If you have the GPX track, you don’t actually need a map but we wouldn’t advise this. All a GPX track is is a georeferenced wiggly line and tells you nothing about where you are in relation to the rest of the world. A base map on your unit over which the GPX track of the TET will be shown is a must. If you want/have to detour around a section of the TET or just want to find the nearest campsite, fuel, shop or hotel, then this map will allow you to find a POI and take you there (although it can’t guarantee the cleanliness of the sheets or whether the fuel station is open!)
Maps for Garmin devices:
There are commercial base maps available from Garmin or national mapping agencies such as Ordnance Survey but these can cost tens if not hundreds of Euros to purchase. The alternative, and one the TET Linesmen all rate, is Open Street Mapping. This is a community based open source project that we love. There are many different presentations of the basic data available to download and can be found at:
Maps for Mobile Phone apps:
If you’re using a navigation app on a mobile phone, it will offer you both free and paid-for base mapping. If you don’t choose to use the ones that are offered then the choice of alternative free maps is perhaps wider for Android devices than iOS and a good source is:
We all love to lay a big paper map out on the kitchen table to plan our adventures or unfold one on the trail to orientate ourselves or people we meet with what we’re up to. Somehow it’s a more human action and one our brains can comprehend more easily than a little screen. Many of the Linesman have given advice on the best paper maps for their countries. One can either use these or access a specialist map retailer or online e-tailer such as Amazon.
We can only touch on Navigation here. Head on over to the TET Forum for more info and discussion.