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Da Bloodhound
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:45 am    Post subject: Topo Trail Maps? Reply with quote

Has anyone "built" their own topo trail maps?
I was wondering about using a USGS topo map and overlaying trail tracks from the Garmin 60CSx and then adding trail designations and POIs to the final product.
I was looking for suggestions for access to the map database, trail/POI symbols and ways to add text.
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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: Topo Trail Maps? Reply with quote

Da Bloodhound wrote:
Has anyone "built" their own topo trail maps?
I was wondering about using a USGS topo map and overlaying trail tracks from the Garmin 60CSx and then adding trail designations and POIs to the final product.
I was looking for suggestions for access to the map database, trail/POI symbols and ways to add text.
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I have built trail maps before myself, but it was painful and time consuming. I don't have the steps handy, but I think if you google for the steps you'll find them. I had to render the files in a few different programs before I could import them into MapSource. You will want to create files that can be loaded into MapSource. My understanding is this isn't a requirement to get a map into your gps though. MapSource then becomes your "backup" in case you do something foolish like I did and update your gps from a different computer. You will lose any additional maps when you do that, something I wasn't aware of.

I hope that helps, at least it should get you going in the right direction.

Good Luck!
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look here:

http://www.gpssledmaps.com/guide/
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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
Take a look here:

http://www.gpssledmaps.com/guide/

I'll give that a try. Thanks!
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Da Bloodhound
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:00 am    Post subject: maps Reply with quote

Thanks Guys

I guess I wasn't specific enough in my request for information but will see if the link provided can fill the void between my ears.

I am ultimately hoping to put a 8-1/2 by 11 paper map together to help out with the local school kids in the school district forest/recreational area.

Happy Holidays to All.

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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: maps Reply with quote

Da Bloodhound wrote:
Thanks Guys

I guess I wasn't specific enough in my request for information but will see if the link provided can fill the void between my ears.

I am ultimately hoping to put a 8-1/2 by 11 paper map together to help out with the local school kids in the school district forest/recreational area.

Happy Holidays to All.

DB Very Happy


Unfortunately, you would most likely need a GIS application....and those aren't cheap. That would allow you to render the data and edit it as you see fit.
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