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Discussion: Using Handheld GPS for Training

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Oct 22, 2017 4:53 PM # 
Looking for recommendations for electronics that I can take in the woods with me that I can track where I walk and guide me to a UTM coordinate. Then I’d like to upload that info onto standard USGS maps and see where I went, etc. Will an eTrex 30x work? What mapping software....caltopo?
Oct 22, 2017 5:21 PM # 
I'm the author of which comes with USGS topos, aerial photos, and several other worldwide and US map sets.
I use a Garmin Forerunner 235 when I orienteer, and use the Scanned Maps feature in ExpertGPS to review my tracklog over the orienteering map when I get home, similar to RouteGadget.
Other software you might consider: Garmin Basecamp, Google Earth, CalTopo (web)
I often recommend the Garmin eTrex 30x as well as the GPSMAP 64-series and the "state" models (Dakota, Colorado, Oregon) for people who mainly do land-based navigation. It really comes down to your price range and whether you want a touchscreen or physical buttons.
Oct 22, 2017 5:28 PM # 
I use Back Country Navigator app on Android. It can download and display topos, and show your GPS track atop. And export your GPS track if desired.
Oct 23, 2017 5:50 PM # 
Avenza Maps will do the same as above on an iPhone.
Oct 24, 2017 4:40 PM # 
I second the use of Avenza maps. Steve do you need to upload for any other reason than confirming your location?
with Avenza maps you can navigate to a "cp" using your usgs map and then check your location with the phone ap.
Oct 26, 2017 12:42 AM # 
It would be nice to do some course then plot what I did on a 1:24000 topo after to see what it looks like?
Oct 26, 2017 12:43 AM # 
Does anyone own a Garmin 230? Do you know how I can import a route onto some free third party topo program?
Oct 26, 2017 1:01 AM # 
With any Gamin watch (or anything that can generate a .GPX file) and at Attackpoint subscription, you can view it on OpenTopoMap.
Oct 26, 2017 1:11 AM # 
Don't mean to be a newbie but can someone explain to me how to get a subscription to AP and how to upload something to OpenTopoMap?
Oct 26, 2017 1:49 AM # 
Look under settings, donations. For $25 you get added features such as no ads, ability to upload .gpx tracks, etc. Here’s an example of my Hudson Highlander track on OpenTopoMap:

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