Garmin - Map Detail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by Sloth, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Sloth

    Sloth de do do dat don't de do?

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    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)

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    In google maps I see both tracks:

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    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'.

    Ta,

    Dave
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  2. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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  3. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    OZTopo seems to have every goat track known to man and dog.
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  4. Sloth

    Sloth de do do dat don't de do?

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    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 :huh

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

    Can't wait for the postie to turn up :D
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  5. desert dog

    desert dog scrub basher

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    spoilt in SA, have some updates for GPSOZ (will sus them out):ear

    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 !!:clap

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

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    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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  6. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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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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  7. desert dog

    desert dog scrub basher

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    4 sure !!!:evil

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

    sat phone and laptop on the "handle bars":eek1 well maybe not ???

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