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Start up the GMap (20) Top Level

  1. Find the Gmap link
     Here's how: There is a GMap link on every Mountain page or Trip report page. So search for a nearby mountain, and then click the GMap link. For trip reports, I'm going to use my "Mount Callaghan Circumnavigation" as an example. So search for that report, and continue.

  2. Click on the link
     When you click the GMap link at the top of the trip report page, you see a topographic map. The default map is a scanned version of the familiar 1:50,000 NTS topo map published by the Canadian Government.

  3. Learn how to use 2 separate windows on your computer
     It is most useful to have the map in a separate window from the trip report. Lots of people I've talked to don't know how to get two separate windows on their computer. Fortunately both PC and Mac are similar. On the PC, with my version of Firefox, if I click "GMap" it initially comes up in the same window but a separate tab.
     - Go to the map tab and "right click". This brings up a menu box. Choose "Move to separate Window".

    Here's how to do it on an Apple Macbook Pro equipped with a trackpad instead of a mouse. Go to the mountain page and click GMap link. Note that GMap comes up in a separate browser tab. You can then do a "two finger" click on the GMap tab, which brings up a menu box with "Move to a separate window".

  4. Note the Purple trip line
     Note your map shows a purple line showing the trip.

  5. Note the Roads and trails
     Note your map shows various orange and green lines. These are roads and trails.

  6. Notice the mountain icons
     Notice the mountain icons superimposed on it.

  7. In GIS systems, these roads, trails, peaks and trip waypoints are referred to as "layers". The layers are overlaid on top of the base map (the topo map).