I am just computer literate. I can do the basic stuff but do not know any IT speak. Thus, I do get a little confused when reading information on the internet, blogs and in outdoor magazines about computer mapping software for use in the outdoors.
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Over the last few years I have bought various bits of software and hardware (you see I do know some technical terms!) piecemeal, and it’s all a bit of a mish-mash. I feel like I need to rationalise and sort it out – but without spending too much. So I’d be pleased to receive advice on how best to do this and what systems work for other walkers and backpackers.
There are probably two main pieces of information I should share – what I want it to do and what I currently have.
What do I want it for?
I want to use it to help plan routes in advance of a trip, mainly to provide me with distance and height gained and lost. And possibly provide a route profile.
I want to use a GPS when I am out on the hill. Mainly just to check my position or to give a little extra confidence in poor visibility. I always have map and compass with me. I am not that bothered about having the route itself on the GPS device but I want the latter to have OS mapping loaded on it.
What do I already have?
Laptop running Windows 7
Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Notebook (Android)
An oldish Satmap Active 10 with a couple of sim cards of the Lakes at 1:25k and part of Perth and Kinross at 1:25k. I hardly ever use this now as I save weight by just taking my smartphone. Its map coverage would be insufficient for, say, the TGO Challenge.
Samsung Galaxy III smartphone (Android), loaded with Viewranger 1:50k OS mapping of the whole of the UK + The Lakes at 1:25k. Even with a couple of spare batteries for longer trips this is still lighter than the Active 10.
Memory Map on my laptop with mapping of The Lakes at 1:25k, England and Wales at 1:50k and part of Scottish Highlands at 1:50k (roughly the TGO Challenge areas but not quite enough coverage for possible future routes). I find Memory Map is crashing regularly and the Scottish maps keep losing elevation data for reasons unknown. But if I am to persevere with Memory Map I need to buy more map coverage.
In the past I tried Grough Route for planning but couldn’t be doing with the online route planning which I found very slow and cumbersome and I never really got the hang of it.
Any suggestions on how I could sort this out?