User Treks: Instructions

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 18:26


What are User Treks and How are They Used?

User Treks is a collection of user submitted GPS data files and descriptions. These are available for view and download. The Download option is available to ExplorOz Members only, and User Treks can be downloaded either directly from the Trek itself, or by adding the file to your My Plans (My Plans can be created by Visitors but can only be downloaded by Members).

Why are They Needed?

Unlike a Street Navigation device, most Off-Road navigation devices and software programs do not automatically navigate along a track. Instead they use Moving Map to display the map most relevant to your location, or can navigate either along a track (using a track file) or between a series of waypoints. A User Trek is a type of track file (also known as a plot or .plt file), and enables your device to then navigate along the recorded track.

Finding User Treks

User Treks are displayed under the Treks in the ExplorOz Site Menu, simply hover over the Treks heading, then click on the User Treks option.

There are three easy ways to find User Treks relevant to you. If you know the name of the User Trek, enter the name in the search field. Alternatively, you can browse by state, and then refine via Region if needed. Or you can view all User Treks via map, then zoom into areas of interest. For your convenience, the Most Popular and Recently Added Treks are also displayed on the User Treks home page.

Downloading User Treks

You can either select to download a Trek immediately, or add to My Plans. At time of download you will be given the following options

GPX - this is an open or non proprietary format that can be read by most devices
GeoRSS - a web based format
OziExplorer - format designed to work best with OziExplorer
CSV - an Excel list format
Hema Navigator - format designed to work best with the Hema Navigator

If you have your device connected, you can transfer the file direct to the device, or you can save all files onto your computer's hard drive for transfer at a later date.

Compatible Devices

User Treks files can be utilised by Handheld GPS Units, "All In One" Navigators such as the Hema and VMS devices, as well as Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops running GPS software such as OziExplorer and TrackRanger. If you are unsure, look at the device's instructions to find out which format it accepts for uploading track files.

User Treks for Navigaton

Note that these files have all been submitted by other ExplorOz users, and therefore caution and common sense must be used when using these files for navigation. We have recently done a clean up of this system to remove any "dud" sections of tracks, and will continue to do so periodically, however please ensure you have done your research on the area and have back-up hard copy maps. Please see this blog for details on creating, saving or uploading your own files.
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