GPS TRAIL MAPPING
Posted April 24, 2004 - 07:34 PM
If so how do they work. Is it worth buying.
Can it help you if your lost.
Can you build maps ie. goto trail head and enter a point, then goto next trail head and enter a point. after a while you might have the whole trail system mapped.
Can you put transmitters on your kids and find them when they are lost?
Thx in advance for any info or advise.
Posted April 24, 2004 - 07:51 PM
I simply set a mark where I leave the car, the gps automatically maps the trail. If i ever get lost i just say 'goto car'and it tells me which direction and how far to go. As long as you have clear view of the sky, it's near impossible to get lost. It also has a 'track back' function which will tell you turn right, then left etc, but it's more trouble than it's worth. Then I delete the tracks at the end of the day. You could save them if u wanted to.
As far as tracking the kids goes, the technology is there (taxi's use it) but it's expensive. In OZ we have pretty good mobile phone coverage, so I just take the mobile and GPS, that way if I eat it pretty bad i can give the ambo's the co-ordinates
Posted April 25, 2004 - 05:11 AM
I use a software program on my computer that allows me to put my track from the gps on an aerial photo or topo map. You can also find maps for the area you will be going to and transfer points to your gps so you can find them. I use ExpertGPS www.experetgps.com but there are other similar programs.
If you are willing to spend some time learning the gps & software it is a very good tool for riding new areas.
Posted April 25, 2004 - 02:01 PM
When Search and Rescue found me, they had to leave the bike behind. They also use GPS with tracking and I called them the next week and they gave me the co-ordinates of where they found me. Here is a map printed from the S&R GPS. Point 026 was my sno-tel.
I programmed them into my new GPS, pressed "go to" and followed the arrow for 16 miles or so. It led me directly to my bike. I would've found it even if it had been completely buried.
Don't leave home without it!
Posted April 25, 2004 - 02:19 PM
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Posted April 25, 2004 - 10:30 PM
So....I liked the photo of the spiked wheels, but I really need to see the ski on the front too!!
Posted April 26, 2004 - 12:28 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 02:16 AM
Here's the ski. 2nd best winter riding investment I ever made.
Posted April 26, 2004 - 11:31 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 01:41 PM
So can you mount the GPS on the bars, or do you just carry it in the pack?
I just got a Magellan and mounted it to my handle bars! I have used it on only one trip, it was a 63 mile ride. It worked great! I liked the handlebar mount- nice visability! These things are toys for the most part. You hopefully will not have the need to use it, i.e. emergency!
Posted April 26, 2004 - 02:06 PM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 02:31 PM
Now I can see it without taking my eyes off the road. It is just below the top of the ABS so it is out of the weather and is sort of protected, and since the number plate is flexible it doesn't vibrate nearly as much and will flex in a crash. Lots of guys use quality anti vibration mounts, so far i'm happy with my setup.
I also use it on my sled. The screen freezes at around -20, which is a lot of the time here. The unit is still functioning and recording, but it's useless if you can't see the screen. I bought a little belt clip case for it and slid a polaris handlebar heater inside. I put a twist throttle on my sled so the thumb warmer wasn't used. Now I plug the GPS heater into the thumb warmer slot and can adjust the heat to low medium or high. The case is mounted between my gauges and I've run it down to -47, -67 windchill and it did not freeze.
Posted April 26, 2004 - 05:27 PM
Actually now that I think about it, my Sportrack came with a little neophrene belt carrying case. I could probably rig that sucker to my bars super easy. I guess mine is waterproof too so I don't have worry about the mud factor.
Hey, for $40 I bought a handlebar mount! It was definately worth it! It works great! Super visability! I can blast down trails and check speed and distance while I ride! I am a believer!
Posted April 26, 2004 - 05:30 PM
Dude, I want to buy the rights to the movie! You and I will make a fortune! What a story! Your a freakin legend!
Posted April 27, 2004 - 02:38 AM
I hope the most important thing you ever have to find with a GPS is easter eggs your kids hid around the house. Unfortunately, s&*t happens. You may never have to depend on helmets and riding gear to save your life either, but if you like wearing it, hopefully it'll be there when you need it. A GPS is a lot more fun than a compass, so maybe you'll bring it more. PFD's aren't much good sitting in the cabin of a boat.
These things are toys for the most part. You hopefully will not have the need to use it, i.e. emergency!
Didn't mean to sound preachy, but I guess I do.
Posted April 27, 2004 - 10:58 AM