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Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS

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Offline Lance

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2016, 02:03:11 PM »
Another advantage of using the GPS is that you can tag your photos with the lat/long coordinates based off your track log (as long as you synch the time on both camera and gps). I use Lightroom for this but there are other tools to do it. In Lightroom I can import the track log and display in the map view. The photos show up along the track log as icons and you can click them to pop them up.

+1 on that. A handy feature of Lightroom.

Just make sure you sync the clock on the camera to GPS time...camera clocks drift...GPS time doesn't.

Yep, that sure makes it easier later. There is a time offset feature, but the granularity isn't that great. Better to just sync them up beforehand.

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2016, 07:43:10 PM »
Alright you GPS nerds, I want in your club.   I can make a route in Google earth.  I can get the route into garmin Basecamp.  What I can't do is get a good topo map of BB into BaseCamp.  I have been here https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/ and downloaded the Texas map, but it does not show up in BaseCamp.  After going a bunch of places, it seems that my problem is the computer will not recognize the .img files and get them to BaseCamp.  It should just "show up " there, but it doesn't.  Anyone have another topo map that I can try to download?  Is caltopo a good map for the gps?
 I went with the etrex 30.

I know...I know.   Big questions for a little mind like mine.
First Russian Collusion, then Obstruction, then illegal payment to Stormy Daniels, then tax returns subpoenaed. Now no formal vote on impeachment for a 30 min. phone call to Ukraine

No crime. No evidence, just more secret investigations

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2016, 10:22:57 PM »
Did you install the 131-9248-texas_topo_install.exe to your computer? I think the installer finds your Basecamp installation. Once that's done, the map should be available through the Maps menu item in Basecamp. Then you can use the Maps > Install Maps feature to send the map to your eTrex30.

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Offline Lance

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2016, 10:25:53 PM »
I'll email you my custom Big Bend 24K Topo for the Garmin tomorrow.  Better than the one on GPS file depot.

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Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2016, 10:39:03 PM »
"And there's the crutch argument. That we will lose our innate orienteering skills to the modern crutch of gps."
You could make the same argument for leaving the map and compass at home too. Just navigate by intuition, right?


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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2016, 11:12:06 PM »
You could ask me. Modestly....this is the best you'll find

https://mirrormagic.com/2011/01/14/big-bend-topo/

Request on my blog and I'll fix you up good.

I have Windows 7, 10, and Mac versions for BaseCamp
« Last Edit: October 28, 2016, 11:20:00 PM by badknees »
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #36 on: October 28, 2016, 11:16:28 PM »
Alright you GPS nerds, I want in your club.   I can make a route in Google earth.  I can get the route into garmin Basecamp.  What I can't do is get a good topo map of BB into BaseCamp.  I have been here https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/ and downloaded the Texas map, but it does not show up in BaseCamp.  After going a bunch of places, it seems that my problem is the computer will not recognize the .img files and get them to BaseCamp.  It should just "show up " there, but it doesn't.  Anyone have another topo map that I can try to download?  Is caltopo a good map for the gps?
 I went with the etrex 30.

I know...I know.   Big questions for a little mind like mine.

If you're running windows 10, the old installer from gpsfiledepot won't work.
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Through the Mirror
http://mirrormagic.com

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Offline elhombre

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2016, 08:04:13 AM »
Yes, I am running windows 10.  I resisted for a long time the "allowing" of the Windows people to install it on my system till one day it just updated itself.  " You Will Submit!"

I have run the .exe file from gpsfidedepot a few times and it will down load for 6 minutes or so, (I get a blistering 5MB/sec at home), but nothing showed up in Basecamp.  Sounds like it still won't run in Windows 10 correctly as BK suggested.  I work today and we pay extra for Google fiber, so I will download anything y'all have when I am there.  Much faster!  Thanks for all the help.

Another quick question, I purchased a 32 GB "SanDisc Ultra micro " for all the wonderful maps I can load on the thing.  Some people talked about having to format the chip.  I know you have to format a brand new hard drive that spins around, but do I have to format this solid state memory chip?
First Russian Collusion, then Obstruction, then illegal payment to Stormy Daniels, then tax returns subpoenaed. Now no formal vote on impeachment for a 30 min. phone call to Ukraine

No crime. No evidence, just more secret investigations

Drain the Swamp.  America will survive.  God Bless America

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2016, 08:14:39 AM »
Yes, I am running windows 10.  I resisted for a long time the "allowing" of the Windows people to install it on my system till one day it just updated itself.  " You Will Submit!"

I have run the .exe file from gpsfidedepot a few times and it will down load for 6 minutes or so, (I get a blistering 5MB/sec at home), but nothing showed up in Basecamp.  Sounds like it still won't run in Windows 10 correctly as BK suggested.  I work today and we pay extra for Google fiber, so I will download anything y'all have when I am there.  Much faster!  Thanks for all the help.

Another quick question, I purchased a 32 GB "SanDisc Ultra micro " for all the wonderful maps I can load on the thing.  Some people talked about having to format the chip.  I know you have to format a brand new hard drive that spins around, but do I have to format this solid state memory chip?

The older files on gpsfiledepot do NOT write the registry entries required for Windows 10. You should just uninstall that version and go to this link . https://mirrormagic.com/2011/01/14/big-bend-topo/


I will respond and get you fixed up.

And no, you don't have to format the mircro sd, but make sure the 32 gb card is recognized by the GPS....I'm pretty sure my older 60CSX doesn't recognize cards that big.
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Through the Mirror
http://mirrormagic.com

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #39 on: October 29, 2016, 08:52:24 AM »
Words of experience!  Yes, I now see on the Garmin website the largest size card it will use is a 8GB.  My 32 is too big.  And the learning curve steepens....... On the brighter side, I can't say I'm told something I have is too big very often.   :eusa_dance:
« Last Edit: October 29, 2016, 10:00:32 AM by elhombre »
First Russian Collusion, then Obstruction, then illegal payment to Stormy Daniels, then tax returns subpoenaed. Now no formal vote on impeachment for a 30 min. phone call to Ukraine

No crime. No evidence, just more secret investigations

Drain the Swamp.  America will survive.  God Bless America

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Offline badknees

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #40 on: October 29, 2016, 10:11:04 AM »
Words of experience!  Yes, I now see on the Garmin website the largest size card it will use is a 8GB.  My 32 is too big.  And the learning curve steepens....... On the brighter side, I can't say I'm told something I have is too big very often.   :eusa_dance:

If I remember correctly, I'm using a 4 gb card. The full map I have is less than 25 mb. Even if you save 100's of track files to card, that's a lot of space. A  dayhike round trip to the South Rim is less than 300k.
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Through the Mirror
http://mirrormagic.com

 


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