Recording Outdoor GPS Tracks from your camping and fishing trips.

Recording Outdoor GPS Tracks from your camping and fishing trips.

When you enjoy the wilderness, open your smart phone GPS (Global Positioning System), take pictures and have them geotagged so you can upload and share your adventures. Then not only will your friends be able to see your pictures but also exactly where the picture was! For example, I found a few awesome crown land camping locations last weekend and now I can show on TracksAndTrails where they are.

gps track

Unfortunately I have an old BlackBerry smartphone. I took pictures and the pictures are geotagged. My old BB Curve was one of the few models that had a GPS but for me to share them, I have to upload the track and pictures to gpsed.com where you can see the pictures and exactly where they are. Those pictures didn’t come through though when I converted the track to kML, uploaded the track to Google maps and inserted into my WordPress website.

So I think I will upload the TracksAndTrails.ca to gpsies.com now and try to get the code from that site as I think it will work in WordPress and show the pictures on the map as popups….this problem will be fixed when I get a new phone. The Android phones and actually all new smart phones have a real GPS chip in them. When I got my blackberry it was the only smartphone that had a GPS that worked off of satellite’s, all the other phone gps’s worked off of cell phone towers – now all the smart phones have gps’s so a track can be made way out in the bush even when one is away from cell phone towers and have no cell phone reception.

GPS is a space-based satellite navigation system. The GPS project was developed in 1973. Sharing your outdoor information gets easier and easier with new technology!

Derickson Lake near Kelowna and Big White British Columbia

Derickson Lake hike has been on my mind awhile since my friend Ray Derickson has wanted to explore the area as he continues to renew the registered trap line business that has been in his family since the mid 1800’s.  Derickson Trap Line Maps

To get to the best place to start the hike, I had to find the snowmobilers cabin known as “Uncle Tom’s. From there we walked down the road crossed a creek that was a little too much for my two wheel drive Ford Ranger and and when my GPS told me we were within 700 meters of the lake, we left the road which was now marked with snowmobile trail markers and hiked through the bush to Derickson Lake.

Update – September 2018 – Derickson Lake is now stocked with trout!

Uncle Tom’s Cabin update – A new cabin has been built and the images above are old. We’ll keep em there for historic reasons. 🙂

I thought the lake would be more swampy but it turns out to be a very nice lake to visit. Probably no fish but ….who knows, leave a comment below if you know of anyone who caught a fish in Derickson Lake! After we circled most of the lake we followed the GPS pointer through the bush and let it take us back to the snowmobile trail and road to Uncle Toms. We saw 5 hunters in three groups, and I was only able to get 3 of them. …no not really but none of them nor I saw a single good sighting of game.