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Trying to navigate while traveling is complicated and 1000s of people get lost outdoors every year. Help improve your navigation skills by downloading these apps to help determine your altitude.
Determining your height above sea level is an essential skill for navigating and safely having remote adventures. Knowing your altitude makes finding your position on a map much easier, and is a great way to double-check your GPS coordinates with the map elevation. If you are starting to learn map navigation and don’t need extreme accuracy than an Altimeter app is perfect for determining your altitude and your location on a distance and elevation map. An altimeter app can quickly give you a rough estimate of your current altitude, and you don’t have to spend hours learning how to read an altimeter tool. However, there are some downsides to using an altimeter app. The first is that 99% of phones don’t have a built-in barometer, so the app often uses your GPS coordinates to determine altitude. The phone is using GPS, which means you need a GPS signal and a charged phone to know your altitude, which is something to be aware of as your travel.
While depending on the GPS signal and your phone battery is fine most of the time, you don’t want to be utterly dependent on them. Once you have gotten comfortable finding your location on a map using a compass and then cross-checking your position with your altitude app, it’s time to learn how an altimeter works. There are several different altitude measurement devices, and most of them work by measuring air pressure. Working with different altimeter setting to correctly measure your current height above sea level is much easier said than done. Changes in air pressure caused by storms moving in and other things can cause the altimeter to read a false altitude. So once you have found an altimeter for sale at a reasonable price, download a few outdoor guide apps. A well structured outdoor survival app will have some great instructional videos on more advanced techniques for determining your altitude. Once you feel comfortable, go to your local park and double-check your altimeter reading, against your altitude app, and the GPS altitude. Double or Triple checking your measurements makes sure you are accurately reading the altitude, which will be extremely important when you are actually traveling or navigating by map. Not getting lost is an essential part of staying safe when you are adventuring, and being able to accurately determine your height above sea level will do just that.
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