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SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 18:43
I'm working on my soon to be "officially" released GPS files that will match up with the BMT Thru-Hikers Guide. I'm going to post some of the files here on this thread as I get them ready for Beta testing. You can do as little as load them into your GPS or favorite mapping software and tell me how well the work out. Or if you have the opportunity to actually go out and hike part of the BMT with them to see how accurate they are, that would be great. The GSMNP files are the most complete at this time, so they are the first ones getting uploaded for testing.

All I ask is give me whatever feedback you have.

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 19:17
For some reason I am having trouble uploading today. Try again.

I rate this at 100% verified

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 19:50
Tennessee is pretty darn close too. I rate it at 91.6% verified.

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 19:58
I have huge holes in Georgia where I haven't hiked with my new GPS. There are waypoints for all the data-points in the guidebook, but there are probably a lot of them that are off. I rate it at only 39% verified.

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 19:58
The Duncan Ridge Trail is damn good. 100% verified.

Kanga
2012-01-16, 20:01
i would test tn for you but i don't have a gps.

Superman
2012-01-16, 20:04
I haven't talked to Daisy's bouncing baby boy but we may rehike the BMT again. I have a Garmin GPS.

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 20:07
i would test tn for you but i don't have a gps.
Borrow one.:beer:

I haven't talked to Daisy's bouncing baby boy but we may rehike the BMT again. I have a Garmin GPS.

I collected most of TN with a Garmin. I sold it though.

Kanga
2012-01-16, 20:10
oh, no. i do not borrow other people's gear. what are some good suggestions on gps' though?

SGT Rock
2012-01-16, 20:12
How much you want to spend. I love mine, but I dropped more on it than I should have.

http://www.amazon.com/DeLorme-Earthmate-PN-60-Portable-Navigator/dp/B0031QNP8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326759121&sr=8-1

Kanga
2012-01-16, 20:21
mary mother of god! i'll have to do some thinking..

Superman
2012-01-16, 20:43
How much you want to spend. I love mine, but I dropped more on it than I should have.

http://www.amazon.com/DeLorme-Earthmate-PN-60-Portable-Navigator/dp/B0031QNP8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326759121&sr=8-1

I bought Daisy an Garmin Etrex some years ago. She has never used it. I used it on the CDT. I had Garmin refurbish it and they just sent me a brand new one.

Skidsteer
2012-01-16, 22:17
How much you want to spend. I love mine, but I dropped more on it than I should have.

http://www.amazon.com/DeLorme-Earthmate-PN-60-Portable-Navigator/dp/B0031QNP8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326759121&sr=8-1

I've been thinking about getting one since talking to you about it on the Duncan Ridge. Still thinking.

I'll sure do my best to test your tracks if I decide to pull the trigger.

Tin Man
2012-01-16, 22:23
Rock, How's the battery life? My now 10-year old etrex was very slow and ate batteries. Not very practical.

Crikey
2012-01-16, 23:40
I'm a map/geography freak. We have a few at work that our field data researchers use in the midwest and I've fooled with them.

That's why I won't buy one. Because I would never come back from the dark side.

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 01:59
I've been thinking about getting one since talking to you about it on the Duncan Ridge. Still thinking.

I'll sure do my best to test your tracks if I decide to pull the trigger.
I'm going to have to walk a lot of Georgia again. DARN!


Rock, How's the battery life? My now 10-year old etrex was very slow and ate batteries. Not very practical.
When I am data gathering I can get about 1.5 days of use out of a set of batteries. I'll also say I look at it a lot when I am doing data collection which tends to use more battery life than it would if you were probably doing normal walk and looking at it occasionally. It does support in-device recharging of the LiIon packs that Delorme sells, but I have not heard great things about those batteries. That said, Sanyo Enloop xx NiMh have given me excellent performance.

I'm a map/geography freak. We have a few at work that our field data researchers use in the midwest and I've fooled with them.

That's why I won't buy one. Because I would never come back from the dark side.

It is a danger. I never needed one for hiking until I started data collection for trails. Now when I don't hike with it I do miss it. It is nice because it is like having many different scale maps in hand when you do hike, and unlike some trail maps for the AT which are trimmed to the narrow corridor, you can pan around the trail for miles in any direction with a good gps.

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 03:06
mary mother of god! i'll have to do some thinking..

My other GPS was a Garmin Etrex Vista C. It was not the H model which is the one with the better antenna. My main complaint with it was it lost track too often, an H model would have fixed that. You could try looking at the Garmin Etrex Vista HCx (H is high sensitivity antenna, C is color, and x means it takes sims cards for more memory). I think Wal Mart sells them in the sporting goods section. Here is a link to Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-eTrex-High-Sensitivity-Mapping-Handheld/dp/B000PDR1LS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326783753&sr=8-1

As I recall, I also got about 1.5 days from a set of AA.

Kanga
2012-01-17, 10:51
if i'm going to spend that much money, i'm going to get the pretty red one you first posted.

Tin Man
2012-01-17, 10:59
if i'm going to spend that much money, i'm going to get the pretty red one you first posted.

better get one that is waterproof and floats... i seem to recall the river ate your camera on a trip


like i mentioned earlier, i have an older gps, didn't find it too useful and probably wouldn't buy another UNLESS i was going to go off trail or the cdt or something that isn't marked like the AT. not sure how well the BMT is marked.

Superman
2012-01-17, 11:53
better get one that is waterproof and floats... i seem to recall the river ate your camera on a trip


like i mentioned earlier, i have an older gps, didn't find it too useful and probably wouldn't buy another UNLESS i was going to go off trail or the cdt or something that isn't marked like the AT. not sure how well the BMT is marked.

