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Waypoints or POI's????
Most newer GPS units hold a maximum of  2000 waypoints.  Since long trails such as the CDT have far more waypoints than this, it is necessary to reload the GPS several times along the way.  POI's are a different story.  A GPS will hold an almost unlimited number of POIís.  POIís work just like waypoints, except waypoints show the full annotation name on the map.  This is  preferable as they afford a bit more information as they are used to navigate.  In contrast, POIís appear on the map as symbols only - to view the annotation name you have to click on the symbol.  Clicking on either waypoints or POI's will display associated comments.  If you are going to use Garmin Map Cards, then either the Waypoints or POI's must be loaded into the main memory of the GPS.  In the case of waypoints, then the 2000 point limit will require re-programming on long hikes such as the CDT.  This is not so in the case of POI's.  The entire CDT can be loaded into the GPS, eliminating the need to swap cards or re-program. 

I strongly suggest that the POI option be considered if you are planning a long distance hike.  

Background Maps    
Most of the newer GPS receivers have the ability to display current position,  waypoints, POI's, and tracks on a topographic background map.Garmin sells pre-loaded cards with nice 24K scale maps which are intended to be loaded into the SD card slot on the GPS. The cards retail for about $80 each, and three cards are neccessary for the entire CDT. The cards are write protected so other data such as waypoints,POI's, and tracks cannot be added.  One solution is to load the data into the main memory of the GPS, leaving the SD card available for map cards. Another solution is to create your own maps and install them either on a card or the memory of the GPS along with Waypoints or POI's and tracks. There  is a step by step tutorial on how to create your own maps on the free download page.  

Guthook's Applications for smart phones.
Beginning in 2014, new CDT Guthook apps for smart phones were developed cooperatively by Bear Creek Survey Svc. LLC, High Sierra Attitude LLC, and Guthook hikes.  These apps turn Android or Apple phones into highly effective GPS receivers with maps, tracks, and data book information.  

The primary drawback of using phones for GPS is the inability to charge phones in the field.  2014 users had good luck by carrying a external recharging battery setup which typically weighs between 4 and 7 ounces.  This is comparable to what one of the smaller GPS receivers weighs. (A Etrex 30 weighs 4.7 ounces)  Precautions need to be taken to protect the phones from accidental submersion and shock. Most hikers carry a cell phone anyway, so if the phone is used as camera, phone, and GPS combined then overall weight savings can be achieved.  Placing the device in Airplane Mode whenever it is not being used as a phone will  increase battery life dramatically.   

The apps are available at the Google Play Store  (Android phones)  and the Apple Store (Iphones).   

 


Autoloader GPS setup application for the CDT:
  

The track files are built from the same highly accurate database used for our printed maps. In order to work in a recreational GPS, they have been thinned to a point interval of 50 feet or so, and some smaller details such as switchbacks, curves, etc. will not be seen.  These are the the most accurate trackfiles available anywhere for the CDT or The Colorado Trail.  These track files are not available for free download.  

 

The Autoload program will automate setting up your GPS: 

Detailed information on how to use Autoload is here

NOTE: Autoload IS NOT Mac compatible!  It must be run on a PC.

Note:  When you order downloads you may be charged a shipping charge, which is calculated by Paypal and beyond our control. We will refund this charge when we fill the order.    

Autoload is an installation program that will run on a PC connected to a Garmin GPS via a USB cable.  It will install the necessary files in the Main Memory of the GPS, thus eliminating the need to have multiple SD cards.  This leaves the SD card slot on the GPS free for maps.  Map cards can be user built, or purchased.  If you decide to purchase, I recommend getting these Garmin 24K cards:

Mountain South: Arizona and New Mexico
Mountain Central: Colorado and Utah
Mountain North: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming   
 

The Autoload program has proven to be very reliable in most cases.  If for some reason you are unable to set up you GPS using this data and software, the cost will be applied to the price of custom programming below.  

Note: If you select the download version you will receive a e-mail with a link to download the file.  We spend a considerable amount of each winter out of the country and this may be the only option available during those periods. Our winter schedule is posted via the link at the top of this page.  

