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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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Forum: General
A New Hazard!
Aidy 15 hours ago.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45231987Never heard of this happening before.

  
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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 16 hours ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman a day ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 a day ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter a day ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 a day ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

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Erris Head Loop
simon3 2 days ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 4.7km, Climb: 98m, Area: Erris Head Hill, Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 a day ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 a day ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat 3 days ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Parking available for 6-8 cars. Follow forest road which is along line of disused...

  
Forum: General
An Sli
Slier159 2 days ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 4 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.


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