New Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I just noticed that JaVaWa was updated to version 1.9 on Sept 24. That would be worth checking out.
  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Nice explanation Emmbeedee.

    BaseCamp does expect it will be able to read the Garmin Maps on the GPS. Unfortunately Garmin Cartography Group have not allowed BaseCamp to read ALL maps - only those Garmin maps that are factory installed (pre-loaded). Fortunately, as you point out, there are smart folks like the ones at JaVaWa.nl that can fix this for us - and BaseCamp.

    Someone needs to take the Garmin Cartography group to the wood shed.

    Cheers,
  3. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    OK, I'm convinced. Will start shopping.

    One final question (for now);
    Does the Montana have fitness functions to monitor heart rate, cadence, etc.?

    I see heart rate straps and cadence sensors in the accessories list for the Montana on their website. But I cannot find anything that definitely states yes or no for these functions.

    If I can use the Montana while running and bicycling in place of my Forerunner wrist unit to monitor and track my rides/runs that would be a bonus.


    JB
  4. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Yes!
    Video here:
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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Regarding mixed routing -- if your direct route shaping point is too close to a defined road or trail, when auto-routed the route will follow the road, then sent a perpendicular line out and back to your off-road shaping point. I'm not sure what the minimum distance from the road you need to exceed, but it's probably a good quarter mile.

    As an example, when comparing GoogleEarth satellite images and the Topo 24K maps (routeable topos), I noticed a section of road next to a stream where the trail on the map followed the stream not the road I could see next to it. I tried to shape the route directly onto the road, and it wouldn't stick.

    For other sections when you have to traverse greater distances where there's no routable road, it's no problem to mix direct and auto-routed shaping points. Note; if you have any part of your route auto-routed, you are limited to 50 shaping points per route.

    Frank & John -- I know we use our GPS's for similar endeavors. I've moved from the 60csx to the Montana, and I like it better. On M9 we had a whole gamash of units including 276's. Some were able to auto-route, some not. Different units had different track and memory limitations.

    What I've found to be the most universal way to share mega-routes / trips like the kind we create is to make a map overlay (.gmap) using IMGfromGPX, of the entire route, and have everyone load it onto their units as a minimum, along with the auto-routes and tracks and waypoints. The map overlay is always visible, and gets around all track and memory limits, and it is exquisitely detailed in how it follows curves and direct-routing sections. It's a technique worth looking into.
  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Thanks. It's amazing how useful JaVaWa is, over and above the Basecamp maps visibility fix. I had JVW check the gpx files on my Montana and it found three corrupt files, files which had always given me problems when I hooked up to the computer. I'd get a 'Basecamp can't read this file' repeatedly, but figured it was just BC being weird as it sometimes can be, but JVW pointed out exactly which files were flawed and removed them for me.

    And when I tried version 1.9 tonight it told me that my most recent lifetime map update to CityNav wasn't set to 'visible' in BC so I fixed that.

    Anyone care that the purchase of the download version of Lifetime Map Updater is $20 off until the end of September from Garmin online? It's $69 vs the normal $89.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a minor rant:

    You've been riding dusty trail. Your Montana is off. You turn it on for the day's ride. You're still a little sore and groggy from yesterday's ride, or maybe from the bourbon in the hot chocolate. You rub your eyes. You squint.

    In the low, morning sun, you notice a thick layer of fine dust on the screen. (Please, tell me I'm not the only one who's done this)...

    As you wait while the unit is firing up, you sweep your gloved hand, or maybe a soft cloth you carry for just such purposes across the screen to wipe away the dust and start the day fresh. Before you know it, it flashes "Do you really want to erase all user data?" and below that "Yes" "No", and then, in a split second before you can stop the motion of your hand.... you've slid it over the "Yes" selection and poof...everything is GONE! :eek1

    :kboomAAK!!!

    I did that not once, but TWICE :twitch in two weeks. :baldy Each time I then spent the first 30 minutes of the day's ride, clutchless shifting while fiddling with the unit with my left hand getting my settings back in order. And yes, I have backup profiles.

    If I could incorporate a simple design tweak to prevent this accidental occurrence, I would disable the "Yes" selection for a 10 second lock-out delay at the "Do you really want to erase all user data?" screen.