The data matches the waypoints shown in these books:

 

  Download Autoloader and  POI waypoints and GPX tracks for the entire CDT (most Garmin units) $35 

  Download Autoloader and POI waypoints and GPX tracks for the entire CDT (Garmin Edge units ONLY) $35 

 

 

The Colorado Trail

                                          

  Download Autoloader plus GPX waypoints and GPX tracks for The Colorado Trail: $35

   Download CT Autoloader plus POI waypoints and tracks formatted for Garmin Edge Units: $35.00  

  Download  Autoloader with POI's and GPX Tracks for the Colorado Trail: $35.00
   The Colorado Trail Waypoints (Two SD Cards) - for older GPS units with 1000 point capacity: $31.00  

   The Colorado Trail Waypoints (One SD Card) - for newer GPS units with 2000 point capacity: $15.50    

   The Entire Colorado trail as POI's on a single SD card: $15.50

    GPX waypoints and GPX tracks for the entire Colorado Trail on a single SD card: $40

 

 

 

There are no refunds once you make a purchase.  

 

If you are not sure how many waypoints your GPS holds, click the link below.

Information regarding the capacities of various Garmin GPS units is here  (use the back button to return to this page)

 

 

 

Preloaded CDT SD Cards 

The track files are built from the same highly accurate database used for our printed maps. In order to work in a recreational GPS, they have been thinned to a point interval of 50 feet or so, and some smaller details such as switchbacks, curves, etc. will not be seen.  These are the the most accurate trackfiles available anywhere for the CDT or The Colorado Trail.  These track files are not available for free download.  

 

         Waypoints go with this book

Item 1- 

   Continental Divide Trail: New Mexico (Two Cards - for older GPS with 1000 point capacity):   $31.00  

Item 2-

  Continental Divide Trail: New Mexico on a single card (Requires GPS with 2000 waypoint capacity) $15.50

Item 3- Item 2 plus track files and alternates  $25.50

  Continental Divide Trail: New Mexico on a single card + Tracks + Alternates as POI's  $25.50

 

      Waypoints go with this book

Item 1- 

  Continental Divide Trail: Colorado (Two Cards - for older GPS with 1000 point capacity):   $31.00  

  Item 2-    

  Continental Divide Trail: Colorado on a single card (Requires GPS with 2000 waypoint capacity)  $15.50

Item 3- Item 2 plus track files and alternates  $25.50     

Continental Divide Trail: Colorado on a single card  + Tracks + Alternates as POI's   $25.50

 

      Waypoints go with this book

Item 1- 

  Continental Divide Trail: Wyoming  (Two Cards - for older GPS with 1000 point capacity):   $31.00  

Item 2-    

Continental Divide Trail: Wyoming on a single card  (Requires GPS with 2000 waypoint capacity)   $15.50

Item 3- Item 2 plus track files and alternates  $25.50    

Continental Divide Trail: Wyoming on a single card  + Tracks + Alternates as POI's   $25.50

 

      Waypoints go with this book

Item 1- 

  Continental Divide Trail: Montana/Idaho (Three Cards - for older GPS with 1000 point capacity):   $46.50  

Item 2- 

  Continental Divide Trail: CDT MT/ID Waypoint files on two cards  (Requires GPS with 2000 waypoint capacity) $31.00

Item 3- Item 2 plus track files and alternates  $51.00

  Continental Divide Trail: CDT MT/ID Waypoint files on two cards plus tracks  + Tracks + Alternates as POI's  $51.00

 

