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Kjthepa
Kjthepa
5 posts
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Apr 25, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Hello All,

Am hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt in July and am wondering if there are downloadable maps of Swizerland for GPS iPhone App (and which App that might be. Thank you.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2659 posts
expert
Apr 25, 2016 - 5:44 PM in reply to Kjthepa

Hi Kjthepa-

Check this web site, from the Federation's land office -

www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products.html

Let us know if that does not work for you.

Slowpoke

Kjthepa
Kjthepa
5 posts
new member
Apr 25, 2016 - 6:30 PM in reply to Kjthepa

Cannot find anything about downloadable GPS maps, just paper maps.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2659 posts
expert
Apr 25, 2016 - 8:10 PM in reply to Kjthepa

Hi Kjthepa -

Here is a screen grab of what I get when I use the link that I provided.

Slowpoke

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Kjthepa
Kjthepa
5 posts
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Apr 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks, now just have to think about whether it is worth 38 CHF (year-long subscription) for a 2-week trip :>)

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2659 posts
expert
Apr 25, 2016 - 9:40 PM in reply to Kjthepa

<<"for a 2-week trip :>">>

Only 2.7 CHF per day, and you can reduce that substantially by coming back again for 4 weeks later on.

;-)

Slowpoke

Kjthepa
Kjthepa
5 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2016 - 2:07 AM in reply to Slowpoke

So I'll have maps to download, but I won't be able to find myself on them (I.e use the GPS) without cellphone service, right?

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2659 posts
expert
Apr 26, 2016 - 6:19 AM in reply to Kjthepa

<<"So I'll have maps to download, but I won't be able to find myself on them (I.e use the GPS) without cellphone service, right">>

Don't know. Never used the service. Personally, I only do day hikes, I use paper maps....the batteries don't die, I can write on them, and they let me see the surroundings more easily.

SwissCom has pretty good coverage, but I don't know how good it will be along the Haute Route

www.swisscom.ch/en/abo ut/company/network/mob ile-network.html?tduid=bf53af819f40b428 147f829c491991e3&affid =1613339

scmplc.begasoft.ch/plc app/pages/gis/netzabde ckung.jsf?netztyp=lte&lang=en

There a few serious hikers on this Forum

Perhaps they can provide more useful information that what I have shown you.

Slowpoke

Kjthepa
Kjthepa
5 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2016 - 6:25 AM in reply to Kjthepa

If I was that worried, I would buy a individual GPS unit instead of trying to use my cellphone. The route is heavily marked, I'm taking a reputable guidebook (and a compass), and there should be lots of people heading in the same direction. Thanks for your help.

Arno
Arno
7728 posts
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Apr 26, 2016 - 8:07 AM

I'm using the Switzerland Mobility app for navigation. It does need network coverage, but their Switzerland Mobility Plus app for CHF 35 allows navigation without coverage: www.schweizmobil.ch/en /schweizmobil.html.

The app that Slowpoke suggested seems like a good option as well. It does work without network coverage too as you'll download maps in advance: www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products/maps/mo bile/mobile_and.html. My car navigation app works like that as well. It only needs good GPS reception, so it works everywhere except in tunnels or under trees.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2659 posts
expert
Apr 26, 2016 - 12:29 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks

SummitClym
SummitClym
16 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2016 - 5:21 PM

I purchased the Swiss Map Mobile app for iPad mini to use on a long distance trek along the Via Alpina. The iPad did not have cell service but the GPS function in the app worked very well to show our exact location at all times. However, for the Via Alpina at least, the trail signage is incredibly well done and I didn't use the app that much. It was more of a comfort or backup system.

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