Exploring the Great Outdoors: How GPS Tracking Systems Enhance Your Summer Hiking Experience

Hiking is not only good for your physical health but lets you explore all nature has to offer this summer. Being outdoors, escaping the city, and feeling different terrain under your feet provide an exhilarating experience that few other activities can match. 

Using a GPS tracking system when hiking can enhance your experience. These products keep you safe in remote locations, protect your equipment, and help you measure your speed and distance, which can improve performance. GPS trackers, like those available on LandAirSea (LAS), are small enough to fit inside a pocket or hiking bag, allowing you to generate real-time location data no matter how far you are from home. 

Learn how GPS tracking systems can make your upcoming summer hikes safer and more worthwhile below! 

Locate Your Hiking Bag

You might carry a wide range of equipment in your hiking bag this summer, such as a trekking pole, headlamp, first aid kit, and sleeping bag. While your bag will mostly be on your back when hiking, you could leave it somewhere when stopping along your route. In this scenario, GPS tracking systems can help. 

GPS trackers are small, discrete devices that work out the precise location of any item attached to them, such as hiking bags. By connecting a charged tracker to your backpack or putting it inside one of the pockets, you can determine the location of your bag if it goes missing during a hike. 

How does this work? GPS trackers receive signals from satellites orbiting the planet and send location information to a mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. As long as your device is in your pocket, attached to your body, or in your hand when hiking, you can find the whereabouts of your bag in almost any location, even if you don’t have Wi-Fi or phone reception. 

Protect Your Vehicle

If driving to a hiking spot, you’ll have to park your vehicle and leave it unattended for some time. Keeping a GPS tracker inside your car when exploring the great outdoors can help you find your vehicle if it goes missing. You can attach a GPS tracker to various vehicle areas, including under the seat, on the dashboard, or in the glove department, and receive real-time location data on your smart device. 

With LAS devices, checking location information on your phone or tablet is simple. Just open the Silvercloud app, available on iOS and Android devices, and see the location of your vehicle after placing a charged GPS tracker inside it. You can also create a geofence around an area, such as a parking lot, and receive notifications when your vehicle moves from its original location, which suggests someone has stolen it.

Another feature of trackers from LAS is the ability to send location information about a stolen vehicle to law enforcement through its ShareSpot feature. That can help the authorities locate your car and return it to you.

Find the Best Hiking Locations

With GPS trackers, you can view live maps of your area and find the best places to hike. Depending on where you are, you might locate a scenic trail that offers views of mountains or beaches, or you could discover flat terrain that makes it easier to hike. 

LAS devices let you save your favorite spots on a map, helping you plan your summer hiking experience. You can also mark any routes that might be unsuitable for you, such as trails with rough terrain and steep ascents. Once you’ve discovered the perfect hiking route, you can share it with your loved ones with LAS’ ShareSpot feature. Alternatively, you can look back at previous trails you’ve completed, thanks to historical playback data.  

Improve Performance

The best GPS tracking systems on the market generate both distance and speed information, which can enhance your hiking experience. You’ll be able to find out how far you’ve traveled during a hike and your average speed when moving from one location to another. This information can be valuable if you are trying to reach a new personal best or want to lose weight from hiking. For example, you can enter the distance you traveled during a hike into an online calculator and learn how many calories you burned. 

LAS devices can send alerts to your smart device when you reach a particular speed. You can set up these notifications in the Silvercloud app and use them as a reminder to slow down or pick up speed during a hike. 

Send Location Information During an Emergency

Getting help after experiencing an injury or getting lost on a hike can be difficult in remote locations without an internet or phone connection. Keeping a GPS tracker with you when hiking, however, means you can alert loved ones or the authorities of your predicament, even in the wilderness. 

LAS’ ShareSpot feature lets you share location information without anyone you like, including first responders, in an emergency. This process involves opening the Silvercloud app and completing a few simple steps. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you can get the help you need. 

How LAS Can Enhance Your Summer Hiking Experience

While all GPS tracking systems help you locate your whereabouts when hiking, LAS trackers offer additional features like ShareSpot, geofencing, and speed alerts. That can improve your hiking experience this summer. LAS has nearly 25 years of experience in the GPS market and has worked with organizations in multiple industries, such as law enforcement, professional services, construction, and border control. Here are some of the best LAS devices for your summer hike:

LandAirSea 54

The LandAirSea 54 can improve performance and safety during summer hiking with speed alerts and ShareSpot. It’s also waterproof and dustproof, making it a good choice for exploring different terrains in the great outdoors. Other features of the 54 include a powerful battery, geofence alerts, and a dark mode. You can attach the 54 to your hiking bag or keep it in your pocket. 

LandAirSea Sync

The LandAirSea Sync connects to your vehicle’s OBD II port, making it ideal for protecting your parked car at a hiking spot. The Sync also offers ShareSpot, historical data, and geofence alerts. Because this product plugs into your OBD II port, it requires no charging. 

LandAirSea Overdrive

The LandAirSea Overdrive is a waterproof and dustproof GPS device with a battery that lasts significantly longer than the 54. It has magnets to attach the device to your hiking bag or other equipment, making installation simple. Other features include Sharespot, speed alerts, battery alerts, and a dark mode. 

Not sure which GPS tracker is best for your hiking use case? Contact LAS to learn more!

Explore the Great Outdoors With LAS

It’s time to plan your summer hikes! LAS’ GPS trackers can enhance your experience by helping you locate your hiking bag, protect your vehicle, find the best hiking spots, improve performance, and share your whereabouts in an emergency. No matter which device you choose, LAS products offer flexible pricing, simple installation, and excellent customer service. 

Order a GPS tracker for your summer hiking adventure now and improve your experience. Alternatively, email ian.conley@landairsea.com to learn more about LAS’ GPS tracking systems.