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Bob Seehausen
(NCB0b) - F
Garmin GPS Maps on 03/26/2010 16:00:28 MDT Print View

I have a Garmin GPSmap 60CS that I plan on bringing to Philmont this summer. Any recommendations on map software? I already own MapSource US Topo and National Parks topo (for Northern Tier) and wonder if either of these will be enough.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Re: Garmin GPS Maps on 04/07/2010 10:37:17 MDT Print View

Bob, our first year we never had a need to even turn on the GPS other than to see if it worked. On last year's trek we left it at home. My experience is that Philmont's maps are good enough that you won't find a lot of use for the GPS. If you're in the Valle Vidal that might be different.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
GPS at Philmont on 04/10/2010 19:51:25 MDT Print View

Hi Bob and Phil (long time Phil)

We've been a few times with GPS and effectively let the boys use map and compass while the adults hold the GPS. This has worked well for review of how they did and on a couple of occasions refocusing on where they boys thought they were going vs. where they thought they were. (As in the last time it was getting dark and they were about to take a spur that would have put them 15 miles away from the destination that was otherwise really close. As such, it was a good tool to ask them if they really knew where they were, and refocus them on finding their location and destination.)

Your call. If your navigator doesn't know how to read a map, the GPS isn't going to help because it won't have the granularity on precisely where to turn.

We're headed back this year and will do the same thing.

Good luck,

Edited by eaglemb on 04/10/2010 19:52:42 MDT.

Wesley Witt

Locale: Northwest
Re: Garmin GPS Maps on 04/23/2010 12:29:13 MDT Print View

I like having a GPS for the following reasons:

1: I want a track log when I'm finished with the trek. The track long can be used for many things, but I use it for geo-stamping all my photos. I also like to create a daily elevation profile when I get home -- really nice for the photo album.

2: I like to know what my elevation is while hiking. The elevation is good indicator of "what is left" in hike that day and where you are.

3: I like to see the mileage and other stats logged as the trek progresses.

I don't really use it for navigation and always have map & compass for that.

Ian Smith
(IanSmith) - F
GPS at Philmont on 07/19/2010 23:34:12 MDT Print View

About to depart on third trek. I'll carry a GPS, but seldom turn it on. I get 12 hours out of a pair of batteries. On an 11 day trek, that's a lot of weight in batteries. And, in general, the trails are clearly marked.