Drakensberg GPS maps
The updated map gives the following:
- DEM data is now included in the map (thanks to an upgrade to the program I use to complie the map, MKGMAP). This means hillshading works which some people may like. To me the biggest improvement is that if you create a route, it will now not only show you a profile, but can add up the cumulated ascent/descent.
- I have extended the map area slightly. So, instead of showing half the Skyrun, you now get the entire route. And there is enough coverage up north to ensure that all options for the X-Berg challenge are covered as well
- A whole lot of extra peaks, paths and such like
- An improved symbol set and a more streamlined POI index so that you can find what you want
- A few extra things that I am sure you will find soon enough
The map now comes in 3 flavours:
- the original .exe file for use on a Windows machine running Basecamp, here
- an .img file that can be saved directly to your device and can be used by Mac users, here
- an OSMAnd version for Android phones, here .
was this with the paid for version?
MarkT wrote: Thanks Andrew, I have them installed on OSMAnd, it's necessary to deactivate the standard SA map first and then choose "Offline Vector maps" and then zoom up to the berg and they show up. These are a great addition to the maps quiver. Thanks!
If you do that, then of course you can just use the osmand contour maps for kzn and lesotho instead of my files. I had hoped to provide a work around for people without the addin, but it does not help.
Yes the standard contour maps for Lesotho and Kzn does provide tracks ect but I installed your map and it works along side the osmand vector maps. I compared it with what osmand vector maps shows and what your map shows. Your map adds alot more details and paths not on the osmand vector maps.
Thank you. Its a great addition to osmand. Im giving it a good test run this coming weekend.
Upto Basecamp everything was on track and looked great.
However I could not get the maps installed on to my GPS via Basecamp.
After trying and retrying the instructions I returned to the old faithfull MapSource, and oldly enough it worked.
I have been able install my "driveing maps" and the "Drankensberg maps" at the same time.
I think it may have something to do with
1) My GPS - Garmin 60CSX is over 12 years old. (and it is still good for a few more years! - (but during this whole episode I confess to have looked at the 64s - to my shame)
2) My basecamp did notlook llike Andrews - the map loading sequence appears diffently the instructions - despite try to update basecamp.
Anyway moral of the story if at first you dont succeed - go back to basics and start again.
Thanks Andrew - hopefully spot you in the mountains!
That said I have never been so lost than since I got a GPS. At least I found my way back - my wife would have killed me otherwise.
So we have been able to field test these maps on our "vintage" GPSMAP60CSX and can report we had a great time!
- The Drakensberg maps replaced our "driving maps" and had to be turned of for the final part of our journey to aid navigation.
- The maps once turn on in hiking mode worked a treat.
- I just wished that we could route VIA on our GPS. It wants to take the fastest or the shortest route... we want neither!