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GPS Maps & Charts

Your GPS device is only as good as the mapping or charting information it holds. GPS navigators come with basemaps, and extensive databases that include information about things like gas stations and restaurants. But you'll often find a need for more specialized and detailed maps, especially if you use handheld, marine, or aviation GPS. This is your resource for maps and charts and how to use them.
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How to Use the Garmin Connect Course Creator Tool
How to use the free Garmin Connect Course Creator tool to map cycling and running routes online and then export them to your Garmin sports GPS device.

How to Use the Garmin Lifetime Updater
How to use the Garmin Lifetime Updater to download and install free Garmin GPS map updates.

Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail GPS Maps
Garmin Trailhead GPS mapsets stitch together complete 1:24,000 scale USGS maps for Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail.

iPhone GPS Maps: Stored in Memory vs. Downloaded on the Fly
Some iPhone GPS turn-by-turn navigtion apps store maps in the iPhone's memory, while other iPhone GPS apps download maps on the fly. Pros and cons of both types.

How to Use Google Maps Cycling Directions
How to use Google Maps cycling directions

GPS Monitoring Helped to Predict Haitian Earthquake
GPS monitoring stations provide detailed data that is helping researchers predict earthquakes, such as the one that struck Haiti.

GPS Map and Chart Basics
Consumer GPS receivers come preloaded with digital maps, or "basemaps" and often come preloaded with additional, region-specific maps to make them fully functional and useful out of the box. But there's no reason to stop there. Every class of GPS device has an extensive library of supplemental maps that can make vast amounts of additional information available to you, or meet specialized needs.

Update Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS CourseView Maps and Database
Step-by-step instructions for updating the Garmin Approach G5 golf GPS CourseView mapset and golf course database.

Send Google Maps Destinations to Your Garmin In-car GPS
How to send Google Maps destinations to your Garmin in-car GPS.

Send Google Maps Destinations to Your TomTom In-car GPS
You can use the Google Maps "send" feature to automatically send the address and exact location of any destination to your TomTom in-car GPS receiver. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

Download and Manage Garmin Car GPS Maps and Software
You have several options when it comes to obtaining and updating maps for your Garmin GPS. Here's how to locate, download, and manage Garmin GPS maps.

GPS in the Wilderness: Essential Skills
For outdoor navigation, there are only four things you should really know how to do with your GPS receiver. If you can do these, you can successfully navigate in the wilderness.

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