It's that time of year, when handheld GPS enthusiasts' thoughts turn to
tech toys the outdoors. Yes, spring will be here soon, very soon for some of us, and I've got a few goodies for those of you ready to hit the trail:
More free maps for your Garmin GPS
I don't know who John M. is, but he's my hero du jour, because he's posted a southeastern U.S. map with 20 foot contour intervals at GPS File Depot (image at left). The map installs directly to MapSource. There's also one for New England and much of the southwest. As I perused the site, I also noticed an RSS feed, so you can easily be notified as new maps are posted. This is the best single location I know of for downloading free Garmin-compatible maps for the U.S. Now I just need someone to upload a transparent trails map for the southeast!
The guys in Yarmouth, Maine have been busy. In the last couple of days, they've gone live with the "Send to GPS" feature on geocaching.com, and released a public beta 2.5 firmware for the PN-40 (you must be logged in to see the download links). The update includes lots of paperless geocaching improvements (screen shots at end of post, below). Follow the link for details.
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