Will AllTrails Work with No Cell Service

Do you really need a satellite messenger or will AllTrails work in the mountains when you don’t have cell service. Well, we’re going to find out today in this in depth field test here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Garmin inReach Mini 2

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

Do You Need a Satellite Messenger?

I have had several people in the past tell me there’s no reason to have a satellite messenger as you can use many different apps to track where you’re at without spending a lot of money on expensive messengers.

There have been several arguments so today, I am heading out into the mountains, where there will be no cell service to see how well the AllTrails app will do.

Garmin inReach Mini 2

The Bottom Line

Using maps on your phone like AllTrails, in areas with no cell service, does work, but it works better if you download the trails you’re going to before leaving home.

AllTrails App

From past experiences, I thought this test wouldn’t be successful, but I have to admit that I was wrong. You can see from the images that AllTrails works outside of cell service.

AllTrails Satellite Image

So, Why do I Need a Satellite Messenger?

This answer is simple. The primary reason to have a satellite messenger is not for maps, but for calling Search and Rescue (SOS). The argument about saving money and not buying a satellite messenger is not well-founded, if someone is making the argument that there is a less expensive way to get maps.

It’s not about maps…it’s about getting help when you need it most.

Garmin inReach Mini 2


Final Thoughts

You can find less expensive ways to get maps, and there are satellite messengers on the market that don’t offer maps, but do offer S.O.S. services and 1-way or 2-way messaging. The bottom line is that we all have different priorities and ways we like to explore the outdoors.

I would just like to strongly recommend that you carry a satellite messenger with you, not for maps, but for calling Search and Rescue if you or someone you know ever needs it.

Check out the test in the YouTube video below.

Garmin 010-02602-00 inReach Mini 2, Lightweight and Compact Satellite Communicator, Hiking Handheld, Orange
  • Compact, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS globally (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.).Special Feature:Bluetooth.Water Resistant: Yes
  • Navigate back to where you started by using TracBack routing
  • Share your location with loved ones back home at any time (active satellite subscription required) by using your MapShare page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
  • Get accurate heading information using the digital compass — even when you’re not moving
  • Sync with the Garmin Explore app and website on your compatible smartphone for trip planning and topographical mapping, and create waypoints, courses, activities and collections you can sync to your device
  • Pair with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, and use them to send and receive messages and trigger an SOS (active satellite subscription required)

This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

Spot Gen 4 Satellite GPS Messenger | Handheld Portable GPS Messenger for Hiking, Camping, Outdoor Activities | Globalstar Satellite Network Coverage | Subscription Applicable
  • MEANT FOR ADVENTURE: Spot Gen4 provides critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond cell towers; Let family know you're ok or push the SOS button to send your GPS to emergency responders if you need help
  • NO CELL PHONE OR SERVICE-NO PROBLEM: With the Tracking feature Gen4 can transmit location updates when you are moving and when you stop; Keep one in your child's backpack for the walk home
  • GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE & SPOT products use GPS to determine location and transmit GPS coordinates to others; SPOT users can notify friends, family or emergency rescue their exact GPS coordinates
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Spot Gen4 device, Strap and Carabiner, USB Cable, Batteries and quick start guide; Subscription required; Two service plans available
  • PURCHASE, ACTIVATE, EXPLORE: Grab a Spot Gen4; Activate by selecting your service plan; Get out there and explore the world with peace of mind

This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

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