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Mapsource Topo


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Mapsource Topo

Manufacturer: Garmin

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Oct 25, 2002 / Oct 25, 2002

Object ID: 9198

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Plan your next outdoor adventure with the help of MapSource™ United States TOPO CD-ROM. This CD contains digital topographic maps for the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii that are comparable to the U.S. Geological Survey 1:100,000-scale paper maps.

Features include:

Trip and waypoint management functions*
Highways, roads, hiking trails, snowmobile trails, backwoods trails, elevation contours, point elevations, summits, some bathymetric contours, geographic names, churches, and schools
Shoreline detail for lakes, reservoirs, small bodies of water, waterways, rivers, and streams
Icons representing boat ramps, dams, marinas, campgrounds, public facilities, mile markers, first-aid stations, picnic, swimming, and ski areas, wrecks, fuel, and dangerous and restricted areas
Nautical navaids for the 50 states including radiobeacons, RACONs, and fog signals; river, harbor, and other lights; and daybeacons and lighted and unlighted buoys
Wrecks and obstructions—such as shipwrecks, submerged rocks, obstructions, and other hazards to nautical navigation


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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I use a Garmin 60CS which has a built-in base map like many Garmin models. This topo software allows you to download topos onto your compatible Garmin unit that can be viewed directly on the unit's screen. You can plan routes and waypoints on your PC, then download it to your unit along with the topo of the area. The scale is 1/100 and is not the quality of a USGS 1/100, but it is better than others I've seen and you can zoom in to 300 ft. It works best when used in tandem with a 1/24 quad. It shows major contour lines, land/water features, mountains, mines, etc. Depending on the memory capacity of your unit, you can download a fairly large area, usually larger than you can hike in a week.
Posted Oct 25, 2002 12:18 pm

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