Free Mapping for Garmin Units

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Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Redballrun » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:44 pm

We at TET LOVE the Open Street Map mapping! It makes navigating the TET so much easier. Alternative routes, campsites, petrol and sites are all marked clearly. Sure, some countries are better served than others but the community run open source nature of it just rings our bells!

Choose the country or areas you need and download them to your GPS at: http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl
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Download List of OSM Maps for Garmin

Post by Linesman-A » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:34 pm

The internet provide a huge range of free and ready to go maps for Garmin Devices. On of the best collection of ressources I have found so far ist available at:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_ ... n/Download

After a short introduction in the character of garmin map files you will find lost of sources for Wordwide, Europe or region maps in a huge range of different formats. Overall the lot of different sources available at this link the following two resources have become my personal favorites. But as always it is down to personal needs and preferences which of the many sources will be your personal favorites:

OPEN STREET MAPS: http://www.frikart.no/
OPEN FIELDS MAP (TOPO: http://www.openfietsmap.nl/

Feel free to have a look on the wiki and find a huge variety of different maps and layouts. A personal hint are riding maps. Somehow power lines are often displayed in them. You will find often old gravel around along them which have been built for setup and are sometimes used for maintenance purposes.
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by brainwood » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:09 am

My contribution to free garmin maps post:
http://garmin.opentopomap.org/
Europe Topographical maps, updated every week.
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Linesman-A » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:15 am

For everyone looking for a good collection of sources of free OSM (open street) and OFM (open field) maps have a look on the following wiki page:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_ ... n/Download

Here you find about 50 (!) different download sources for maps having different purposes, styles, layouts, regions.
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by icemancometh » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:14 am

N00b question - Do any of the free maps also work with voice prompts on the Montana?
New to GPS units (always relied on phones)
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Ard » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:38 pm

You could try it and report back ?
The very first thing I always do when I use a GPS that's new to me is switch off ALL sound ! :hrmpf :lol
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by icemancometh » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:19 pm

I got beeps and no voice prompts so far - It would be useful at times not relevant for TET though.

I do turn off all the beeps but on google maps I switch between no prompts/warnings/all prompts depending on the situation while driving/riding. Was wondering if Montana on free maps can only beeps or provide voice prompts.
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Craig » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:08 pm

Ard wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:38 pm
You could try it and report back ?
The very first thing I always do when I use a GPS that's new to me is switch off ALL sound ! :hrmpf :lol
Me to. I can not stand a woman telling me where to go.
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Ard » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:19 pm

Craig wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:08 pm
Ard wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:38 pm
You could try it and report back ?
The very first thing I always do when I use a GPS that's new to me is switch off ALL sound ! :hrmpf :lol
[*][*]Me to. I can not stand a woman telling me where to go.

:lol :lol :lol :handgestures-thumbup:

(whispers:) if only women were that easy to turn the sound off (/whispers) :duel:
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Re: Free Mapping for Garmin Units

Post by Didado » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:53 pm

icemancometh wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:19 pm
I got beeps and no voice prompts so far - It would be useful at times not relevant for TET though.

I do turn off all the beeps but on google maps I switch between no prompts/warnings/all prompts depending on the situation while driving/riding. Was wondering if Montana on free maps can only beeps or provide voice prompts.
It doens't have bluetooth so on a motorcycle the only option would be to plug your helmet headset directly in the mini jack and then you would need to buy the Garmin Street Maps for voice nav.
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