November 13, 2014

How to Fix The Connection Problem with Garmin GPS 60CSx and MapSource Software

About seven years ago, I purchased a Garmin 60CSx Gps. At the time, I was going through the ACMG Ski Guide Program and needed a reliable GPS unit. Since I wanted to add maps to the handheld unit, I acquired the Garmin MapSource Canada Topo series.

The combination worked great until I left the Windows XP operating system behind and moved on to Vista and now Windows 7. Since that time, I have not been able to sync my GPS unit to the MapSource software - which is to say that I have not been able to upload maps / routes to the device or download routes / waypoints to the software. Once I left XP, the MapSource was not able to detect my GPS when it was plugged in, and the main error message would be "The Serial Port Com 1 Does Not Exist."  Needless to say, this has been extremely frustrating and I have spent way too much time trolling the Internet for a solution.

Fret not.

Minus twenty degree Celsius may not be great for rock climbing, but it is good for toiling away indoors.

So here's the quick fix to link your Garmin 60CSx GPS to your MapSource software (procedure for uploading map to the device):

1) Turn GPS on and connect to computer with supplied usb cable.
2) Go to Main Menu page
3) Go to Setup
4) Go to Interface
5) Click on USB Mass Storage
6) Open MapSource Software and highlight whatever segment of the map you want to save.
7) Click on the down arrow to the right of the download to GPS icon.
8) Click on Storage Card Reader
9) Click Save
10) Don't forget to properly eject the device when done

I hope this helps! 

November 12, 2014

Solo Base

Winter just arrived with -20 degree celsius. At times like this, the safest thing to do is just kick back and pretend you are one of these guys.

November 03, 2014

Fall in the Canadian Rockies - Mt Athabasca, Mt Lorette and Echo Canyon

Climbing up the summit ridge of Mt. Athabasca with Andromeda and the Columbia Icefields in the background.

After a summer of lift-access guiding in Europe, it was refreshing to spend the the last few days of the season toughing it out in the Canadian Rockies. Here are some shots from a Thompson Rivers University Mountain 2 Course that took place in the Bow Valley and The Columbia Icefields. 

Climbing the Ridge on Mt. Lorette in K-Country.

Check out the steez on these guys!

Climbing the low-angle ice on the North Glacier of Athabasca.

Heading down. The arid landscape is reminiscent of climbing in the Andes.

Looking north towards Jasper.

And some fun climbing on the 4-pitch Prospect in Echo Canyon. The 3rd pitch is the best 5.10 in the Bow Valley. 

Rapping off with the Coliseum glowing in the afternoon light in the background.

November 01, 2014

Sweetgrass Afterglow

AFTERGLOW - Lightsuit Segment from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.

As the snow falls here in the Canadian Rockies, I thought I'd share this awesome clip from the guys at Sweetgrass.