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ADV NewsBackcountry Discovery Routes Now Integrated with Gaia GPS App

Backcountry Discovery Routes Now Integrated with Gaia GPS App

Navigating BDRs using your mobile device is now easier than ever before.

Published on 04.17.2023

Backcountry Discovery Routes has teamed up with Gaia GPS to make planning and navigating your BDR using your mobile device easier than ever before. The multi-year partnership includes full integration of GPS route downloads from the BDR website directly into the Gaia app, instructional resources, FAQ’s, upcoming webinars on route planning and navigation, and more.

A key feature of the partnership is a seamless “one click” option for users to import routes directly from the BDR website into their Gaia account and onto their mobile devices. This custom functionality provides immediate offline access to BDR’s more than 12,000 miles of free routes, enhanced by Gaia’s powerful map and navigational tools. 

Backcountry Discovery Routes Now Integrated with Gaia GPS App

“One of the more frequent questions we get at BDR is, ‘what type of GPS’ do you recommend? Along with a GPS unit, our scouting teams rely on Gaia GPS for navigation, track recording, route building, weather, and public land boundary verification.  We are excited to offer this new practical solution to the BDR community, where downloading tracks and navigating in the backcountry without WiFi or cellular signal is now easier than ever,” says BDR Executive Director, Inna Thorn.


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As the primary mode of navigation for motorcyclists shifts to mobile devices, this new partnership and expanded functionality is expected to be welcomed by both experienced and new riders alike. Meanwhile, BDR’s GPS tracks will continue to function on any standard GPS device capable of displaying tracks with a minimum of 500 waypoints.

Backcountry Discovery Routes teams up with Gaia GPS App

Options for Gaia GPS include a free “basic” version, which allows you to navigate outside of cell service and access a great level of detail on the free base map. The premium version ($39.99 annually), recommended for BDR riders, offers features such as offline maps, weather data, snow depth, wildfire boundaries, and other live layers, in addition to a full Gaia GPS maps catalog, with over 250 maps and overlays, including popular layers like the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps.  

Backcountry Discovery Routes Now Integrated with Gaia GPS App

BDR riders will receive 20% off their first year when they sign up for an annual Gaia GPS subscription via the BDR website. A portion of each sale will go directly back to BDR to help power the non-profit’s mission. For more information click here.

Photos by Backcountry Discovery Routes

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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Randy
Randy
April 18, 2023 4:42 am

Seems like a great idea but I’m not at all interested in the monthly subscription model. I know it’s the wave of the future but I’m skipping it wherever I can. I’d prefer to just purchase the software once.

Rob McMillan
Rob McMillan
April 18, 2023 2:58 pm

I’m in that same frame of mind, trying to limit or reduce my monthly subscriptions. RideBDR folks did a nice thing to partner with Gaia, making it easier to download and use their gpx files. You can still use the free version of Gaia, or buy an equivalent, like Guru, which also offers a one time purchase price.

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