Make a track part of the base map?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by TroySmith, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. TroySmith

    TroySmith Adventurer

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    If i go treking around trails up in the woods, that are not on my map, and keep a track log of where i've been, is there any way to make that track a permanent part of a map set?

    What i mean is, can i then designate that track as being a permanent trail and make it part of the map, instead of just being a track?
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  2. John E Davies

    John E Davies Runs at Mouth Adventurer

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    Not unless you work for Garmin - that is part of the basic programming of the base map and it's not user defineable.

    John Davies
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  3. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    In no way am I suggesting you do this, but... I think you could edit the actual maps and add the info in permanantly. Try reading more here. This is something I would not try without backing up your maps, user beware, may ruin maps, yada, yada, yada.
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  4. jlpred

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    WOW. That's about the coolest thing I've seen. I wonder if you could use that similar thinking to solve the other guys problem with level of detail vs zoom range.....
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  5. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    The link provide by bitterjoe is vary valuable but I don't think it is what TroySmith was asking for. Yes, one can create personal non-routing maps like TOPOs with user defined data and MapSource will upload them to the GPS without fear of corrupting any of the Base Map data - a feature that has been in place for many years now.

    But, John E Davis reply was unfortunately the right answer. You can not modify the Map Set data provided by Garmin without hacking into that data set - not recommended and also violates the Garmin License Agreement.
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  6. rwamf

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    The Delorme Handhel PN-20 Gps is the only one that I know of that will allow you to do this, It is a very neat feature, You can also add routable roads, trails to your maps, You just add all your tracks or add all the tracks from other people ( downloaded "gpx" files) to your maps on the PC and then cut your maps to the "SD" card and all your tracks show up as a draw layer on the GPS, with names and all, Very cool,
    Pros: Great maps, Savable Draw layers, Very viewable screen, Able to save Tracks at Full resolution (up to 10 @10,000 points each), Availble SAT- Aerial Imagery.
    Cons: Too small of a screen,( same size as the E-Trex line) VERY Slow auto-routing,
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  7. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    Well, I believe it does explain (somewhere) how to edit an actual Mapsource map and it will work, but you will lose your ability to auto-route. And yes, it violates the Garmin License Agreement, hence my "In no way am I suggesting you do this".

    Anyways, it seems way too labor intensive to even bother with unless this is something you really need. Plus, why screw up your maps?

    I keep hoping Garmin will just have a firmware release that allows unlimited tracks/routes stored on your memory card. Problem solved.
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  8. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    I can't wait until Delorme further develops their GPS units, new models, etc. I love their maps and their GPS product looks promising.
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