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simon3
2007-05-29 15:34:01
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GPS: How to make your own GPS map.
Some time ago we published Brian Kelly's article "All about GPS maps for Ireland" in the Resources section. This showed how to put various non-commercial maps onto your GPS (well, Garmin GPS) for use in the hills. The maps show contour information and summits.

I can personally recommend the use of such maps on your GPS. Since I've put one of these maps on my GPS I have found that yes, it is extremely useful in practice even though it only has contours and summits. Despite the assorted Luddites, Rob-Royers and other nay-sayers of the future, as far as I can see the balance of advantage for experienced hillwalkers lies with computer based mapping systems.

That said there are several difficulties in Ireland with such systems. Unlike the UK there is as yet no commercial source for a full GPS map covering Ireland (north or south). And then there is no consistent way of finding walker-useful data (where is it safe to park, where is access possible, where are interesting views, ruins etc) which will probably need to be community generated.

Issue number one may be further resolved for those that can affort it by Garmin using data from OSI as reported in MV previously. They intend to bring out a topographical map with, as I understand it, detail similar to the 1:50k series. It will probably be expensive and may be piecemeal but we live in hope.

Issue number two may be resolved by community efforts. MV could have a role in this, in that we can share GPS information. We already do this to an extent.

MV is delighted to announce a major contribution in this area. Member Beckett has produced an article "Creating maps for Garmin GPS units" in the resources section (http://www.mountainviews.ie/features/gps/CreateMap/Introduction.html) which outlines how to create GPS maps and add data to them using non-commercial contour basemaps. There are many sources of data available that you can use from tracklogs to Google Earth to points entered by people in MV contributions, to scanned maps (do watch out to avoid copyright problems). I appreciate that many people are more interested in using maps rather than creating them. Nevertheless for those that are interested this is a really interesting article. If you follow it and create some maps, MV will create a way of publishing them in the interest of hillwalking.

Well done Beckett for creating such an interesting and empowering article very much in the MountainViews community spirit.
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