April 20, 2018
While Spring tries to take hold here in the Rocky Mountain West, the Adventure Cycling Routes & Mapping staff is busily working away on rebuilding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) for all of you bikepackers.
This year, 2018, marks the 20th anniversary of the completion of our inaugural, mostly off-pavement/gravel route. To celebrate, we’re giving the maps a total refresh in design and features. Here are a few tidbits to whet your whistle, along with photos of our cartographers hard at work to meet our mid-June publication deadline.
We are extending the route northward to Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, plotting a spur route to Missoula, and adding much-asked-for south to north narratives. Narratives will be brought together so users can cut them off the map and stuff them in a jersey or pack pocket, similar to how our Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route maps are designed.
While we are excited to see all the new elements come together in the paper maps, Bicycle Route Navigator users will gain the ability to purchase map sections within the app too. GPX data will also be ready for users who wish to navigate via their Garmin device or app that accepts GPX data files.
If you’ll excuse us now, we need to get back to the business of making maps for your bikepacking adventure on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route!
Photos by Saara Snow
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Hamelman, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears once a month, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.