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Just purchased Garmin 450

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Offline Arlon

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Just purchased Garmin 450
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:56:55 AM »
Loaded a free Texas topo map that seems to have plenty of details for my needs. Now I need to learn how to get the custom maps loaded. I really want to get all of the BBR SP trails in there and then the BB NP angd Guadalupes too.. Anyopne else used the custom map features on one of this series of Garmins?
Stop, click, stop, click, click, stop, click.....

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Offline dougstar

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Re: Just purchased Garmin 450
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 07:17:08 PM »
I have the Garmin Dakota 20.   I started with a free map (forget where I got it off the web) and then got the Garmin Texas 24k map.

Followed up with the Birds Eye from Garmin.   The Texas Topo is good and has the trails.   The Birds Eye is OK,  not as detailed as Google Earth but kind of fun.   The 450 is bigger than the dakota I think so the Birds Eye is probably better on it.

Some screen shots from Base Camp software are attached.
- Free map
- Texas Topo 24K
- Topo with Birds Eye
- Birds eye 3D looking down laguna trail to basin

The Topo shows at least some BBSP roads and trails.   They are not labelled.
I can send some clips of that area if you like.

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: Just purchased Garmin 450
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 01:55:15 PM »
Just awsome Dougstar...very nice graphics too....good for you, :eusa_clap:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Just purchased Garmin 450
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 09:17:07 PM »
I got to thinking maybe I did not answer the question about custom maps.

I think you are referring to clipping out of Google Earth and getting that info into the Garmin.

This youtube shows how to do it on a Mac.   There are others for PC.



It is pretty interesting.  You clip the area you want out of Google (or any other image) and then stretch and move the image until it matches the Google Earth image perfectly.  Then you export it to kml files and put that into your Garmin.

When I went Colorado Bend State Park I could not find any tracks of the trails.  I took the electronic version of the park trail map, brought it into google,  made it match up with the river and roads in GE.  then exported kml to the Garmin.   

It worked amazingly well.   It did make a custom track by tracing over the trails in Base Camp.

 


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