Gear Review: Garmin GPSMAP 60cx

Do you hike in the White Mountains? Do you want GPS tracks for almost every trail, for free?

I use my GPS for almost all my outdoor adventures. When I am hiking, it makes a good fallback/compliment to a map and compass. I also use it to record tracks of my adventures, so I can track my activities throughout the years. If someone wants to go to a place I have been to, I can share the track or lay it over a topo map on the website for them to work with. I’ve had a number of units over the year, and currently I use the Garmin GPSMAP C60cx. This unit allows me to upload detailed topo maps and import and export tracks and way-points from my laptop. I upload most all of my tracks the the Garmin Connect website, this allows me to easily share my tracks, as well as run reports on my activities, and it stores them online so if I ever have a computer failure, they still exist somewhere.

In addition, when I am planning a new adventure, I often search the internet for others tracks to assist in route planning. You can search for your planned activity with the keywords GPX GPS TRACK ROUTE, and usually come up with something to use. A good resource to use is Wikiloc as well. Sites such as EveryTrail and Trimble Outdoors have a ton of user submitted trips one can browse and download. This link has almost every trail in the White Mountain National Forest as a GPX file!

There are a number of detailed map products you can purchase such as the Garmin TOPO products, or you can look online for free maps. A good site I use is GPSFileDepot, which has a wide variety of maps, some with trail data etc.

There is a site called OpenStreetMap that allows you to get some map data free for garmin products.

If you don’t have the money or need for a full on GPS receiver, you can utilize your smartphone as well, my favorite app is MyTracks.

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