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06/06/2023 01:09PM  
Does anyone use mapping software to document their trips? I would like to be able to see all of the past trips I have done on one map so I can plan for areas I have not visited. Bonus if I could click on individual past routes and upload notes/pictures. Similar to the trip reports section of this site, but with mapping included. I use a SPOT beacon, but don't find the included mapping to be what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

Thank you!
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06/06/2023 04:19PM  
inReach users can track their trips and it will load onto their map page on the Garmin Explore web page. It will also load your communications (text messages).

AS for uploading pics, it sounds like you need something more comprehensive.
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06/06/2023 04:32PM  
It's far from perfect, but I keep mine in google my maps. I color code it then by year and make a segment for each travel day so I can track number of travel days to a season. It responds reasonably well to file uploads so I have placed the bwca boundary on it as well as campsites and entry points.
member (37)member
06/06/2023 04:34PM  
ArcGIS, or any good GIS mapping app, should be able to do everything you would want. Youtube is full of tutorials.
06/06/2023 06:38PM  
Garmin inreach explorer for me. Works great for real-time tracking by family at home and to review my trips when I return. I like the geo-tag feature on my phone to put a location with every picture.
06/06/2023 07:39PM  
I do this with Google Earth Pro (the desktop app, not the web app). Easier than learning how to use GIS software like ArcGIS or QGIS. It will let you upload tracks, add notes to said track, upload waypoints and pictures, add additional map layers, and even more.

Bonus is that you can also add portage and campsite locations. It's my all-in-one tool for trip planning.

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06/06/2023 07:49PM  
Gaia GPS app. Can color match routes and personalize as much as possible. Drop waypoints and later attach pictures within.
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