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Get a Sneak Peek at GPS Mapping: Make Your Own Maps

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Learning to use a GPS is fairly straightforward; deciding what software to choose is not. GPS Mapping – Make Your Own Maps guides readers through the challenging choices they face and shows them how to combine the fun of high-tech with the security of paper maps. Covering all major brands of mapping software, it also explores sources of free software and maps, how to use aerial photos and satellite imagery, and how to view backcountry locations in 3-D.

If you love the outdoors and have a soft spot for tech toys, you're about to have the time of your life!

In GPS Mapping, you will discover how to:

…make maps for FREE.
…download aerial photos and even create 3-D maps.
…create and customize your own maps.
…use hidden tips and tricks.
…reduce your learning curve and get mapping right away.
…locate trailheads using a real-time moving map on a laptop or PDA.
…transfer information between your GPS, computer, and electronic maps.

See what you can do with GPS Mapping and mapping software!

USAPhotoMaps (Chapter 5).
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Urban aerial photo image showing track and waypoint; Angeles National Forest, California. Image courtesy of Doug Cox.


National Geographic TOPO! With Streets & 3-D Views (Chapter 7)
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Topo and 3-D images showing route and waypoint; Kings Canyon National Park, California. Image courtesy of National Geographic.


Maptech Terrain Navigator Pro (Chapter 9).
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Topo and aerial photo showing tracks and waypoints; Darwin Canyon, Kings Canyon National Park, California. Image courtesy of Maptech.


DeLorme TopoUSA (Chapter 11).
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Topo and 3-D vector images showing route and waypoint; Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Image courtesy of DeLorme.


TopoFusion (Chapter 12).
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3-D topo showing track; Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California. Image courtesy of TopoFusion.


Expert GPS (Chapter 13).
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Topo and aerial photo showing track and waypoints from geocaching trip, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Image courtesy of TopoGrafix.


OziExplorer (Chapter 15).
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MrSID aerial photo showing tracks and waypoints, Mendocino County, California. Image courtesy of OziExplorer.


Fugawi GPS Mapping Software (Chapter 16).
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Topo showing waypoints and track; Yosemite National Park, California. Image courtesy of Fugawi.


GPS Mapping will help you identify which of 17 popular software programs best fits your mapmaking needs. It includes chapters about free software that allows you to download free maps from government websites. Make maps and have fun with GPS Mapping: Make Your Own Maps.

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About the Author:
Rich Owings is Executive Director of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on California's wild and rugged north coast. He is an experienced explorer of the wilderness and has enjoyed using maps for 30 years. When not making or studying maps he prefers to be canyoneering, backpacking, mountain biking, or hiking.

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