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Old 05-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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TOPO for GPS unit

I just pulled the trigger on my first GPS unit, an eTrex 30 from Garmin. I'm looking to get 24K TOPO software and noticed there are several out there. I'm only interested in the Adirondacks maps if that matters.

Is 24K TOPO software all the same? Is the NG New York and New Jersey software for $49 the same as the Garmin TOPO of the Northeast for ~$100?

Any other suggestions for software for the GPS unit?
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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I just pulled the trigger on my first GPS unit, an eTrex 30 from Garmin. I'm looking to get 24K TOPO software and noticed there are several out there. I'm only interested in the Adirondacks maps if that matters.

Is 24K TOPO software all the same? Is the NG New York and New Jersey software for $49 the same as the Garmin TOPO of the Northeast for ~$100?

Any other suggestions for software for the GPS unit?
The National Geographic TOPO program is much superior to others, IMHO. You can use Yellow canoe's suggestion to download maps to your etrex.

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Old 05-23-2012, 07:59 AM   #4
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The National Geographic TOPO program is much superior to others, IMHO. You can use Yellow canoe's suggestion to download maps to your etrex.
Yep. the NG Topo's kick a$$ compared to the Garmin. Although the Garmin 24K are a big improvement over their 100k stuff.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:31 AM   #5
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When I go to the NG Topo software I find this:

Supported GPS Receivers:
Works with most popular handheld receivers from Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance and Eagle. Enables import and export of routes, waypoints and track information. DOES NOT support direct map transfer to any GPS except select Magellan GPS units.

I'm looking to overlay the topo maps onto my eTrex but it doesn't look like NG supports direct map transfer to a Garmin GPS unit.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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I loaded my old Garmin nuvi 250 with the NY Topo Map from GPSFileDepot. I knew there had to be something I could teach the old dog. I'd like to get an eTrex or something similar since the nuvi series isn't exactly a powerhouse, especially with a few trees in the way.
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When I go to the NG Topo software I find this:

Supported GPS Receivers:
Works with most popular handheld receivers from Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance and Eagle. Enables import and export of routes, waypoints and track information. DOES NOT support direct map transfer to any GPS except select Magellan GPS units.

I'm looking to overlay the topo maps onto my eTrex but it doesn't look like NG supports direct map transfer to a Garmin GPS unit.
That is correct. NG will allow you to download and upload: waypointts, routes and tracks. To download the actual maps you will need the Garmin program OR use maps from GPS filedepot as others have stated.
I have the NG northeast series and the Garmin US 100K series. Thus I have the maps for the entire US but can use NG for route planning in the northeast. I find that I almost never use the Garmin program except to download maps.
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