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    09-12-2012, 10:53 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I'd say the Legend Hcx will probably be discontinued soon as it's been out for quite awhile now.

The 30 seems to be somewhat similar and would be a good choice in my opinion.

You can download mapsource and topo maps at GPSFileDepot - Free Custom Garmin Maps, Ximage hosting, tutorials, articles and more for your GPSr

No need to buy maps unless you just feel the need.

Gunslinger, could you give me an overview in maps? If I am focusing on private trails within wilderness terrain, what style map is best?

What are the benefits of a topo map?
     
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    09-12-2012, 11:20 PM
  #22
Trained
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    09-12-2012, 11:27 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Topo maps show terrain detail. Rise and fall in elevation by the use of contour lines, creeks, swamps, and other features.

A road map doesn't show you the hill is tall, that the elevation changes 1000 feet in 500 feet of travel etc.

How to Read Topo Maps

http://www.maps-gps-info.com/topo-maps.html

Topo maps are what you want in a wilderness area.

You need to set the device to use the correct datum (a mathmatical formula that is used to determine the center of the earth and the projection of points on to a sphere to greatly over simply the term) (usually nad27, but each topo map references what datum was used to create the map).

Lat and Long have long been used but is very difficult to use in conjunction with a paper map. UTM or Universal Tranverse Mercator is a metric grid, very easy to use, and is accurate to within a few meters which is why a modified UTM system is used by the military and especially in artillery.

Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have the entire SE, USGS, 1:24,000 quadangle topo maps installed on my gps but I still take a paper map which gives a better perspective as it's much larger than the small display on a gps. Also, if the batteries die, or the gps quits working I still have a map but have to rely on feature identification and cross referencing to determine my position using the map and compass.

Like anything else, the more you put into learning how to use it, the more you get out of it when you really, really, need it.

We ride a fair amount in the mountians of East Tennessee/N. Georgia which contains the Big Frog and Cohutta Wilderness areas. Combined these wilderness areas make it the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi. Needless to say, it's very remote. Getting lost and not being aware of ones position can have unpleasant consequences.

Most days we ride we never meet another person and even on the more popular trails it's usually several hours between sighting other riders.

We love it because of that, but should something happen help isn't close by.
     
    09-12-2012, 11:40 PM
  #24
Yearling
Wow. Thank you. That helped a great deal.
     
    09-13-2012, 01:15 AM
  #25
Yearling
I got the basic modal
     
    09-13-2012, 05:40 PM
  #26
Yearling
Looking forward to hearing what you think of your new toy as you become familiar with it. I currently ride with a Garmin Forerunner 205 which works fine for what I need, but always interested in a newer, shinier toy.
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    09-13-2012, 08:34 PM
  #27
Green Broke
We're headed to the Great Smokey Mountains next week to do some riding out of the Cataloochee horse camp.

I've been reviewing the topo's for the last couple of hours, highlighting the trails in red. This is a trip where gps, maps and compass will really come in handy.

I'll carry one, my wife the other.
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    09-13-2012, 10:28 PM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
Looking forward to hearing what you think of your new toy as you become familiar with it. I currently ride with a Garmin Forerunner 205 which works fine for what I need, but always interested in a newer, shinier toy.
So far I am liking it. But I am having a really hard time understanding how to add maps and use the desktop map software. I also read where Google World can be incorporated.

I need to get a good track to upload to my computer.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:30 PM
  #29
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
We're headed to the Great Smokey Mountains next week to do some riding out of the Cataloochee horse camp.

I've been reviewing the topo's for the last couple of hours, highlighting the trails in red. This is a trip where gps, maps and compass will really come in handy.

I'll carry one, my wife the other.
I really enjoyed visiting the GSM years ago. I would love to trail ride there.
     
    09-14-2012, 10:44 AM
  #30
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by AQHSam    
So far I am liking it. But I am having a really hard time understanding how to add maps and use the desktop map software. I also read where Google World can be incorporated.

I need to get a good track to upload to my computer.
Actually, part of the problem is there is only a 10 page instruction manual. (when there is so much more not explained).

If you add a 2gb microsd card you should be able to load a pretty hefty amount of maps, and I suggest if you haven't already done it then do this first.

Then:

Download and install mapsource on your computer from How To Install MapSource If It Didn't Come With Your GPS - GPSFileDepot if it didn't come with your unit.

Then look here: How To Load Maps On My Garmin GPS Unit - GPSFileDepot

The root is: Tutorials & Articles - GPSFileDepot
Lots of good stuff here.

Also, there's some pretty good information at the forum here: Groundspeak Forums
     

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