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BackCountry Navigator PRO

by CritterMap Software
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 5.0.1
  • Optimizations and UI improvements.
  • New map sources.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004TCS97G
  • Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,844 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Use digital topo/topographic maps and color aerial photography
  • Download free maps and save to SD card
  • Use maps without internet connection or cell coverage
  • Mark waypoints or record tracks as you navigate the outdoors
  • Import or export trip data in GPX format

Product Description

BackCountry Navigator is mobile mapping software for outdoor recreation. Explore your world beyond the limits of roads and cell coverage. Plan and navigate using offline topo maps and aerial photography.

Topo maps, or topographic maps, show terrain and contours. They are great for exploring outdoor wilderness areas.

When enjoying outdoor recreation, you often don’t want to worry about internet access and cell coverage. You can safely store maps on your storage card and use them when you need them.

The maps are downloaded by the app from a variety of public domain map sources.

BackCountry Navigator is useful for a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, geocaching, hunting, fishing, camping, and exploring a variety of trails.

If your Android device is equipped with a GPS, you can use this software as a full outdoor navigation device. Mark waypoints and tracks, and find ones you have previously defined or imported.

Technical Details

Size: 4.3MB
Version: 5.0.1
Developed By: CritterMap Software
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Allows sending in-app billing requests and managing in-app billing transactions
  • Open network sockets
  • Write to external storage
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Read the low-level system log files
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Access information about networks
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 14, 2011
This program is quite powerful as a companion to a full featured gps or as a standalone. Comes in handy when in the woods for seach and rescue, hunting or for fun. Accurate and reliable even when out of cell range. Thanks!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost there! WAIT! It IS there!! October 22, 2012
Verified Purchase
Second update for February, 2013: You CAN change line size. It is not on the "track" menu, but in the general "settings" under "track." VERY handy to have wider lines!

This program is FAR more useful to me than National Geographic Topo! was on my much more powerful MacBook Pro. There is some WONDERFUL programming going on here, and even more attention to details that make a difference to map users!

Edited for update installed February, 2013!

BackCountry Navigator PRO now DOES havea way of drawing a route! In fact, with the SPEN on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, this is the BEST route entry I've used, whether on PC or tablet! It takes a little experimentation. Search on "Measure and Create Routes." The entry method has a VERY effective "undo." For dozens of miles of routes, use road navigation software. For off-road routes, THIS is now my favorite tool. IGNORE DOWNSIDE #1 BELOW!

Also, version 4.8.5 has a new user interface that makes some of the file handling and action options more clear. Track lines are MUCH easier to see, although you still cannot change the line size or type. With the new line size scaling, manual line size setting is no long a "down side." IGNORE DOWNSIDE #2 BELOW!

No problem changing this from four to FIVE stars! With there were SIX!


This app does a very credible job of doing everything my aging National Geographic Topo set does. The big surprise it that it does it responsively on a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet instead of a 17" Macbook Pro.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect app! May 22, 2011
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What a wonderful application! I was looking into buying a standalone GPS, and I am glad that I waited! This is a simple, yet powerful GPS tool, and will do nearly anything that a $200+ unit will do. Best $10 I've ever spent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to a regular GPS! January 15, 2012
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This is a wonderful product, but do plan to read the User Guide and play around with it to learn how this nify app works. I didn't think I'd like it at first, and still find it too small to be really useful in my cell phone (maybe my eyes are not great). However, I downloaded it to my 7" Tablet and love it! Gives good detail in the backcountry and is easy to use, once you have spent some time with it. Does everything that my regular GPS does, but gives a much larger and clearer view of the landscape. If you enjoy being out in the backcountry and don't want to purchase a GPS, this will work really well. I tend to use it mostly for navigating backcountry roads, but it also works well on hiking trails. It would be good for horseback riders too.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I'm very involved in K9 wilderness Search & Rescue and having such an excellent topo and aerial mapping application right on my phone is awesome! Backcountry Navigator incorporates several different map types and offers high quality topo and aerial maps, using both lat/lon and UTM grid references which is a very important feature for me. The great maps, in addition to GPS tracking and waypointing, make this a very valuable tool for my SAR toolbag.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best GPS Color Movng Map Topo Program! June 14, 2011
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I have been using BCN on my Axim/Windows 5.0 and HTC HD2 /Windows Mobile 6.5.3 for years now and it has been extremely good. I have used it extensively for hiking and backpacking. Now I am running Android 2.3.3 on my HD2, with the new version of BCN and I am just as happy. I have tried several of the other GPS softwares out there but none is as good as BCN. The developer/programmer is the most responsive of any I have ever seen. He is constantly updating the software and adding new features, driven by user feedback. This is the model by which all other software developers should compare themselves.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing App April 5, 2011
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I love this app. I'm involved a lot with scouting and this is such a wonderful app to use. Now I don't have to haul around a GPS unit and my phone. The app is easy to use. Nice Job!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great App September 8, 2011
By Tacul
I lost my Garmin GPS.

As an interim measure, I downloaded Backcountry Navigator for my Android. After using this app for a while, I don't think I am going to replace my Garmin with another GPS.

The Backcountry Navigator app does pretty much everything I need it to do. I can download maps of places I will be going so that they are available when I'm not in cell phone range. I can navigate using detailed topo maps, create waypoints, etc. I can keep track of different waypoint sets in different tracks. I can locate geocaches.

I can do all this on my cell phone, which is something I will be bringing with me anyway, so it saves on space and weight. I can't really see any reason to get a gps. This app is really terrific.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars good app, bad customer service
The app itself is great. I've been using it since their public beta release some years back. My issue is that for some reason I am receiving messages that my market doesn't support... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christian J Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best android map you can get
This is the best android map you can get. I rely on it whenever I'm hunting or out in the woods.
Published 5 months ago by 2A Lawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its Great
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Pierce of crap save your money.
Published 11 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
Great app, works perfectly on my Samsung Tab 3, thanks.
Published 11 months ago by Jimmy L. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Reloaded and pleasantly pleased
I had to revise my first opinion. I may have been unfair with the first one. After reloading it(few months later) and spending some time to actually learn
how to find stuff... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars great for campers, hikers
Riots of choices for serious hikers and outriggers.
Published 11 months ago by Sandra K.
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding program
This is an outstanding program. Just be sure to download the maps before you head out on the trek, away from the world of bandwidth...
Published 12 months ago by Mike Swatek
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much battery use for my taste
Not fond of this or any added battery load on my cell phone ... if you are a real hiker and use this until your phone battery is dead, you could be asking for greater problems ... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars App is awesome, but beware....
The app works just fine, but beware that the amazon app store version does not allow you to purchase any TrailMap AddOns at this time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Larry Richardson
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