Maps & apps for GPS

05 May 2009 23:53 #435 by Jimbo
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Before I cough money to buy topo mapping for my new gps,has amyone used the Garmap topo mapping for the berg and is it any good?

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06 May 2009 08:55 #438 by intrepid
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For me it's been a very worthwhile investment and I use it extensively for planning and actively navigating in the Berg and in Lesotho. The actual topographic layer is based on the government survey maps from both countries concerned. The KZN Wildlife Berg hiking maps are also based on the survey maps and so you will find the topographic features to be identical with the Garmin map. And the topography is very accurate.

When it comes to Berg waypoints such as peaks, passes and caves, these are firstly limited, and secondly, often inaccurate. This has not bothered me much since I don't use my GPS to tell me which peak I've just climbed, or which pass I'm looking for :) . Roads are indicated where applicable, though hiking trails are not represented. The downloads available on this site are a good compliment to the Garmap topo map.

In short, if you are a map freak like me, go and buy it!

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07 May 2009 10:04 #440 by Stijn
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Intrepid - if you're a map freak, you should come Orienteering... the next meet is at Pelindaba (near Hartbeespoort Dam) on 17 May. Courses vary from 2.5km to 8.2km - lots of fun running (or even just hiking) through the bush :)

Entries close on 10 May: www.racorienteers.co.za

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07 May 2009 14:33 - 07 May 2009 14:35 #441 by black 90
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Hi All,

Which handheld is considered the dogs' for Berg Hiking?

Thinking of updating my old Vista for something that I can put contoured maps etc onto, and hopefully use with SA streetmaps for road travel...that said, is it possible (or maybe i should ask HOW possible) to get trails uploaded(eg: G/Traverse)?

Thanks in advance.
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08 May 2009 08:48 - 08 May 2009 08:52 #442 by intrepid
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@ Stijn - thanks, sounds like fun!

@ Mike - I use an old, battered, hard-working eTrex Legend C which still does the job. From what I've seen, I'd go for a Vista HCx or a Colorado if I had to upgrade. The "H" standing for higher sensitivity, and "x" indicating that it has a removable memory chip for extra storage. The "C" indicates a colour screen. The Colorado seems to be the latest greatest, though I would not say that it is a must have. It does cost, and its advantages may not necessarily be applicable to the Berg (like the 3D/shading effect) in the short term (though I think these features will catch up).

You need Garmin MapSource for a computer to interact with the GPS. You would use the application to load map sets and GPS data in the form of tracks and waypoints. Note the GPX downloads on this site can be loaded in MapSource. If one wanted to have trails, peaks caves etc loaded as an additional layer (as interactive map features) to the topo map (as opposed to simply being saved waypoints and tracks) then there are a number of different of advanced applications available (OziExplorer, cGPSmapper, GPSMapEdit etc.) to make a custom map.

I have not seen a combination of an outdoor navigator and a fancy street navigator yet (like the NĂ¼vi). One can of course get a basic navigation visual on Legends or Vistas by loading the Africa Road Atlas.

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08 May 2009 10:15 #443 by black 90
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Thanks Chris,

You're a wealth of info!:cheer:

Any feedback on the Oregon 300? Same price as the Colerado, but has SA streetmaps etc.
Mate of mine used his on our recent trip to Moz...had tracks for africa working nicely.

As you say though, shaded contours not ideal.
Will keep looking and post any interesting feedback.

Cheers

http://www.garmin.co.za/prod_detail.php?productid=272&categoryid=2&subcategoryid=8

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10 May 2009 20:41 #444 by intrepid
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Looks like a handsome unit, along with a handsome price! Will keep ears open for that one. I like the 3D features, and the SD card size it comes with is nice. Just wonder if it really would tolerate the amount of knocks, scuffing and water my current one has had to endure!

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15 May 2012 09:21 #53874 by plouw
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What sotware do i need to create my own custom map from a .gdb file i downloaded? I am planning to climb Peak Formosa, at 1675m the highest in the Tsitsikamma mountains, but can't find a detailed map. I've loaded the .gdb file into google earth, but i need to overlay it onto a contour map. Is there no way to import the file into google maps perhaps?

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15 May 2012 10:00 #53876 by intrepid
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What is in that GDB file? Tracks and waypoints? Convert the GDB into GPX and then into Garmin IMG using GPX2IMG:
www.gpx2img.com/
This little program is really handy and does all the dirty work for you, including getting the IMG file registered as a map layer in MapSource. From there you can load it onto your GPS.

Are you trying to get a contour layer too? OziExplorer...you'll need to calibrate the contour image with known waypionts.

You can load KMZ or KML into Google Maps: create your own map and the click on import.

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08 Jul 2012 16:55 #54588 by Fitness
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hi Guys
i have a Garmin GPSmap62 and i was wondering which are the best maps to buy for it? i have downloaded all the available waypoints off the VE site for caves and passes,
any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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