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Overland1

Administrator
Staff member
What do you use to plan a trip?

I'm a "digital" and rarely use books anymore. I spent time download all the GPX files from Traildamage.com and imported them into Garmin Basecamp. Basecamp itself is free to download and use but you do have to pay for the maps. I have the 24k Topo for Colorado and it does a great job, map quality is great and accuracy is pretty good. When I import a GPX into Basecamp from Trail Damage I enter the name of the trail as well as the rating, for example Bangs Canyon 4-7 that way I have a reference when I'm planning.

Having all the GPX files loaded at once makes it easy to see how trails can connect. From there I use the routing tool to connect the trails and setup the trip how I want. When I'm happy I export the trip as another GPX file and import it into my tablet and Backcountry Navigator. I use BCN to download maps for offline use and then I'm ready to hit the trail.
 

jerdog53

Moderator
That is the way I do it, but without the tablet. I will also use google earth to get a feel of a place and or destination and create a route in Basecamp from that and then send that to the Montana to navigate on.
There is plenty of You tube videos on using Basecamp so watch and learn.
 

ExplorerTom

Well-Known Member
I'm a bit more old school. I research the areas/trails and then create a map in Google Maps. I then print out the important sections and carry them with me.

But that was when I had a job that I could get away with spending that kind of time planning trips. Now it's tougher. And now I don't have an actual computer at home to make those maps in Google. I'll probably use my COBDR map and MVUM and Traildamage.
 

overlandjeep

Moderator
New player in the tablet navigation world, a little company called Delorme :)


iOS and droid apps and I am downloading the world map now



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jerdog53

Moderator
I pulled down the Hema Explorer app yesterday and will be using it this week and will report back here. Initial impressions are very favorable!
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
I like both of them but have been hesitant to buy them. Looking forward to feedback.

I am currently using the copilot app and it worked really well offline in the grand staircase.
 
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jerdog53

Moderator
I'm still on the fence with it! I have only used it twice and the one time really didn't count. It doesn't zoom or have the detail I would like to see like the 262 road Lew and I were on in the Grand Mesa didn't show up which was disappointing. But then it covers all of North America so its a fairly substantial file.
 

overlandjeep

Moderator
I can say I used the Delores for a 2000 mile trip with my dad and it's awesome as a backup to Gaia but it is raster so not as great of detail but works well.


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