But, during my 2010 paddling season, I was lamenting the fact that I did not have a GPS device with me when paddling - both for navigation and safety reasons. But that has all changed now!
Today, I was poking around Blackberry App World and discovered GPS Tool - a free GPS application! So, I downloaded and installed the app on my Blackberry... enabled my built-in phone GPS... fired up GPS Tool and in less than 45 seconds... GPS Tool was displaying my latitude, longitude, altitude, heading, and speed... accurate to within 4 meters! Wow! It can also display basic street maps!
Now, since I always carry my phone (in a water proof bag) when paddling... my "newly discovered" GPS will be with me too! The Durhamblogger just got a little more safer while paddling!
Post Update (2/17/2011)
Thanks to the BaffinPaddler and her recent comments, I was motivated to investigate more GPS apps for my Blackberry! ;-) So, I returned to Blackberry App World and discovered GPS Find... an app for marking and managing way points, and navigating to those locations with a compass. It is made by Tworoads Software, the same software company that made my GPS Tool app! GPS Find was not free, but at $4.99 ($5.23 with tax), I thought it was a good bargain.
GPS Find not only displays location, speed, heading, distance, and bearing... it also has a customizable main screen, a Wind Rose style compass and a way point manager. It even has a Night Vision setting (red lettering on a black back ground) and a back light option for low light environments!
I'm pretty pumped with my new navigation / safety gadget! Now I just have to watch my battery life and keep it from getting wet while paddling!