related information you will find there:
Since loading waypoints into a GPS manually can be
tedious and potentially disastrous (sometimes you don't
realize you programmed an "E" waypoint as a "W" waypoint
until you are lost). We have assembled PAIUTE ATV Waypoints
software for your PC to upload them to your GPS.
Detailed Topographic Maps showing highlighted
ride routes with estimated time and distances, a
real help if you want to know if a ride will last
longer than you will. Interesting things
to see along the way with GPS waypoints showing
you the route. Now this is information RICH.
This amounts to a high tech treasure hunt.
Look on the web at
www.geocaching.com to see geocaches within 150
miles of Marysvale to get details on how it works,
how to find and place your own Geocache.
Check out our geocache and information on geocaches
on and around the trail.
GPS and Mapping related links:
How Stuff Works - Description of how your GPS
Maptools.com - GREAT site for learning about
how to use Maps compass and a few basic tools.
Lots of great advice and a few inexpensive and free
Sam Wormleys GPS site - WOW, everything you
want to know about GPSs. Need a waypoint?
A Map? A Tutorial on how your GPS works?
Advice on which GPS to buy? Want to know what
the Russians use for GPS?
- Joe Mahaffey
and Jack Yeazel's GPS web site . - Everything
wanted to know concerning GPS's. Go here.
- Free Topographic maps online. Around
Marysvale , across the
World . Free is good, but these digital versions
of traditional maps lack annotation and can be difficult
to print and use effectively. The net effect
is you can be data rich and information poor.
Free Map viewing software. You'll need
this if you download free map data.
A word on buying a GPS: In the authors humble
opinion you do not need to spend a lot of money on a
GPS. GPS's are like VCRs. Every little feature
costs a few dollars more so the first thing to decide
is how much $$$ you want to spend. Many GPSs have
mapping features. This might work well but it
should NEVER replace a quality map. At best you
are forced to view the map through a 2" window which
makes detail impossible. The type of maps you
need along the Piute ATV trial are Topographic, which
means lots of detail and since the trail covers such
a large area and it is quite impossible to "scan" the
map for nearby (or far way) items. At worst you
will be highly dependent on the lifespan of the
batteries in your GPS and may find yourself with neither
map nor GPS. The same goes for compass and altimeters.
Use your GPS as a GPS, your compass as a compass and
your altimeter as a doorstop. So don't spend another
$100 getting those functions in a GPS. Get a GPS that
can store a few recorded tracks and routes. Personally
we like the Garmin Etrex Venture. Stores plenty
of waypoints and tracks. Can track back, sort
and categorize waypoints. Best of all it is small,
tough , accurate and easy to learn how to use.
The only reason we like it better than the Garmin Etrex
is it can store multiple tracklogs and routes. Think
twice about buying a used older model to save money.
Make sure it has 12 channels. This technology
has changes a LOT in the past few years so unless you
can get one for $20, and expect to get $20 of use out
of it, then pass.