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Sony has one thast attaches to your camera, helps keep track of where you were when you shot your pics; and I think CanoNikon may have them soon.
I just made the plunge and purchased a 60CSx. I bought the North American road maps but balked at the $100+ price for the National Parks Central when all I need is Big Bend. So am trying the link that Badnees posted to create my own topos. While I still take the topo paper maps along I like having the GPS as a confirmation of where I'm at (or think I'm at) especially when traveling the Sierra Quemada where washes don't always show up on the maps. Plus having the ability to track speed and projected arrival is nice to have as well as some of the other features.Quite frankly a GPS is just faster when it comes to navigation. I love looking at maps and figuring out the routes but I like the simplicity of using the GPS. What I really like about the 60CSx is that it is cross functional and can serve as a route navigator. I do some cycling and this feature will really come in handy when out in the country on unfamiliar roads. Mounted on the handlebars it will be easier to reference that a small map that you have to stop to look at. While on vacation, it as the ability to pull up business locations to find a place to eat!
Thanks Badknees. I just finished making a small test map and loaded successfully to the unit. I have an older version of the Trails Illustrated so I believe I can create .gpx files with that but I don't know for sure. I'm not too concerned about having the trails since I've hiked most of them already. I'm looking forward to starting on the park.One question- when you create your maps, how much of an area do you do at one time?Cjacob- I'm in San Antonio.
Question... Do you intend to run these in Mapsource as well as yr GPS unit?
QuoteQuestion... Do you intend to run these in Mapsource as well as yr GPS unit?That's what I used to upload the map to the GPS.I did not notice the 7.5 minute template on the USGS Seamless site but I'll take a look at it. 40 files, isn't that pretty much the whole park?I also have not downloaded any of the water feature data, or trail/roads but plan on it.
Badknees, I have some additional questions. First off, what are the values you use to create the minor, intermediate, and major contours in Dem2Topo? I'm playing around with it am interested in what you feel works best.Also, where did you get the trails and campsites that were in the snapshot you posted of the South Rim? Was this from the data on the Geocom website.Thanks! Robert
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