Southern Alberta Trail Mapping Project
1) How do I make a good track log?
a. Before starting your trip, go into the Setup menu for your GPSr. If it has options for adjusting the recording frequency or quality set it to the best available. Usually this is shown as "most often".
2) What do you want me to send you?
3) What trails do you need?
the Trail List section for a list of current
the mapset. Feel free to send any trail data that you might have
it is shown in the list. If we already have a trail, we will
data and look for descrepancies that could help to improve the mapset.
We are also pleased to get "routes" of any ascent or descent that you have done. Any path that is not on a well defined trail is marked as a route (Rt) on the maps to let you know that the path is only one possible way to the destination.
4) I've uploaded your maps and I found an error or would like to see a change made.
Please feel free to send any helpful information to our e-mail address. This mapping project is for you the map user and anything we can do to make it more useful is our goal.
5) I've installed your maps and I can’t see anything in Mapsource or Basecamp.
a) First you need to choose the mapset. Click on “View” in the menu bar. Then choose “Switch to Map Product” and click on “Southern Alberta Trail Maps”. When chosen, a checkmark should appear next to the name.
b) Next you need to be looking at a location on the map that has a trail on it. Open the test file by clicking on this sentence. Then center the map on the one waypoint in the file. Click on the “Waypoints” tab is the side bar. Right click on the waypoint “Forgetmenotpond” and choose “Show Selected Waypoint on Map”. The map will then center on that waypoint.
c) Now zoom in using the magnifying glass symbol with the + inside in the upper toolbar until the trails show up. If you are still not seeing anything, try pressing CRTRL-G.
6) How do I get these to auto-route?
I want to go to a spot in
This is not the greatest way to get to that location. Fortunately I have the Southern Alberta Trail maps and can see a nice trail to take me there. I ignore the route and head towards the trailhead. Once I get off of the City Select route, the unit recalculates the route and uses the Southern Alberta Trail Maps instead as I have moved onto those maps.
You may need to manually force the unit to recalculate depending on the situation.
7) If the road or trail is on both map sets, which map will the unit use in routing?
The unit should choose the Southern Alberta Trail Maps in preference to any other maps as long as they are “normal” and not “transparent” maps.
8) I keep get route calculation errors when used with other routable maps.
On the newer style units like the Nuvis and
9) In Mapsource, I see roads and rivers, but they are not on the GPS.
Starting in version 1.14, we have added roads, water features and some points of interest that are ONLY viewable within Mapsource. These have been provided to aid in route planning. The data is from Ibycus’ maps (www.ibycus.com). If you would like this data on your GPS, please install Ibycus’ maps at the same time as the CAT maps and you will see them together.
Starting in version 1.18, this road data is now on a second detailed map. If you do not want these roads on the GPS, make sure NOT to send the map titled “Mapsource Only” to the GPS and only the “Southern Alberta Trail Maps”. See this page for more details.
10) The trails are red in Mapsource but not on my GPS
Starting in version 1.14, TYP customization has been added to improve the visibility of trails and unpaved roads. This customization only works within Mapsource and on newer style Garmin GPS units. Older units do not support this and the trails will appear as they normally did in the past.
11) What are the different lines for and what is "Thick" and "Thin".
a) The thick lines are a bit wider and work best on the higher resolution units like the Oregon. The thin lines are better for low resolution units like a 64. Use what you feel looks best.
b) There are four main "trail" types used. These give a rough indication of the type of trail, but you should be familiar with the local rules and not take these as gospel.