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Old 03-21-2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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Garmin - Map Detail

I'm starting to think this might be the search for the holy grail.....

I'm considering a garmin GPS receiver, the intention is nav for off-road tracks, mainly in VIC. I've been looking at shonky and T4A map data for some of the rides I've done previously and I'm a bit disappointed that the tracks don't show.

Looking at google maps shows far more data. Example is looking for Barber Hill Tk, off of Mt Beenak Rd, straight off the Yarra Junction-Noojee Rd:

37.83188 S145.6709 E

In Shonky and T4A I see the below which only shows Mt Beenak Rd (The unanmed Track)




In google maps I see both tracks:




Before I shell out for a GPS receiver I'd like to know if there is a garmin map dataset thats going to give me the detail I see in google maps (or at least better than shonky and T4A). I realise commercial data is probably better but its hard to get examples, so if anyone has any maps that do show that level of detail can you post up a pic of the same area so I can compare?

Similarly if I'm chasing the impossible let me know .....

I've checked other riding areas with similar results ..... just can't see the tracks I've been riding ... and most are 4wd tracks rather than 'bike trails'.

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Old 03-21-2009, 01:30 AM   #2
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This is OZtopo V2.1;




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Old 03-22-2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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OZTopo seems to have every goat track known to man and dog.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:25 AM   #4
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OZTopo seems to have every goat track known to man and dog.
Yeah - best I've seen so far..... saying that, though, the Navman I have in the cage for street nav shows quite a few of the 4wd tracks that shonky and T4A don't

Problem solved anyways - went for a GPSMAP 60cx and OzTopo from GPSOz.

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Old 04-03-2009, 06:05 PM   #5
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OZTopo seems to have every goat track known to man and dog.
spoilt in SA, have some updates for GPSOZ (will sus them out)

out here we use the GPS to waypoint NEW tracks and then back home check on google earth sat to get a visual and find where they go, if good then WP on Gamin & go see !!

some of these tracks are geo's (mining exploration) some made by locals and some are horse and cart ??? ye olde !!!

I said SPOILT in SA








this is where we made a 7km warm up circut and 6 camps latter we are still finding more old tracks out the back !!

google earth - yeh




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Old 04-04-2009, 11:43 PM   #6
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I use the satelite images to check that the tracks are actually there before I set off on longer rides. It's neat to overlay the rides afterwards onto the sat. images too. Very handy.
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I use the satelite images to check that the tracks are actually there before I set off on longer rides. It's neat to overlay the rides afterwards onto the sat. images too. Very handy.
4 sure !!!

no street signs or servo's
and finding tracks that are 4WD free

sat phone and laptop on the "handle bars" well maybe not ???


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