Off-the-grid maps outdoors
Photo by Trimble Outdoors

Any outdoorsman knows that a detailed map is a backwoods must-have.

While few things are better than a well-made paper map, GPS technology for smart phones and tablet devices continues to advance, providing outdoorsman with extremely accurate navigation and trip planning programs.

Since 1978 Trimble Outdoors has been a world leader in GPS . With Trimble Outdoors, consumers can use their GPS-enabled cell phones to navigate trails and highways, track their fitness performance, geocache, and create, manage and share those experiences with others.

Off-the-Grid maps, with a PLATinum subscription service to access private land data on desktop, is the newest product from Trimble Outdoors. It essentially turns your smart phone into fully functioning GPS that you can use completely off the grid, with all of the detailed maps you need stored on an SD Card (for Androids) or downloaded to the device for iOS.   It has an amazing cloud feature that lets you sync data between phone, tablet, desktop, etc.  Whatever device you are using, you can log into your account and all of your maps, waypoints, notations will be viewable.

One of the coolest new features on the Off-the-Grid maps is the ability to view private land data (parcel boundaries as well as owner names and acreage) and all public land boundaries. This not only helps you plan your hunts, but allows you to make sure you are legal at all times.

If you prefer a carrying a traditional map, Trimble Outdoors also allows you to print navigation-ready maps at home. Print maps in two sizes and pick from five different map types. All maps include navigation grids, compass rose, and can be used with a compass or GPS-enabled device. Batteries die so be sure to have a paper map along for the trip!

Since this article was posted, Trimble Outdoors has gone out of business. For information on alternatives, please visit

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