Basecamp Mapsource elevation profile problem

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by wbbnm, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have been trying to plot elevation profiles for a track I have thru the mountains in southern Utah.

    Neither Mapsource or Basecamp give an accurate profile. Mapsource is closer to reality than Basecamp.

    When I manually look at elevations in the track I can see where it goes over 10k ft in places.

    Basecamp shows it going from 6500 to 7500 ft with basically two flat lines.

    I have tried viewing the profile with 3 mapsets - Topo West, Topo 24k, and even City Navigator all with the same results.

    Any suggestions about what might be the problem?

    Edit: I found the problem. There is virtually no elevation data in the track. I created most of it from a route using WinGDB3. I must have spliced in a small section of a real track with elevation data. But Basecamp spread this elevation data out over the entire track in creating the graph.

    When I create a route in Basecamp, I get a good elevation plot.
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  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Track elevation data comes from information that you record along with the track.

    So as you found, if you draw one on the computer, it will not be present.
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  3. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I found that if I created a route using Topo24k and then convert that to a track in Basecamp, I do get elevation information.

    I suspect it would also work in Topo West, but one would have to manually put in all the points since autorouting isn't supported.

    I normally create routes using City Navigator, but it doesn't have elevation info. So none gets put in the tracks.
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