Mapsource topo database question

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by DirtyOldMan, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    i guess I have a cave man version (3.02). It came with my old etrex unit purchased 2001ish. I've been using it in a 60csx.

    I like being able to see the natl. forests outlined in green, helps me keep from trespassing. This weekend I noticed a discrepancy, (southern MO, Mark Twain natl forest.) Got home and compared it to a Park Service map on line and my database is missing most of the MO natl forests.

    Did the mapsource updates through Garmin but I don't think that will do anything for the database. I'm just now able to grasp the difference between the Mapsource "program" and the Topo "database" so please bear with me.

    I see that there is a 2008 version available, $70 bucks through campmor.
    Don't mind spending the dough if it's truly better.

    So I guess after all this drivel my question is, has Garmin made any appreciable improvements in the database? And is 2008 the latest version?

    Thank You
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    If you ride national forests, the real missing data is the results of Travel Management Plans which designated which routes ore open to vehicles. I think it will be a couple of years before good maps (topo or City Nav) which show legal routes.

    However when riding in forests, all routes should be clearly posted open or closed.
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  3. mcnut

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    I can't directly answer your question but on Garmin's site some of the mapsets allow you to preview any area you wish. For the 100k TOPO it's on the "Coverage" tab, the map is interactive. Takes a little practice but set to large & high detail you should be able to preview the areas you find lacking.

    Also

    Not all TOPO's are created equal. I also have an old 100K Topo and was surprised when I bought a Nuvi 500 which comes preloaded with TOPO that only the contour lines and point elevations were included. What I was missing was the "Points of Interest" (POI) database for example mines, springs etc. that are on the standalone CD/DVD.

    Bruce
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    Thanks guys, I'll try the preview, didn't see that when I was looking on their site. It's a small thing really, that could be overcome with a simple road map. The routes I've encountered within the NatForest are indeed marked, I just like looking on the GPS and seeing the park boundaries highlighted. It's been working great in AR but I guess this was the first time I tried that in MO.
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    I have had this problem with military reservations and Wilderness areas in the west. I hand draw a track for the boundary from accurate maps then download track to GPS.
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