View Full Version : GPS and Topo Maps

09-13-2005, 10:53 PM
I am asking about GPS units on Mud, but I thought I would get local experainces with Topo maps. If you have experiances with local topo mats, please post and include the GPS Model unit. Screen shots would be great.

09-13-2005, 11:32 PM
Everyone has a favorite unit and each has its good features. I like the way Garmin works, especially the Garmin GPSMAP 60CS (http://www.garmin.com/products/gps60/#) (and the batteries last a decent amount of time). Many types of software can tie in with the GPS units. I use DeLorme Topo USA (http://www.delorme.com/topousa/default.asp) which can produce some amazing maps from the output of my older Garmin GPS III. The best site out there for GPS information is gpsinformation.net (http://gpsinformation.net/)


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09-14-2005, 12:49 AM
Garmin V+, way over kill for my uses but it mounts up nice and has an external ant.

National Geographic TOPO! Colorado. I really like the the topos. Usu. print out the maps and load the routes into the V+ and follow along on the map. Resolution on the most GPS screens suck and I like the relibility of a paper map.

09-14-2005, 09:09 AM
Matt the Garmin 60CS is one that I am considering.

I was confused by your statement of using the output of the older GPS. I am interested in topo maps that you can load and how good they are about showing trails and topography of the region.


09-14-2005, 09:15 AM
Romer that depends on what you mean by "topo maps". While the high end GPS units will do a topo map, they are not very detailed. For 4 wheeling they are probably accurate enough, but I am used to orienteering with the USGS 7.5" topos, and no GPS has that kind of detail. So if you want to find something large, like a mountain or road, they are adequate. If you are trying to navigate in the backcountry I strongly suggest you use the lat/long feature of a GPS in conjunction with a good topo map.

I bought he Vista C I think? It was the nicest color unit I could buy at REI, and I took it back. Maybe I have been a map and compass guy for too long. :confused: