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Old 09-29-2008, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey folks. here is the deal. i'm looking for a way to create trail maps. i'm assuming i need a handheld GPS but i'm not 100% sure what i am looking for.

Danimal and I do some mtn biking in areas that are for some reason kept top secret so trail maps are a no no. its pretty easy to get lost back there. also, did some 4 wheeling with the wife's family this weekend in the mountains and we found a nice circuit of trails.

basically i want some thing that i can go back there and ride the trails and have a GPS record my path or i can set points or something and then some how create a trail map of what i just rode.

i'm pretty familiar with automotive GPS devices but this handheld topo stuff has me a little lost. i've asked a friend that does geocashing but she was no help at all.

what do i need?
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Most GPS devices that my buddies own use uploaded map files from your PC and then when your out on the trails, it maps your position accordingly. You can then take your GPS unit back home and upload the trail you made to the map directly. That's what we've used to scout new climbing areas that we found by looking at surveys of different areas. Once we found an area to check out, we loaded the appropriate map and bushwacked our way in. The nice thing about is that it's easy to backtrack if you get turned around in the dense bush, or in your case, take a wrong turn on the trail.

I believe this is the one my friend owns:

Garmin Colorado 300 GPS - Mountain Equipment Co-op

Hope that helps!
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What kinda whips you guys got, I got a 5 or 6 year old trek 8500 hardtail....I need discs! What kinda riding you guys do?

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iron horse hard tail. just picked it up in the spring. nice bike that treated me well.


we mostly do a lot of technical freeride.
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Most GPS devices that my buddies own use uploaded map files from your PC and then when your out on the trails, it maps your position accordingly. You can then take your GPS unit back home and upload the trail you made to the map directly. That's what we've used to scout new climbing areas that we found by looking at surveys of different areas. Once we found an area to check out, we loaded the appropriate map and bushwacked our way in. The nice thing about is that it's easy to backtrack if you get turned around in the dense bush, or in your case, take a wrong turn on the trail.

I believe this is the one my friend owns:

Garmin Colorado 300 GPS - Mountain Equipment Co-op

Hope that helps!
yeah dude, definitely helps thanks. thats a nice garmin but i'm not sure i want to spend that much. only because after i have my trails mapped out i dont think it would get too much use after that.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you ever looked at this...
TerraServer-USA

It has USGS topographical map & aerial photos for most of the US
It gets down to a level of detail where you can see some trails & stuff
Plus they show landmarks like radio towers & power line right-of-ways so if you do get mixed up at least you can find your way out.
I've used them for mountain biking in PA state forests
Not as cool as a GPS but it works!
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Have you ever looked at this...
TerraServer-USA

It has USGS topographical map & aerial photos for most of the US
It gets down to a level of detail where you can see some trails & stuff
Plus they show landmarks like radio towers & power line right-of-ways so if you do get mixed up at least you can find your way out.
I've used them for mountain biking in PA state forests
Not as cool as a GPS but it works!
awesome man, thanks. i will definitely check that out.
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we mostly do a lot of technical freeride.
Nice, most of the places I ride are pretty rooty, so it sound like were on the same page. I like doin drops and messing around on the skinny's....don't mean im any good at em just like messing around

Check out Mountain bike product reviews forums classifieds trails they have some cool reviews on trails. They cover most of the ones aruond my area so hopefully it'll give you a hand.
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Tj What we ride is more like uber technical trail riding with occasional spurts of flight and everyonce and a while a log ride.
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lol dan. i thought technical freeriding was pretty good tho i guess it could have read "rocky as fuck"
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