The BMT is marked fine now. I liked using the GPS on the CDT because it showed me I was on the right trail and how much further I had to go. I could do that as I hiked and didn't have to stop and take out the map and compass. I hate that part where I figure my destination should be around the next bend but it's not. A GPS really isn't needed on most trails...unless you want a gadget to play with. I kid Tex about watching his GPS as he hiked on the CD but he did save us once from going the wrong way down a mountain when we were supposed to go up. On the other hand....he was the one who got the way points for the CD ...instead of the CDT. We went where few men had gone before.:banghead:

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 12:03
better get one that is waterproof and floats... i seem to recall the river ate your camera on a trip


like i mentioned earlier, i have an older gps, didn't find it too useful and probably wouldn't buy another UNLESS i was going to go off trail or the cdt or something that isn't marked like the AT. not sure how well the BMT is marked.

For years I was the same way. Now with my Garmin I got spoiled because it maps map checks fun. Hiking the AT in September I was missing it even though there was absolutely no need for it.

Tin Man
2012-01-17, 12:14
For years I was the same way. Now with my Garmin I got spoiled because it maps map checks fun. Hiking the AT in September I was missing it even though there was absolutely no need for it.

from being switched off, how long does it take to power up and show your position?

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 12:34
It depends. It has taken me a half hour sometimes from the switched off position, especially if I'm a few states away from where it was last on. In the morning when I'm doing trail tracks and I am just powering up where I powered down at the night before It usually takes 5-10 minutes. I generally turn it on when I'm tearing down my tarp which is usually the last, or one of the last things I pack. Unlike my first GPS which I only turned on when I wanted to verify my position, I keep this on all day because so far I am doing a tack anyway and being off wouldn't work out.

Anyhow, on my last AT hike without it, I realized there would be some interest in hikers that are use to having one want a track and waypoints that match up with the guidebook. Hence this project.

Tin Man
2012-01-17, 12:45
Yes, the project sounds cool. I would only buy a new GPS as a toy IF it could find my position quickly. My old one still finds it slowly... and by the time it finds where I am, I cannot find my brother, as he is way down the trail by then. :D

Superman
2012-01-17, 12:54
Yes, the project sounds cool. I would only buy a new GPS as a toy IF it could find my position quickly. My old one still finds it slowly... and by the time it finds where I am, I cannot find my brother, as he is way down the trail by then. :D

Maybe you need a new brother.....you can have mine.:angel:

saimyoji
2012-01-17, 13:12
Maybe you need a new brother.....you can have mine.:angel:

and mine... :aetsch:

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 13:46
I just realized there is a huge difference in size on the tracks. Two tracks are multi MB. The reason is on those tracks the track detail is about 6 times as high as the TN/NC track. that is unnecessary and takes up too much space on some older GPS. So I filterd down the size on the bigger ones to something more realistic. Here are three updated, smaller file size tracks.

Tin Man
2012-01-17, 14:57
Maybe you need a new brother.....you can have mine.:angel:


and mine... :aetsch:

Nah. He's not just my brother... he has a bigger pack... thanks to a recommendation I made to Dad for a present. :angel:

Hog On Ice
2012-01-17, 15:02
+1 to Tin Man for the sneaky recommendation

Tin Man
2012-01-17, 15:10
+1 to Tin Man for the sneaky recommendation

:star:


but I think he is catching on...

auburnbreeze
2012-01-17, 15:51
I'll sure do my best to test your tracks if I decide to pull the trigger.

Pull the trigger! being out on Saturday just whet my appetite! i wanna go hiking!!

Kanga
2012-01-17, 18:05
Next weekend. 20 on the bmt in TN.

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 18:08
Where at?

Kanga
2012-01-17, 18:52
beginning of the jmt/river walk, but to be clear, i meant weekend next, not next weekend.

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 18:54
So 28 29 January?

Skidsteer
2012-01-17, 19:13
So 28 29 January?

Yep. You in?

SGT Rock
2012-01-17, 19:14
Maybe. I'm not working. I guess it depends on if I can get a hall pass.

Skidsteer
2012-01-17, 20:03
Maybe. I'm not working. I guess it depends on if I can get a hall pass.

Tell Dixie I lead Bible study every evening followed by communion. Just ask Kanga.

BYOB for the communion.

Kanga
2012-01-17, 20:15
he speaks truth.

Big Mac
2012-01-18, 15:54
Yeah, but I hear there is also dancing - God forbid.

Kanga
2012-01-18, 16:27
there is singing too.

Cuffs
2012-01-18, 16:39
iPod karaoke! The new version is singer picks the song, puts in ear buds and faces away from crowd. Sing your heart out but no one else can hear the music!

Skidsteer
2012-01-18, 18:13
Yeah, but I hear there is also dancing - God forbid.


there is singing too.

And card playing....

Hog On Ice
2012-01-18, 18:15
but no strip poker

Skidsteer
2012-01-18, 18:23
but no strip poker

Hell no.

It's Winter.

Tin Man
2012-01-18, 18:25
Hell no.

It's Winter.



Then I'm out.

Hog On Ice
2012-01-18, 18:30
of the closet

Tin Man
2012-01-18, 18:35
of the closet


-1 Hoi

Kanga
2012-01-18, 18:50
aaaand, he's back in.

Tin Man
2012-01-19, 07:08
that's just wrong :motz:

joedperk
2012-07-19, 21:38
Sgt. Rock I downloaded your ga. data points and will be trying them out around sept 1st from springer to ducktown tn... imported them into motionx gps on my iphone... they do look nice and I will try to verify what I can... have you updated these any...

SGT Rock
2012-07-19, 23:11
No, I haven't had a lot of time to do any of that lately.