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    Pisgah Trail Markings

    Hello,

    I'll be in NC at the end of May to ride Pisgah area trails. Are the trails marked with names? I plan to use the suggested routes from the Pisgah Area SORBA website and was wandering if trails are marked so I can follow the directions.

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    Largely, yes.

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    Thanks

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    If you have an android or iPhone download the AvenzaPDF mapping app. You can buy the South Pisgah Ranger District map for like $7. Shows your location in realtime using your phones GPS.
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    I was wondering if you could get cell phone reception in Pisgah. Thanks for the response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkumtrider View Post
    I was wondering if you could get cell phone reception in Pisgah. Thanks for the response.
    You cannot, for the most part, get any reception in Pisgah. Most folks turn their phones off upon entrance. I think the above recommendation relies on your phones GPS.

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    Yeah. Avenza doesn't use phone service, just GPS. Can't count on phone reception in The Pizguh.
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    Learn to look at blazes, the whole "park at the trailhead look at the map kiosk and ride some loops" just doesn't happen here.

    A map is needed, I'd recommend one even in addition to a smart phone app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Industry Nine View Post
    Learn to look at blazes, the whole "park at the trailhead look at the map kiosk and ride some loops" just doesn't happen here.

    A map is needed, I'd recommend one even in addition to a smart phone app.
    A) Hate using a phone to navigate, love maps.
    B) Upset (though understanding) I can't buy a Pisgah Map CO. map online.
    C) Stoked to move to NC and buy above mentioned map and spend weekends exploring Appalachia.
    D) Hope my new I9 hub holds up in the upcoming SE tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Industry Nine View Post
    Learn to look at blazes, the whole "park at the trailhead look at the map kiosk and ride some loops" just doesn't happen here.

    A map is needed, I'd recommend one even in addition to a smart phone app.
    Amen to this. I just don't understand the popular aversion to actual maps. I love studying a map, striking out, and finding my way. Old school I reckon. And just plain old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    B) Upset (though understanding) I can't buy a Pisgah Map CO. map online.
    I promise you one of the bike shops on this list will take an order over the phone and mail you a map. Bike shops don't turn away money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Amen to this. I just don't understand the popular aversion to actual maps. I love studying a map, striking out, and finding my way. Old school I reckon. And just plain old!
    I don't understand the aversion to an improved method of map usage. It's even better for exploring as its impossible to get lost with it showing your true location and orientation.
    I have used mine while running strava on 7hr rides and still finished with 50% battery life. I may have even surfed some porn on the parkway mid ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    I don't understand the aversion to an improved method of map usage. It's even better for exploring as its impossible to get lost with it showing your true location and orientation.
    I have used mine while running strava on 7hr rides and still finished with 50% battery life. I may have even surfed some porn on the parkway mid ride.


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    Wouldn't say there is an aversion. But I think some people in this day and age put too much reliance on technology. My two cents. Personally? I love hard copy maps. My map collection is a source of pride.

    Quote Originally Posted by kkjellquist View Post
    I promise you one of the bike shops on this list will take an order over the phone and mail you a map. Bike shops don't turn away money.

    Where to Buy our Maps | Pisgah Map Company
    Hah, very valid point! I had thought about that. But I'll be moving to NC in two weeks (well, headed there to find an apartment, then a 6 week tour of the SE, then moving in). So I'll grab one after I hand in my Official Yankee Card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    I don't understand the aversion to an improved method of map usage. It's even better for exploring as its impossible to get lost with it showing your true location and orientation.
    I have used mine while running strava on 7hr rides and still finished with 50% battery life. I may have even surfed some porn on the parkway mid ride.


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    But you're an idiot. See the difference? I'm going to guess not.

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    I should mention, that morons cannot read actual maps. They NEED the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    B) Upset (though understanding) I can't buy a Pisgah Map CO. map online.
    Individual shops/outfitters sell them online, as does The Forest Place Store:
    Western North Carolina Trail Guide: South Pisgah Ranger District Including Bent Creek | The Forest Place Store

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    I don't understand the aversion to an improved method of map usage.
    They don't like rain, dirt, mud, dust, impact etc. and it's hard to get any kind of a 'big picture' perspective for planning a route. I've also used my waterproof PMC map as a plate, funnel, and something dry to sit on.

    That being said I use both; it's great to pull out the phone and get an instant, on-map bearing that's on the same paper map I'm using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    A) Hate using a phone to navigate, love maps.
    B) Upset (though understanding) I can't buy a Pisgah Map CO. map online.
    C) Stoked to move to NC and buy above mentioned map and spend weekends exploring Appalachia.
    D) Hope my new I9 hub holds up in the upcoming SE tour.
    No need to buy a map considering I9 can't deliver a working product much less deliver it in a timely manner. Feel like giving up riding at this rate haha. Though I suppose the map will be handy for backpacking. At least Osprey gets my gear back to me quickly and working!
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    Just go to i9 and get it yourself lol. Considering you will be in Asheville
    Pisgah!

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    And apologize for being acting like a royal *******.
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    Deleted- whole post made no sense- summarized as...

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    I must be doing something wrong. 5 hours w/ STrava on and I'm completely out of battery on my iPhone.

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    Which iphone? how old? I had the same problem with my 4s... got a 6 now and it's so much better. About 5 hrs in Pisgah last weekend and probably only used 30%.

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    it's a 5, right at 2 years old. now I'm curious if a 6 would make that big a difference? We were on some epic a couple of months ago where we got a little lost, and it sucked having to turn the Strava off in the middle of all that climbing, but I was afraid I couldn't call 911 if the time came! (what kind of idiot would go bushwacking when it was forecast to be single digits and high wind that night?)

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    I'm using a 6 and I works fine for me. You can also run it in airplane mode to conserve .... But I'm an idiot so what do I know?

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    They made specific improvements in how GPS used battery life in the 5, it was one of the features they marketed. I have a 5 and battery usage is great when I run Strava. Make sure your blue tooth is turned off and close any other open apps. Open apps will drain it.

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    If I was coming from out of town and had an iPhone, would use Avenza. Turn off your cell service to preserve battery life, and you should be fine, even for long rides. You'll spend less time fumbling with a paper map, and more time riding.

    This not only gives you the map, but shows your position on the map at any point in time. When not sure about which fork to take, you can watch yourself either follow the desired trail, or venture off course. It works great.

    If going deep in the woods and you don't know the area, should probably have a paper backup.

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    Sometimes you have to lose yourself before you can find anything.

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    Thanks for all the replies. We will definitely have a map with us, and probably use a phone as well. Can't wait to ride there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    B) Upset (though understanding) I can't buy a Pisgah Map CO. map online.
    Sure you can. They have them on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dledinger View Post
    Sure you can. They have them on Amazon.
    Just to make life easier: South Pisgah Ranger District Including Bent Creek: Pete Kennedy and Jack Mohr: 9780977091560: Amazon.com: Books

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