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 on: April 25, 2020, 11:23:26 am 
Started by worldzfree - Last post by Cheminer Will
Refreshing this question again as these maps are the best there are.  If the issue is the amount of work involved, maybe there is a way to share that with other mapping enthusiasts?  Or is the issue that with the advent of smart phone apps, many fewer people are using maps like these? It will be such a shame if the best we have in the future is OSM.  I have a bunch more trails ready to upload for you so I will do that in the hope of future updates.  But in the meantime Jon, are you able to provide us with a status update?  Thanks!

 on: December 08, 2018, 04:59:01 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Moun10Bike
That's good to know; I would have expected no change from Garmin on this!

 on: December 07, 2018, 04:01:36 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Cheminer Will
As explained in the track submission instructions on this site, when saving a track on a GPSr, it reduces the number of points.  On my 60CSx, when I save a track it reduces the points in the track by about 1/2.  Does anyone know if the newer GPSr's like the 66st do the same thing? Or has Garmin allowed for a way to avoid that?

I ask because on some days I hike more than one distinct trail and rather than have one long track that needs to be divided, I think it would be easier to be able to save separate, original quality tracks.

Plus sometimes I go on a few hikes before I download from my 60CSx and so I have to save tracks on their own. It does not seem to make the track when displayed in Basecamp noticeably different. But... just the idea that the original track may have had 1,000 points and the saved track has only 500, bothers me.

On edit:  I got an answer to this on another forum where I was told the newer units no longer do this.  Specifically: 
As Robertlipe pointed out, the 'newer' Garmin GPSr no longer do this. The Recorded GPX will be the same on the unit and anywhere you copy it to, with all track points intact.

 on: December 07, 2018, 03:18:09 pm 
Started by worldzfree - Last post by Cheminer Will
I check back here often, hoping the maps get updated, but unfortunately they do not.  I've looked for a replacement compatible with Basecamp/Garmin, and the best I was able to find was http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/   

I've started using it for some of the newer trails being built, but I don't like it as much as NW Topos, so I still use NW Topos for older trails.
BTW-Thanks Moun10Bike for all you have done!

I too have been looking for a way to have the newer trails on my GPSr also. I love the Topo maps though so even though Open Street Maps have many newer trails, I don't find a way to use them and have the topo features. I wish I knew more about mapping and inserting tracks into maps so I could just add my tracks to NW Topos myself as I hike the trails that are not in there yet.

 on: November 06, 2018, 03:45:00 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Moun10Bike
No, I don't have a timeframe for the next release.

 on: November 06, 2018, 10:17:53 am 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Cheminer Will
Do you have a timeframe for the next release?  I do have some tracks although I was not thinking of possible map additions and only made them for sake of interest. I did not label them with the trail names so that may be an issue.  But over this winter I will be hiking more at the lower elevations that include all the new trails in Forest Park, Jacksonville, Oregon and will make tracks that include the trail names.

 on: November 05, 2018, 02:36:14 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Moun10Bike
Yes, NW Trails overlays the default mapset on the GPSMAP 66st (I have one and have been running the mapsets with no problems).

The next release of NW Trails will not have the new trails in your area unless they are reported and/or submitted by a user such as yourself. If you don't have GPS tracks of them, then I would need to know of a source for obtaining that data on them.

 on: November 03, 2018, 11:20:58 am 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Cheminer Will
I have not had a GPSr with built in maps before but may go to the 66st if indeed the elevation relief is not on the 66s.

Will your NW Trails map just overlay the Garmin base map that comes on the 66st?

In our newest hiking area here, Forest Park in Jacksonville, there are several new trails and trail connectors that have been completed since the last version of NW Trails in 2014.  Will the next release of NW Trails pick up new trails like these of are you depending on user submitted tracks to include them?

 on: September 14, 2018, 03:18:22 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Moun10Bike
I'm fairly excited for this release, too! I've been using a touchscreen Oregon of some variety of flavor for the past several releases, but I'm liking the touchscreen functionality less and less. It's time to get back to buttons for me.

NW Trails/Topos should work fine on either model. I'm inclined to go with the st version since that includes a built-in DEM model, which allows for hillshading and elevation profiles of tracks that don't include elevation data.

 on: September 13, 2018, 09:18:29 pm 
Started by Cheminer Will - Last post by Cheminer Will
I need to replace my aging and creaky 60CSx and am thinking that this new release might be the ticket.  (I am partial to buttons rather than touch screen on a GPSr for some reason, although I love my Pixel 2XL).  I am wondering whether to get the s or the st.  Will one or the other be better for loading the Switchbacks maps?

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