CDT Alternates 

Continental Divide Trail Alternate Routes in gpx format

            Click on image to go to publisher's sale page

Important notes about alternate routes:  The Alternate Route maps and waypoints were created using a combination of hiker submitted track files captured with recreational GPS, USFS shape data, and data recently collected by us using our professional gear. Because of the multiple data sources,  the lower accuracy of recreational GPS, and lack of control over how it was collected, the alternate route maps and waypoints are expected to be somewhat less accurate than those for the official route which was all collected using professional equipment under strict guidelines.  To compensate for this, multiple tracks were used when available, and the data was carefully edited using aerial photography and other methods.  Many users of the official route Mapbooks have reported that when using a GPS to navigate to intersections or other distinct features they are able to routinely close within 15 feet or so. I expect that distance to be greater using this data and would advise users to expect discrepancies of 50 to 100 feet in some places.  If you find any gross errors, coding errors, etc., I would appreciate it if you gathered a new waypoint for the location and sent it to me when you get the chance. The gps should be set up in the WGS 84 datum, and held above head height whenever you collect a waypoint.  

Data matches waypoints found in the new CDT Alternates Mapbook for 2014. 

Routes included:

New Mexico
Columbus - Deming - Gila
Gila River
Walnut Creek - Silver City direct route to Gila River
Old road walk route to Pietown
Cebolla Wilderness
Bonita - Zuni canyon
Mt Taylor Summit
Ghost Ranch

Colorado
Creede Cutoff
Collegiate Peaks Low Route (newly opened high route may be impassable in early season)
Argentine Spine (is also in the CO Mapbook)
Silverthorne

Wyoming
Cirque of the Towers
Knapsack Col
Leeds Creek  (avoids a difficult navigation area - is also in the WY Mapbook)   

Idaho / Montana
Mack's Inn
Anaconda
Spotted Bear (a popular alternate in the Bob Marshall Wilderness)
Dawson Pass (Glacier NP)  

Alternates added to cards will be in POI format to overcome the 2000 Waypoint limit of most GPS receivers.

 

  Continental Divide Trail: Alternate Waypoint files (Two Cards - for older GPS with 1000 point capacity):   $31.00  

  Continental Divide Trail: Alternate Waypoint files on one card  (Requires GPS with 2000 waypoint capacity) $15.50

  Add Autoloader to any other cards listed above -  $10.00 per card

 

Custom Programming - Send your GPS to us - No Cards needed

We will custom program everything you need to hike the entire CDT into the internal memory of your GPS for $80.00. This setup leaves the card slot on your GPS available for using Garmin 24K Map Cards, or if you prefer the classic Waypoint format, for our programmed Waypoint cards.     

Included programming:

POI's - The entire CDT waypoint list in POI format.

Tracks - The track files are built from the same highly accurate database used for our printed maps. In order to work in a recreational GPS, they have been thinned to a point interval of 50 feet or so, and some smaller details such as switchbacks, curves, etc. will not be seen.  These are the the most accurate trackfiles available anywhere for the CDT or The Colorado Trail.  These track files are not available for free download. Alternate Routes are only available as waypoints - they are not available as track files. 

Maps: I suggest purchasing these three products from Garmin : Garmin TOPO US 24K micro SD Data Cards: Topo 24K Mountain South (010-C0951-00), Mountain Central (010-C0950-00), and Mountain North (010-C0952-00) 

The GPS needs to be shipped to our address in Colorado via Priority Mail so you are able to track it.  We will return it the same way.  We are not responsible for loss in shipping, so make sure you get tracking.  We are out on the trail or elsewhere much of the year, so set this all up via a phone conversation or e-mail before sending your GPS.   

  Click here for custom programming of your GPS  $80.00  (CDT)

The setup for The Colorado Trail is a bit different.  Because of the lower number of waypoints, the GPS will be programmed with waypoints instead of POI's.  If you would also like to have background maps added, purchase the Garmin MapSource TOPO! US 24k Southwest Topographic Coverage of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico (DVD) and send it with your GPS.  We will create maps using it and return the DVD with the programmed GPS.  Another option is to purchase the TOPO US 24K - Mountain Central SD card  (010-C0950-00).  With all the rest of the data in the main memory of the GPS, the SD card slot is available for the map card.  

  Click here for custom programming of your GPS  $80.00  (The Colorado Trail)

Note:  When you order downloads you may be charged a shipping charge, which is calculated by Paypal and beyond our control. We will refund this charge when we fill the order.    

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