    And yes, I freely admit I'm an idiot. Isn't that what idiot-proof design was intended for? :D
  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Interesting, I have tested and tested - in the real world - the Mixed-route capability of Mac-BaseCamp and the Montana. I have not had the experience that you have in not being able to create a Direct section(s) on any NON-Routable map and then activating a routable map under the mixed-route.

    The screenshot below is one of my test routes. This test tries to get the Direct-route to fail by placing the Direct sections within 20ft. of the routable road data. Garmin's algorithm does not "see" below 20ft when it comes to routing. Notice the map scale.

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    On the Montana, the same route under navigation:

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    No problem and the Enabled Map is CNNA 2013.

    I use to create Track overlay maps because of the limitations of the Garmin GPS's. Not any longer. A 10K point Track has some rather high detail. But, it really comes down to the lowest common level of capability when you ride with a group.

    I still do a lot of filtering. :puke1
    Cheers,
  9. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    So, hopefully, everyone knows that none of your personal "data"(i.e, Routes, Tracks, Waypoints, Geocaches, Photos, Shortcuts, Maps, etc) will be lost with a Master Reset. Only the User Settings - which are instantly recoverable after boot by selecting your Custom Profile from the Setup->Profiles list.

    Tip:
    1. If you keep your custom Profile(s) below the top entry in the Profile List (I keep mine at the bottom of the list), you will never overwrite it with the Recreation Profile when there is a Master Reset.

    Oh. . .no Doc, you aren't the only one who's done this. :norton

    Cheers,
  10. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    So a bit of clarifcation, please;
    1) Which Topos are non routable?
    2) Are any of the Topos routable?

    As I understand 100k Topo are non routable.
    24k Topo are routable.

    I want to be able to create mixed mode routes in BCWin ( at least for now until I am convinced the tracks with waypoints and proximity alarms combined with Doc Rock's overlays are a better way to go AND I switch from Win to iOS) so I will go with the non routable Topo.

    BUT

    I am thinking for mountain biking and hiking in remote and unfamiliar areas I may want the routable topo.

    Can both the 100k and 24 k be loaded on the sdCard and selectable?

    Answerin my own question and follow up I imagine that if I switch to the tracks method and abandon routes then the non routable 100k topo becomes redundant.

    Thanks again to all for your support and answers: DRTBYKR, Doc Rock, EMBEEDEE and others.
  11. Emmbeedee

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    I'm in Canada so I don't have any experience with the 100 or 24k Topos of the US, but I do know that both could be loaded to a gps, and selected individually or together, though there's a disadvantage to selecting more than one map at a time so no reason to do so.

    One map will always have priority, and they're not transparent, so detail doesn't aggregate on screen. It's best to create a profile relevant to each map, in my experience, and a shortcut to the profile.
  12. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    I might have figured it out now. I have a Montana and I am using the PC version of BaseCamp. I guess I should be using the direct routing option and then editing the route by inserting and moving points? I'm assuming that I will need to have the Montana set to Direct Routing when selecting the route as well?

    Thanks!
  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Just got my Montana. Quite an upgrade from my Zumo! Got CNNA uploaded into mac/Montana. I made a test route on BC, uploaded it to Montana. Flawless.

    On my Zumo, a screen would pop up asking if I wanted to "Navigate to beginning of route" or something along those lines. Montana doesn't do this. Well, at least with the current settings it isn't doing it. Does it?

    Thanks
  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    i cant even figure out how to switch from direct to auto routing in bc for fok sake.
    lol

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  15. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    DP - I predict that by this time next year you will be a BC / Montana convert and you will never look back.
    Put it on your calendar. :wink:

  16. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nope
  17. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    wow. hmm. Alright.
  18. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I think Garmin doesn't want the Montana to be a "Super Zumo" and cut into the Zumo sales, so they're not going to build all those Zumo features into it. But there's nothing stopping you from navigating to the start point of the route - it's just not a feature built into the Montana. It's probably the same reason the Montana doesn't have Bluetooth.
  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Hmm. It is what it is. I guess I assumed GPS's did that:lol3

    Thanks for the help. I'll be back:rofl
  20. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Hopefully this is the final installment of "As the Montana Crashes"

    I now have several rides on and off the interstate at all RPM ranges with......wait for it........................






    NO CRASHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap (the Montana not me, I didn't crash either though)

    It seems my noise filter has worked!!
    I hope this is the last of my troubles.....

    For now I'm calling this case closed.
    Thanks for all the help and feedback.....