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Caltopo
« on: August 31, 2014, 10:13:28 AM »
So I have just found the Caltopo.com site and find it maybe the easiest of the online mapping sites so far.  Their very crisp maps have been available on other sites for a while (like Gmap4 ) and originally only covered CA but now the whole country.

It is the only one that I have found that you can free hand draw routes and it makes printing maps really easy by saving them as PDFs.  For Big Bend and Utah I have the now discontinued Nat. Geo TOPO! software which works well doing these tasks but have been looking for an online way to do it for trips not in Texas or Utah.

Especially the map printing as I now get maps printed, double sided, on 11"X17" paper at FedEx.  trimmed a bit and folded in quarters they fit nicely in a quart Ziplock bag.  Much cheaper and lighter than buying and carrying all the topos for a long trip like this years Down the Eastern Side., the maps in that report are what my printed copies look like.  It would have taken 4-6, 7.5 minute quads at $8 a piece or maybe $40 at Topozone.com for a custom map, instead it was 4 pieces of paper and like $10.

Check it out, also GPS friendly too.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Offline dougstar

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
Looks great.   I am going to Devils River soon and these will be great.  So sorry Garmin!!   Do you upload directly into your GPS somehow or use Google earth overlay?

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Re: Caltopo
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014, 05:46:35 AM »
So sorry Garmin!!   Do you upload directly into your GPS somehow or use Google earth overlay?

I am not a GPS expert, far from it, but in his attached blog posts and I think in other places he talks about Garmin compatibility and how to do it.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Offline Homer67

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Re: Caltopo
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 04:00:19 PM »
Awesome!

Thanks ME!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

 


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