Extract the following ZIP files to access the application files to install the application on your Windows computer.
- Base Camp
This is Garmin's flagship mapping application. It reads GDB(Garmin), GPX(generic),
TPO(National Geographic) and KML/KMZ(Google Earth) files. You can purchase topo
maps from Garmin.
This is an older Garmin mapping application which I still use regularly. Some
of the path creation functions are much easier for me to use. It reads GDB and
- Free NV Topo Map
This is a map installation application which was a free
download from http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/. It is not as high a resolution topo
map as your high resolution maps from Garmin, but it is free. There are many
other maps available at gpsfiledepot. Once installed the topo map is accessible
from the Garmin applications provided the mapping applications were installed
- One of the California maps I use
This map is one of the two California maps I use. Switching between this and
the next California map allows me to see different features.
other California map I use
- The trails registered with My Trails
This has only trails registered with "My Trails." Switching between this map
and any other maps allows you to see possible trails. This does not mean that
there might still be some trails that have not been registered with My Trails.
I also have used TOPO!(National Geographic) which I have had for many years.
I do not use it as much anymore since Garmin's software is free and even easier
Most often I use Base Camp and Mapsource with Google Earth, which is free from
Google. Sometimes I can see in Google Earth the trail or way that looks best
and create a path, which I can export as a KMZ file. I can read the KMZ file
in Base Camp to work with it there. After anchoring the path to elevation in
Base Camp I can export it as a GDB file to work on in Mapsource. The results
are saved back to GDB and read in Base Camp to be printed in the format I like.
It's a little cumbersome but free. I'm cheap!