News, Tutorials

A few tips about formats and GPX

Adventures when enjoyed with friends, are twice as good. And yet unfortunately we cannot always head out with others, in which case we love to share our tracks! There are currently dozens of platforms dedicated just for this purpose. There are also those whose main function is to allow users to store and organize all the data on their training sessions however they like. Whether we use the former, the latter or both format compatibility is always a concern.

TwoNav has its own file format: TRK , but it also boasts the big plus that one can also use BTRK, an extension referring to a unique and fantastic navigation format known as Roadbook. There is no easier and more intuitive system today to follow a track: it features a navigation system that runs all by itself with both visual and acoustic signs all along the way, so users barely have to pay attention to the GPS screen. It also allows you to include all kinds of additional information, like coordinates, photos, videos, descriptions, links and icons for the most significant sites on your routes.

Our TwoNav devices, in addition to TRK, also work with almost all the universal formats such as GPX, TCX, PLT and even KML and KMZ. Amongst all these the most widely used is GPX, a format compatible with many other services. Most sports management platforms where you can share tracks support this format.

If  you are a regular user of this kind of platform you will probably be interested in the fact that our TwoNav devices records directly in the GPX format. It is possible and also very simple to set up your device so that it directly records in it. To do so you just go to the main menu on the TwoNav device and follows these steps:

>Settings (the gear icon in our main menu, shown in the pictures)

> Full Set-up

> Tracklog

> File

> File Format (Once here you will be able to choose the GPX format.)

However you may find yourself needing to share tracks that you had previously recorded in TRK. This is no problem because the format conversion can also be done later thanks to our Land software, and in a very simple way: just open the track in Land and, when you save it again choose the formatting option you want, in this case GPX. It´s that simple. The only thing to keep in mind is that this new format will not retain certain information, such as track color or width, although it will conserve the most relevant aspects: such as those recorded by the external sensors (heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, potentiometer), and obviously the path.

MTB, Sponsoring, Uncategorized

David Cachón… the very special TwoNav ambassador

David Cachón is a professional cyclist in the broadest sense of the term. Passion, expertise, an admirable career and a surprising ability to evolve, have made him a renowned figure in this world. Today he lives by and for cycling , and we are sure that TwoNav’s new ambassador will impress, and have people talking.

The beginnings of a great cyclist

David Cachón has been riding bikes since as far back as he can remember. Born in Zaragoza 37 years ago, although he still lives there we could say that he has become the rider he is today travelling all over the world, and that he is above all, an adventurer.

He began competing in Trial events and was twice crowned world champion in this discipline in both 1997 and 2000. During that stage of his life he also made the Guinness Book for a straight drop on a bike and his results simply couldn’t be better. Then a new modality hit the scene called Freeride, which he fell in love with and adapted his style to. David was drawn to this discipline as it allowed him to employ all his technical skills while – and this is always important for a restless soul like his – continuing to learn, and he was soon going head to head with the world’s best riders. Today he’s still there, at the top, and doing things his very own way, having created a unique style featuring a fusion of Trial, BMX and Freeride, applying it to Enduro and road cycling.

In the purest David Cachón style

To pursue this original project he has stepped away from competition and is exploiting his incredible riding skills in a different way: searching for settings with spectacular scenery, in mountains and cities, to perform his tricks and create the most beautiful pictures possible. And unimaginable ones: the idea is to be creative, to do what no one has thought of before. In a way, it verges on art.

“The good thing about these modalities is that not everything is measured by competition,” says David. He stopped competing at around age 26 or 27 when he was still at the top, going against the grain with what was a spontaneous decision. He simply decided to pursue his yearning to travel and discover, and this gave rise to this whole new approach to riding: “At the end of the day, competition is always the same, and in the same place.” In the end it turned out that his sponsors also liked the move – even more even than the excellent results he obtained during his competitive career. Who would have predicted it? By following his heart he had found the perfect way to make his passion his way of life, and he was determined to do it right. After that it was trip after trip and although he says that each one has something special and brings back extraordinary memories, he particularly remembers his trips to Japan, Greece, and his journey last year to Jerusalem and Israel.

David Cachón’s 2016 season, with TwoNav

There are various challenges slated for 2016  though no specific dates yet. The first will be in late January: he will climb a via ferrata in the Aragonian Pyrenees with his bike on his back to access to a path promising a spectacular descent. This will be the first of many adventures he will undertake with his TwoNav, which is “made up of young people eager to try new things, so we are on the same page.” For his specialty both orienteering and planning ahead are essential, so he is bound to make great use of our Anima+ and also our famed Land products.

At TwoNav we can say that feeling is mutual as we are really excited about the touch of originality that he is going to bring to the table, and of course we applaud his creativity. He is certainly going to be a very special ambassador.

News, Tutorials
OSM explained by TwoNav

Open Street Map, explained

OSM (Open Street Map) is a collaborative system that, to put it simply, is something like the Wikipedia of maps. The project came about in 2004, headed up by Steve Coast, but has needed years and, above all, the support of almost two million users who, free of charge, have added cartographic data daily to make it the great information source it is today.

