This is probably just a food for thought post.
But, here goes ---
Over the years, I've spent a fortune on USGS topos purchased from the USGS map store, needing to replace most of them every year.
About 2000 [Yes, 10 years ago.] I purchased a copy of iGage's All Topo Maps v6 Alaska! and haven't looked back.
This is a complete library of USGS topographic maps for the state of Alaska.
They do make a set for every state.
There is a new v7 out now, but they are still selling v6.
I still use this 11CD set [12 with the update] that I purchased 10 years ago, all the time.
With the somewhat "clunky" stitching feature, I can build composite topos that print at 1:63,360, or 1:50k if I prefer, on 13x19 from my large format photo printer.
Perfect for standardized map and compass work.
I always carry hard copies of these topos and BlueCharts for the areas I'm tripping into and will continue to do so.
My GPS12XL finally died last summer.
My GPSmap76CSx is so new that I'll be taking it into the field for the 1st time in a couple of days now.
So, where is this leading?
I hate the Garmin and Delorme topo maps.
As far as I'm concerned compared to the USGS topos they are garbage.
I like the BlueCharts and do load then into my GPS for traveling.
I would rather use the topo hard copies I'll be carrying than loading Garmin's topos into the GPS.
So, my question:
is there any possibility that the iGage topos, and/or the USGS data available online could be adapted so that they could be loaded into my GPSmap 76CSx and used?
I have asked this question once before in another forum a couple of months ago.
I got no response from anyone.
I'm about to leave on a week +/- trip.
When I return, I'll be open to any possibilities offered up to see if it can be done.
Here are the topos I normally use.
The first 4 are what print to 13X19 as 1:63,360.
The last 2 are over sized for my use on the PC.
It sure would be nice to be able to use them in the hand unit.