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GPS maps – how to

I’ve been asked twice this week alone how to turn a GPS logged race into a pretty little map for your blog post, social media use etc.

The process is pretty simple – and I’m sure there are other tools, methods and processes out there for doing this. This is the one I stumbled upon, and it’s easy to do and quick. Also – I’m pretty sure any other GPS logger will allow you to export the files too – I just happen to be most familiar with Garmin.

You’ll need:

Log into Garmin Connect, and find the activity you want. Look for the little “gear” in the top right, and export to GPX file.

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Click this downloaded GPX file – and open it in Google Earth.

It’ll look like this (click to make bigger)

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Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 12.13.06 PMAt this point, you can use the directional and orientation tools in the top right to rotate, zoom, tilt and make the map look neat (for example, I usually move the start/finish lines to the bottom of the screen – or if we ran up a mountain, I move the peak to the top), – and if you experiment, you can import multiple files at once and get creative. Then you simply save it as an image file.

This results in a JPG you can use anywhere.



If you have a different way of doing something similar, post to the comments!

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