[Cdt-l] GPS and TOPO! ready files (based on Jonathan's Google, Earth file)

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Sun Jan 3 21:40:10 CST 2010

Just a few comments on this...

As Blisterfree mentions below, part of the idea was that anyone could 
take the .kmz file I created and edit / personalize it. I originally 
drew the kmz route about 4 years ago, and had only rudimentary tools at 
the time. It involved a lot of exporting, reformatting and importing 
data, and a bit of simple .kml coding.

Now, there is a great kml/kmz editor built right into Google Earth. 
Anyone with a computer & the bandwidth (both personal time & Internet 
speed) can refine the route, add links to their trailjournal, add 
alternate routes, etc. etc. etc... The reason the route is more refined 
in northern MT is because I did more work on that section a couple years 
ago using the GE editor - drew the route more accurately, added 
alternates, added a few placemark notes, and links to photos on my 
website). I've had intentions of doing the rest of the route similarly, 
but have had too many other priorities.

Thanks for all the kudos... I have to pass on a lot of that to all the 
hikers who send back info each year. The maps stay fresh because of all 
the feedback. Right now, I'm searching for the bandwidth to complete the 
2010 updates... as a new homeowner who just spent the past 3 days 
painting a ceiling and going completely stir crazy, I'm wondering how 
exactly this is going to work... but I'm sure I'll get it figured out :-)


Brett wrote:
> Yep, the data is all verbatim from Jonathan's KMZ file. I'm not sure, 
> but it looks like Jonathan may be adding in alternate routes from the 
> northern terminus southward. Montana shows a lot of these, for 
> instance, but few if any south of there, and much of the "main track" 
> in WY, CO, and NM is presumably templated around what Jonathan 
> actually walked, ie some of it is surely out of date in terms of 
> defining a "main" or "most popular" route. Based on his website 
> description it looks like JL may be accepting "donations" of 
> additional data, which could be added to his file and then filter 
> downward from there.
> My main intent with the GPX files was to offer the two (nobo and sobo) 
> versions of a universally GPS-friendly single-file set of track 
> segments for the whole trail, that could be uploaded once prior to a 
> thru-hike and referred to whenever needed, without the need to upload 
> additional files during the hike due to storage capacity issues. In 
> the jungle of various GPS data sets available in cyberspace, this 
> seemed to be a niche that hadn't yet been filled. The compromise with 
> such a single-file approach will always be the unsatisfactory answer 
> to the question of which route to offer. My intent is not to answer 
> this, but if the trail community can settle on something (perhaps the 
> CDTA route except where unpopular and little-used?) then that might 
> present the best possible answer for now.
> - bf
> Rick Ostheimer wrote:
>> These posts from Jonathan Ley's maps are great, but note that the 
>> southern terminus for NM is showing as Antelope Wells.  This was one of 
>> the two southern terminii when Ley hiked, but now I understand the 
>> "official" terminus is Crazy Cook.  I also understand that Antelope 
>> Wells is to be avoided due to drug smuggling and illegal immigration 
>> activity.
>> Handlebar
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