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PCT Waypoints...

Postby postholer » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:40 pm

The following was updated 11/13/2009:

Here are 1,151 Pacific Crest Trail waypoints for your perusal. Each point consists of latitude, longitude, trail section - description.

The waypoints can be viewed on the Google Map here, it loads slowly:
http://postholer.com/gmap/gmap.php?trail_id=1&markertype=14

Disclaimer: Use at your own peril. You may die if you use these waypoints.

WGS84, decimal degrees format

CSV
http://postholer.com/gmap/trails/pct/pctWaypoints_2009.csv

KML
http://postholer.com/gmap/trails/pct/pctWaypoints_2009.kml

GPX
http://postholer.com/gmap/trails/pct/pctWaypoints_2009.gpx

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Re: Waypoints...

Postby p-fitz » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:53 am

postholer wrote:You may die if you use these waypoints.


:lol:
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Postholer's waypoints and GPS

Postby jmat » Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:25 am

Thanks for sharing out these waypoints. I'm currently shopping for a GPS that I will bring on my thru-hike next month, and I plan on using your waypoints. Even at the risk of my own life. :D

I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions about their preferred GPS device. Postholer, what device did you use on the PCT?

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Re: Postholer's waypoints and GPS

Postby postholer » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:26 am

jmat wrote:Postholer, what device did you use on the PCT?


I didn't. Having a GPS trace of your journey is a great souvenier. I would only carry a GPS on the PCT for collecting data or headed into severe snow conditions requiring navigation, otherwise it's dead weight.

The waypoints were gathered using topo/satellite maps from the comfort of my chair, so again, you may die if you use these waypoints. :twisted:

With that said, I did collect some data in the southern section of the PCT '05, but the setup was very impractical and used for a specific purpose.

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How to make routes on TOPO!

Postby Akatsuki » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:07 am

So I have those waypoints on my TOPO! program. Is there an easy way to connect all of them in order to build the elevation profile on topo!?
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Re: How to make routes on TOPO!

Postby postholer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:56 pm

Akatsuki wrote:So I have those waypoints on my TOPO! program. Is there an easy way to connect all of them in order to build the elevation profile on topo!?


These are waypoints, not a trail trace. If you try to create an elevation profile it would be far, far from accurate.

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Postby brianle » Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:29 am

As far as a preferred device, I'd just search for online reviews and see what features appeal to you best, etc. Do beware of GPS units that offer maps of the entire US built-in ... they deliver on the promise, but perhaps not at a resolution that you'll want to use on the trail. I think these are 1:100,000 or even 1:250,000, not sure. They want you to separately buy packages from them that contain 1:25,000 scale maps, so for that resolution (which is what I prefer to use), the true cost of getting maps from them is higher.

The whole thing can be reasonably simple depending on what approach you take, or it can be pretty complicated. On my smartphone I'm in the process now of trying to switch from National Geographic Topo software to using www.memory-map.com software and free topo maps, but it's not totally simple, to include getting the overlay (plot, trace, whatever you want to call if) of any given trail (which is sort of what started this thread).

For most of the PCT, what I recommend is Halfmile's work, at http://www.pctmap.net/. I believe he has all of California and a little of Oregon mapped now, and except insofar as the trail moves from when he mapped it (as is being done I guess in SoCal in a big way ...), this is really accurate stuff.

The other things I recently discovered is that if you can find a trail plot in a format your software doesn't use, the free GPS Babel software isn't too difficult to figure out to convert almost any format to almost any other. Wonderful. http://www.gpsbabel.org/
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PCT Waypoints update for 2009

Postby postholer » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:40 am

The PCT waypoints have been updated for 2009. You'll find 1,151 waypoints in KML, GPX and CSV formats.

These waypoints were extracted from the PCT Google myTopo map. You should use these at your own peril; you may die if you use these waypoints.

The original post with the updated files is:
http://postholer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=624

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Useful GPS device: Garmin 60CSx

Postby jj » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:39 pm

I have used one to record tracks and waypoints for the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Accurate, easy to use, rugged, long battery life. Clear, fairly simple Garmin BaseCamp software (Mac) comes with it. I was pretty new to GPS use when I started. And with some work - like cleaning up tracks in BaseCamp, I have done some good work.

I am very satisfied with the 60CSx - one of those decisions I do not regret.
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