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Topo map postings?

Postby richlong8 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:09 am

What preferred methods are members using these days to post topo maps online in their trip reports showing routes traveled, etc; ?



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Topo map postings?

Postby Bluewater » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:32 am

I've been using NatGeo to crop and save maps as jpeg files, editing, adding route lines and reducing the file size in photoshop, then adding them to TR's just like other photos.
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby richlong8 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:42 am

I don't have photoshop, but I do have an earlier version 7 of Elements. I think that would work. By National Geo, you are referring to TOPO software, correct?
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby calipidder » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:18 am

I usually post my maps in two ways. The first is through NG Topo - I upload my .gpx and export an image to add to my photo album, like this:

http://photos.calipidder.com/OutdoorAdv ... &k=k88kP3V

I also use everytrail to dump the same track on top of an interactive google map to embed in my trip reports and blog posts, like this:

http://calipidder.com/wp/2012/09/basin- ... rton-lake/
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby richlong8 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks very much for the suggestions. I will try them out. Any other thoughts are most welcome.
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby sparky » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:13 pm

For any map I feel I need more detail, I go to acme mapper, take a screen shot and print it. I also crop multiple screenshot together fairly easily. Best part about it is its free

I generally carry Tom Harrison maps and just print up topos this way if I feel a spot might be tricky. I have never posted them to the internet but i guess that would be just as easy.
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby Mike M. » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:06 pm

For posting here, I scan my old 15 minute U.S. Geological Survey maps. This allows me to photoshop routes and stuff on the scanned image and the output is surprisingly detailed and crisp.

The ACME mapping site is terrific for route planning and it's really fun. I can be on top of Bishop Pass one moment, and walking the streets of Paris the next!

The old Wildflower Designs mapping software was also excellent, but I find the new National Geographic version produces very poor output. Unfortunately, the Wildflower Designs product is not compatible with the latest versions of Windows.

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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby richlong8 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:21 pm

Very helpful. Thank you very much everyone. Keep it coming. I will probably try them all.
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Topo map postings?

Postby Bluewater » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:33 pm

Sorry about the vague abbreviation. I meant the National Geographic Topo maps. I just got the most recent version and use it for trip planning, printing maps for trips and making jpegs for TRs. The measuring feature is helpful for measuring distances etc.
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby norcalhiker » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:20 pm

I don't tend to share my trips in detail. I'm kind of secretive like that.

If I share anything, I use scribblemaps.com. I'll draw my trip on a Google Terrain basemap. That gives me a .kml. From there, I either load it into Google Earth and produce a neat overview and elevation profile, or I load it into Gmaps4 (which is a cumbersome process) and share a nice looking topo.

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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby tomba » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:13 pm

For posting routes I have used Hillmap, as described here. See example. Other features include side-by-side view of different map types, map printing, slope analysis, snow coverage overlay.

One could also us Caltopo for this, as described here - more powerful drawing, but harder to use. Other features include overlaying two map types, historical maps, visitor (NPS, NFS) maps, map printing.

I have also used Closed Contour to show features that most other maps don't show - such as dome names, locations of talus, or detailed degree of vegetation coverage.

For a simple map of some area I use gmap4.

For planning I use mostly gmap4 with mountain passes added by me. Mentioned here.

Of course I also check mountain passes on the HST map - information there is different.
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Re: Topo map postings?

Postby gdurkee » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:34 am

You could also consider a dynamic map using ArcGIS Explorer Online. (arcgisonline.com/explorer). You create a free Esri account and then have a place to store maps and data, making them private or available to the public. There's map tools to draw lines, points and polygons and label them. You can then save the map to your account. The Share function allows an address to the map; posting on Twitter or Facebook; or getting the html to embed in a web page.

For posting to the forum, you also have the option to create a Presentation/slide show. I've not used that and, like all of this stuff, there's a learning curve, but it looks to give a lot of flexibility as far as showing details of a route as well as being able to change the base map -- topo, satellite etc. Esri's great advantage is a huge collection of base maps.

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