounts and this is how it all works!

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Dan W. Boles says:

GAIA is hands down my app of choice, and for those that are wondering, the Pro Version is well worth the cost. Thanks for the @PeachStateOverland shout out too. +PeachStateOverland

Israel Arevalo says:

This is exactly the information I was looking for! Thanks Jason!

Pull The Pin Outdoors says:

Jason, Great video explanation of everything. I am new to the Overlanding and trying to get feet wet. You had me sold on the Gaia GPS. Thanks for the information and looking forward to your other videos.

Preston Gladd says:

I use same exact system, gaia, iPad pro 10.5(Verizon and yes they are way overpriced), ram mounts (For everything, ham and CB radios, iPad, phone, delorme inreach sat com, etc…). I’m my opinion you have the best set up possible for what gear you run. I use a different ram tablet holder, but yours is more versatile where mine is for 9-11″ tablets with large cases only. I would recommend looking into the Garmin inreach (formally delorme inreach) they provide emergency sat com’s for a fairly cheap subscription that can come in very handy when out of cell range. I also use gaia when backpacking in the backcountry. I live near Asheville and I know you were just in the area but if you ever come through here again let me know and maybe we can link up.

Medic Murse says:

That mounting solution looks much more stable than the RAM mount pole I use bolted into the passenger seat floor bolt. Thanks for sharing!

Exploring The Outdoors says:

We use Gaia as well. We google earth to see the route first.

Fabian Mendez says:

No cell service needed for GPS, iPhone or Android.

Jeremy Katka says:

Any issues with heat and your iPad? Either running the apps all day or because of sunlight? Thanks for the video.

Bobby Tam says:

I meant to ask you how did you mount your iPad in the earlier blogs but you did an excellent job of showing it. Keep the videos coming.

UnderHoverFPV says:

Cheap Samsung Tab E for $169 will give you GPS and has expandable SD storage so you can download whatever you want. Thats what I use and it works great

The Strength Doc says:

any issues with glare on the ipad?

Mike Wesner says:

You don’t need cell service for a cellular ipad. You can actually use any iPad or tablet if you get a bluetooth GPS device, like the “Dual GPS XGPS 160” as an example.

Greg Wilkinson says:

Thanks for doing this vid. This answered so many questions I had!
U broke it down perfectly. Thx again

modurndaydrifter says:

Thanks for the vid..helped a lot

Mike Metzger says:

Absolutely excellent video on this subject. You are a great teacher! Thank you!

rustyracer51 says:

New subscriber here. Thank you for your high quality videos. Looking forward to many more of your videos!

youknowit158 says:


J Dub says:

Jason, is the Gaia premium membership worth it? Nat Geo is cool but not sure it shows anything that the USFS maps have. Please and Thanks

jspecdan says:

love the AGPS explanation with the animation :: thumbs up ::

Bold&Adventurous says:

I’ve been using Gaia GPS since May when I lead the 10th annual Power Wagons in Moab. And I have loved this app ever since. It’s amazing and I keep finding more and more uses for it.

Josh Bugno says:

I need to get one of those thingamagiggers

Shairol Azhar says:

just finish all of your vlog this week, subscribed,thumb up all your video, great editing, love your casey neistat style editing and content…

Damian Morgan says:

Ah…..you are now speaking my language……just screwed the thingummy jigger into the thingummy bob!!! Now that I understand lol!! Good video. Always good to see the outside stuff…..not just the in car overland, heres a track stuff!!

Dirt Dawg Overland says:

Exactly what I have been looking for thank you

Euclides Velazco says:

Jason…thanks for making this video. It’s very impressive to see the solutions you always come up with for the problems you encounter on the trails. I do follow your channel and use it as a baseline, so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I do want to let you know that on the Android side you do not need to have a tablet with cellphone service for GPS. I currently own a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with Wi-Fi, built in GPS and Gaia GPS installed on it. It works like a champ and thanks to this video I can further take advantage of the Gaia GPS app. Thanks again for these videos and please keep them coming. My 5-year-old and I always enjoy watching you and your family on your adventures. P.S.: One thing you should look into is a cigarette charger like this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A4ZGLZ8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that way you won’t have to worry about your tablet battery dying on you. I can always run the GPS on the tablet while keeping the batter topped off.

Luke Towers says:

Im really really lovin your 4 Runner

Dalton Ryan says:

Unrelated to over-landing, GPS and cars: Where did you get that life aquatic picture on your wall!?

Honda Man says:

Merch store. Millennial detected.

Bjarne Bergum says:

Gpx files are text files. You can edit it with ex notepad++ and add them together.

Adrian Wevers says:

Backcountry Navigator… if you’re an Android user, it’s awesome. I have used it in my job for years. Download the maps ahead of time before you go into an area with no cell service, and your good to go. BTW, I have that same Garmin Etrex 20 your holding in your hand… It stinks compared to using Backcountry. But, the Etrex gets the job done if its all you have.

Carlos Eduardo Le Roy says:

Excelent info as always, thanks !

rsxfreak79 says:

Loved the video! The reason why your iPad doesn’t charge while you use it is because the amps coming from the 4Runner usb connector is rated at 1amp. I would highly recommend getting a car charger with at least 2.4amp per outlet. I’ve had great success with Anker products and would highly recommend them.

postbreak says:

Exactly what I needed to know, definitely going this route in my truck.

Daren Welsh says:

It looks like there are various levels of paid memberships for Gaia. Can anyone explain the difference between them? Also, does anyone have alternative software/apps they recommend?

Ric Aldrich says:

Great I also use Bad elf GPS antenna and It works great. It is $100 but it works with your iPhone or pad

TheShelbrain says:

Have you ever tried Geocaching while you are out on the trail? Love your truck and all the wonderful experiences you are giving your kids

Connor Smith says:

This video was perfect. You talked about everything that I’ve wondered and wanted to know. Thanks Jason! Keep it up!

Steve Egbert says:

Despite all the neat apps and navigation whiz bang stuff we have and love, I always carry good old paper maps, especially old forest service ones if I can get them. They often have roads and features that are not shown on newer ones.

Medhin Bayou says:

I bet that just like your iPhone, your iPad doesn’t need a cellular service to communicate with GPS satellites and pinpoint your location. It would just take more time to find your position if you don’t have internet access through either cellular service or WiFi connection. But please confirm this rather than taking my word on it.

Benjamin Senning says:

I use a dual XGPS150A paired to my non cellular ipad for navigation with Gaia and it works great. I think the Dual unit is around 80 bucks on amazon so If you have an ipad thats not cellular it can still work.

Big Dmax says:

Thanks Jason!! Great video

Will Siu says:

Thank you Jason. That vlog really help me out how to find a route.

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