Wednesday, 04 September 2019
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I'm going to allow all Trail Ambassadors to submit trails, roads, and tours to the directory. As soon as that feature is turned on, I'll let you know. It's fairly easy, you fill out the form which guides you through what's needed, write a little snippet about the trail, and then upload pics, videos, and the map file that you recorded on your phone or tablet.

I use Back Country Navigator Pro to record because it allows many adventure folders, map data that can be stored on an SD card (most map programs don't allow that and will quickly eat up your storage), and it has the APRS droid feature so, with the ham radios, it allows us to see one other on offline maps via a phone or tablet. http://backcountrynavigator.com/ available in both android and apple.

Next, I use OnXhunt https://www.onxmaps.com which can provide plat map data so you know if a trail is on private or public property. Again, this map program doesn't allow offline storage or APRS but it works great for plat maps.

Lastly, I use https://www.expertgps.com/ to clean up map files and convert them from GPX to KML, add links from the GPS file to the online directory listing, etc. If you make a clean file via your phone or tablet, you likely wouldn't need this program, but it's nice for combining a lot of things to make tours, change icons, add more data to map files.

We want map data that follows the Trail Rating System (up top in the menu). When you come across a mud hole (low), or hill, or obstacle, we measure those things and then report them in the GPS file we're making. The highest level items that don't have a bypass will become the trail level. If a trail has no name or road name, we use the local area lakes, gullies, etc. to come up with a name relevant to that area.

Over winter, I'll make a detailed guide for your Trail Ambassador books, but if you want to try it out, it'll be turned on soon. We can then talk about how to fine-tune it as needed. I tried making everything dead simple for making a submission, the only thing I can't check is how good of a map file you made
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It looks like backcountry navigator is only on android.
http://backcountrynavigator.com/about/
I cannot find it in the Apple store or reference to it being in the Apple store on their website.
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id sure like to find a mapping program that is apple friendly, I already have an iPad and an iPad mini.... anyone else have thoughts or know of one that really works well and is EASY for an old guy to use?
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So Jason Knuth went with Gaia, it seems both of those apps work well for our stuff.
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Hey all - what do you use for viewing the GPX files on this site? Is there a preferred app or method so that you have access to all the GPX files whether online or offline?

I found a GPX viewer (Open GPX Tracker) in the Apple app store, but I would (I think) have to download all the GPX files one by one and load them into the viewer. Which sounds like a pain. Has anyone found an easier way?
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Hey all - what do you use for viewing the GPX files on this site? Is there a preferred app or method so that you have access to all the GPX files whether online or offline?

I found a GPX viewer (Open GPX Tracker) in the Apple app store, but I would (I think) have to download all the GPX files one by one and load them into the viewer. Which sounds like a pain. Has anyone found an easier way?


What I'm trying to accomplish is having all the trail locations available on my iPhone so as I'm driving around the state, I can take a quick glance to see if there is a trail nearby. You get it - I don't want to reinvent the wheel! ;-)
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