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    GPS Topo Map

    Tried a quick search function, but couldn't find too much information.

    Pretty much looking to get maps uploaded onto my Rino GPS, which I got on the double deal. Just wondering what people can recommend, and why.

    Cheers,

    Nelson

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    Mate with a user name like that you should be sweet with nothing
    I use the ones H&F sell and like em,

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    I just got the double deal too and bought the h&f maps and garmin birds eye. I'm a bit disappointed to be honest. I thought I would be able to plan trips etc on my PC and then upload it onto my GPS. But all the garmin stuff doesn't have any of the info that you want like tracks, huts, stream names etc. If anyone is doing better than me I'd be interested in some advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussock View Post
    I don't really want to go down this road, but it is on the to do list. I will need to double check all the software is working, but I think I could make these, though its a bit of work. If someone else went to the effort to download them all, I could convert it all the gpx and stick it on a microdisk and get it all working with any other layers people want. Once its done, and put together, there wouldnt be much more to it.
    This may be a stupid question because i am a simple man but.....

    Are you saying that you can make maps for the gps that are the same as the topo maps that you get from hunting shops in paper form????

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    mailto:info@mapworld.co.nz . Sorry don't have the answers but these guys will . Map world in Christchurch have always been helpful . Don't no if they are a franchise and are dotted around nz ?
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    Try this for Free topo maps (No guarantees that the links still work, but I used this a while ago and it worked on my 62)

    Ingredients for free topo maps on your garmin devices. Note the track maps might also be useful as well:

    Free Map Resources
    Garmin Training Center (download and install)
    Garmin Mapsource (download update only and install)
    Garmin MapInstall (download and install)

    cGPSmapper (where necessary convert source .mp files to .img files)
    cGPSmapper - Your Tool For Creating Maps

    MapsetToolkit (once converted to img files easy way to get maps into Mapsource)
    http://cypherman1.googlepages.com/


    Free Topo maps, track maps, and doc track maps
    Topo Maps For Garmin GPS...

    Garmin Software

    If you own a Garmin GPS device you should have installed already Garmin MapSource (this lets you view maps, routers, waypoints, paths and export/import them to you Garmin GPS device). You should also have Garmin MapInstall, this allows you to install maps onto your GPS device via serial, USB, or SD Card.

    If you do not have Garmin MapSource (maybe got your Garmin GPS second hand) then you can download Garmin Training Centre found here:

    Garmin: Training Center Software Update Collection

    Install Training Center then download and update Garmin MapSource with the full version found here (you can also download MapInstall from here):

    Garmin | Mapping Programs

    Installing the Free Topo Maps

    First you need to download a program called cgpsmapper (the free version for Windows) from here:cGPSmapper - Your Tool For Creating Maps

    When installing I installed it into C:\cgpsmapper to make life easier.

    Next you need to download MapsetToolkit from here http://cypherman1.googlepages.com/ . I extract it into the cgpsmapper directory above.

    Download the source (non-compiled) maps from here (I tried using the compiled maps but they make mapsourc crash for me): Topo Maps For Garmin GPS...

    Save the maps into the C:\cgpsmapper directory, and extra the .mp files into the same place.

    Now you have the necesary bits you need to do a little work but it's not hard.

    Assume you've downloaded the Wellington map and extracted the file 64326208.mp into your C:\cgpsmapper directory...

    Open a command prompt (aka a DOS prompt), type in the following (ignore the bits in brackets, that just FYI):
    cd \cgpsmapper (this changes you into working in the cgpsmapper directory)
    cgpsmapper 64326208.mp (this executes CGPS mapper to compile the map file, replace 64326208.mp with whatever maps you intend to use)

    This will take a while to compile, depending on how fast your PC is.

    Once it's finished go to My Computer, open your C: drive, click on the cgpsmapper directory. Double click on MapSetTookKit.exe

    Click on Select IMG, choose your C:\cgpsmapper directory, this will then show a list of maps.

    Click on 64326208.img and click the Add button to add it into the map list on the right hand side.

    Click the ... button next to Mapset Directory and choose your C:\cgpsmapper directory

    Put in a name next to Mapset Name (eg WgtnTopo)

    For family ID I just used 644 (eg NZ=64, Wgtn=4)

    Click on the TYPE files ... button and select the file called 10320.TYP

    Check the box next to Install in Mapsource

    Click on Start. If it pops up with an error about FID's just click No.

    This will run for a little then come up with a completion message.

    And you're done! Go into Garmin Mapsource and from the maps menu you should be able to select your installed map. Same goes for MapInstall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussock View Post
    Its easy to get for $$$$

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    Freshmap is the one I use, and also the one we use for SAR work. It has tracks/huts etc on it, but like the rest of the commercial mapping cards, it does not show DOC boundaries.

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    Heap of info there guys, cheers!! Will try out the free versions first, and wait for the next paycheck Thanks again!

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    I have garmin topo Australia & NZ from eBay on a sd card for $50 & it works a treat !
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    hey tussock i will happilly download all the maps and send them to you if you could compile them into a format that will work on my 62s. I have the south island topos but need the north.

    Im loathed to pay money for maps when their are completely free alternatives

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    hey tussock i will happilly download all the maps and send them to you if you could compile them into a format that will work on my 62s. I have the south island topos but need the north.

    Im loathed to pay money for maps when their are completely free alternatives
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    Ebay all the way. I cant believe they want 250 clams for what should be coming with the unit. Corporate greed and nothing more

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    will the freshmaps work in my garmin etrex20 ???
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