An der Bordeira de Norte

Cape Verde
Hiking and Trekking

GPS Data on Mini-CD-Rom
a supplement for the use of our hiking-maps and guides

Lucete Fortes
Dr. Pitt Reitmaier

8cm Minidisk in stabiler Plastikhülle

avaible from Cape Verde only

 
 


Provided are GPS-Routes of hiking trails on Santo Antão, São Nicolau and São Vicente, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago jointly with a top-quality programme for upload and download on a Mini-CD Rom.

GPS for Hiking - an introduction

"GPS" stands for Global Positioning System and allows precise orientation and navigation worldwide by use of satelllite signals.
All you need is a portable receiver, the size of a cellular phone. The device does not only help you to find your routes. It also writes a track of your itinerary, calculates distances, speed and time elapsed to the next target. This way, hikers keep a set of "Signposts in a pocket" with a precison of +-10 m.

Routes, Tracks and Waypoints are stored in the internal memory. USB or serial interfaces allow upload and download of data from PCs. Almost all GPS programmes allow to use a mapfile as a background.

From many thousands of GPS waypoints needed to design our hiking-maps, we selected the routes for clients, perfectly in accordance to our maps and guidebook texts.

Maps, magnetic compass and guidebooks
can not be substituted by GPS on mountain-trails!

Electronic equipment may fail due to a variety of reasons.
 
 

handheld GPS receiver

Examples:
left:
GARMIN® GPS 12,
an older heavy duty handset, still perfecty adapted to the conditions in Cape verde.
Right:
GARMIN® eTrex series
smaller and more civilized, the with a wide range of features.

GPS Receivers

Fishermen, sports sailors and hunters are the traditional purchasers of handheld receivers. Accordingly, the devices are quite resistant and waterproof. One finds the best selection in outdoor- und sailing shops.
Top models compete with rapidly growing features like colorscreens, digital maps, extended memory, barometric altitude measurement, compass etc.
For hiking in Cape Verde, simple models are sufficient as long as no digital maps are available. Paper maps and a compass are indispensable anyhow.

The minimal capacity required for use of the data sets is:

  • 12 Satellites
  • 500 Waypoints
  • 10 Routes
  • Computer interface USB or serial
  • Compatibility of receiver, computer, software and data!

 

 
  GPS Programmes for PC
ant.gif (8593 bytes) TRACKMAKER® is an outstanding shareware developped by Odilon Ferreira Junior and our favourite for up- and download of GPS-Data. Odilon has authorized us to distribute his software on our Mini-CD-Rom.  The only condition for use of his programme is the declaration never to use it for purpose detremenatal to the environment.
Trackmaker connects to more than 100 GPS-Receivers made by Garmin®, Lowrance®, Magellan®, MRL® and   Brunton/Silva® .

®  registered trademarks of firms mentioned

 

GPS Data on Mini-CD-Rom

The latest Version contains a directory per every one of the islands preferred by hikers, covered by our maps:

BV tracks on Boa Vista
MA tracks on Maio
SA

tracks on Santo Antão
PL_all.gmt  district of Paúl
RG_all.gmt  district of Rª Grande
PN_all.gmt  district of Porto Novo

SN tracks on São Nicolau
ST tracks on Santigao
SV tracks onSão Vicente
Trackmak Program GPS Trackmaker
 
   

Data are presented in two file-formats:

  1. *.xls   MS Excel spreadsheets for typing in
  2. *.gtm data-files for  TRACKMAKER for upload

Example Data:

316

Route

Copyright: Reitmaier Fortes

Waypoint
Designation
North
South
°
´
East
West
°
´

SUL101

VOQUIN LOJA

N

16

58.882

W

25

11.912

SUL009

PEDRA JORGE

N

16

59.069

W

25

11.657

SUL008

LISPENSE CHAFARI

N

16

59.585

W

25

12.434

BORD01

Pedra negra

N

16

59.914

W

25

12.887

BORD02

Subida

N

17

00.004

W

25

13.084

BORD03

Pe Tome

N

17

00.369

W

25

13.429

BORD04

Tampa Tome

N

17

00.859

W

25

13.744

BORD05

-

N

17

01.157

W

25

14.098

BORD06

-

N

17

01.448

W

25

14.090

BORD07

-

N

17

01.839

W

25

14.021

BORD08

Bons Sonhos

N

17

02.276

W

25

13.964

NORT16

BORDEIRA NORTE

N

17

02.437

W

25

13.888


Download Example Data of Route 316 called
Example.gtm and table Example.xls in a zip-file.

 
  updated: 10.10.2011