The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section
Tue, Mar 13 2012 - Map-Making Workshop Evening (View Original Event Details)

Event Leader(s): Tony Knight, Mark Miller
Participants:Tony Knight, Mark Miller, Daniel Chan, Amir K, Anna Milino, Travis McClinchey, B. Jody Lotzkar, Andrei P

Write Up:
Good Times at Tony's last night.

Below are some notes I have from the evening;

MicroDEM terrain analysis displayed in Google Earth

  1. get <a href="">DEM data</a> (must create account)
  2. open in MicroDEM
  3. right-click on map; choose [Display Paramter]; play w/, e.g., aspect, slope, contour
  4. export to GE

Load satellite imagery onto device (and avoid pitfalls assoc. w/ Garmin's instructions:

  1. position and save area you want imagery for on the screen in GE (set "show terrain" to NO, look from zenith, N-up, consider resolution v. size/ hassle priorities)
  2. add image overlay in GE (set opacity to ~40%; set draworder=49); save overlay
  3. copy overlay's KMZ file onto device (/garmin/CustomMaps) through operating system
  4. ensure CustomMaps are enabled in device settings/ maps
  5. zoom in/ out until satellite imagery appears (won't appear at all zoom levels)

Designate waypoint somewhere other than your current location in Garmin GPSes

  1. move cursor to location you want to make a waypoint
  2. press ENTER button
  3. press MENU button
  4. choose "save as waypoint" option

Sources for maps/ data

  • cGPSmapper (Garmin GPS-ready maps
  • gpsfiledepot (Garmin GPS-ready maps)
  • GeoBase (DEMs), GeoGratis (maps)

Sources for devices

  • GPSCity

Phone Apps

  • Topographic Maps Canda (iOS)
  • Canada Maps (Android; free or $4 for more features)

How to print grid/ graticules onto paper maps

  • Garmin's Mapsource doesn't seem to offer, but Basecamp has some rudimentary options


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