The Open Street Map is a massive database of free and editable map data. The maps that make it up can be created by any user, using geographic information captured by mobile GPS devices, like our TwoNavs, orthophotos, and other free sources. It is estimated that the number of users grows 10% every month, and 90,000 km of new roads alone are added each week. The numbers would be even greater if we included types of data, like paths and trails, roads, points of interest, etc. The quantity and quality of information on the Open Street Map system varies greatly, depending directly on the work done by users. Countries like Germany and the Netherlands have succeeded in achieving very high levels of quality in their contributions to the project, while in less developed countries the information is more limited. In some regions Open Street Map may even include areas that are not covered by any commercially-available map product.

Open Street Map is a must for Outdoor lovers, and TwoNav wants to make it clear, with a great offer on OSM maps

In 2014 an update was carried out that significantly improved the system: in addition to expanding information, updating the street guide, and introducing aesthetic adjustments, automatic routing was incorporated. Now a user only has to indicate a starting point and destination on the map, and our software automatically provides the optimal route for his activity.

As is only logical for a project of this nature, neither TwoNav nor any other entity can be held responsible for the accuracy of the data provided. What do we have to do with this system, then? At TwoNav we have invested a lot of time and effort processing maps to make them more enjoyable, user-friendly and, above all, compatible with our Land and Air software and TwoNav devices. Now our users can take advantage of the information available on Open Street Map, easily and conveniently.

Despite all the work that this has entailed, at TwoNav we really strive to recognize these types of projects, and applaud all the users/volunteers who make them possible. Thus, we wanted to maintain this “open” spirit and offer maps at a very low price: €2 for an entire country. We also include maps from around the world with the purchase of one of our GPS devices.

Happy navigation to all!

Uncategorized

Merry Christmas !

It is time for family

It is time to empty backpacks and to stow bikes.
It is time for being at home.

It is time to share your adventures with those who have missed you, and to dream with them, of times to come. We will continue to be there with you for all of them, but for now we’d like to wish you Happy Holidays, in the company of your loved ones. May you welcome the new year with great challenges in your sights.

Congratulations to the winners!

We’d also like to take the opportunity to congratulate those of you who will enjoy an extra gift this holiday season: the winners of the Ion Pro HD Camera packs in the month of December:

Albert LLop, Silvia Monin and Olivier Kleitz.

Contests, Offers

New Christmas Prize Draw!

MORE PRIZES !

We are writing to inform you that the winner of the Hd Ion Pro camera, for purchasing an Anima or Anima+ GPS during the month of November, was: Gilles Chambon

But that´s not all! Thanks to the success of the previous competition, we have decided to repeat and improve it. If you have not yet purchased your Anima or Anima+, get one this week and enter a draw for a pack worth 227€ and containing: an Ion Pro HD camera, a PODZ Wi-Fi device to instantly transfer shots, and a bracket to mount the camera on your bike or helmet.

We are giving away a complete pack every week until 23 December.The winners will be announced weekly in Facebook and Twitter, and by email the 31st of December with a complete list of all the winners.

TO BUY

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

We remind you that when you buy an Anima or Anima+ this holiday season, it comes with a free battery (powered by AAs)* so that you can enjoy longer outings.

News, Offers
Black Friday in TwoNav online store: enjoy a 20% discount on all maps

BLACK FRIDAY: 20% off all Maps

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Do you like shopping from home?
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Starting today at midnight and running for the whole weekend, you’ll be able to get all our maps at a 20% discount. Our online store never closes!
Get the best maps now and feel the freedom of exploring corners all over the world.

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Hiking, News, Sponsoring

Patagonia-bound: Marc Toralles and TwoNav

Marc Toralles lives for and from mountains. He is already a certified mountaineer, and is studying for the sport’s highest certification, determined to become a genuine sherpa. However, if experience is worth more than a degree, as they say, his is worthy of a doctorate. His next adventure will be an ascent of the Cerro Torre, a famous peak in Patagonia. There is no guarantee that he will succeed, but TwoNav will do all it can to make sure that he does.

Marc Toralles was born 33 years ago in Sant Cugat del Valles. Neither his family nor his surroundings channelled him towards his career today, so he had to achieve total independence before discovering the grandeur of the world’s greatest peaks. That was 10 years ago, and on two wheels: he and his partner wanted to take a different kind of trip, so they decided to cross the Pyrenees on mountain bikes. His connection with those towering mountain peaks was magical, but the journey was really gruelling, perhaps excessive… More than a trip, what they had done was to take on an athletic challenge. Believing that the problem was the excessive slopes, they decided to strap the bags on his bike and explore natural areas that, although distant, were more accessible on two wheels. This idea took them to remote parts of Iceland, Mongolia and India, and a series of unique experiences, but it was their first one, closest to home and also a “failure,” which had left its mark on Marc. He had fallen under the spell of the Pyrenees’ pure peaks.

He just had to return to the mountain, to the top, but to do it right. Back then he was 25. He started out with a climbing course, then joined a club, and then, realizing that his ambition went beyond anything he could find, he recruited fellow mountaineers who wanted to join him in his growth as a climber. Always combining his training with rock climbing, he started out with snow routes and later with easy grades, of about 50° or 60°, before the grades began to increase, and he was soon climbing frozen waterfalls. When he had already cut his teeth and had experience, he brought it all together on rock climbing, snow and ice walls. And his enthusiasm only grew … the mistake on his first expedition was not the mountain, but not feeling it with his own hands and feet. He travelled the world again, but this time as a mountaineer.

Last year he traveled to the Alps with fellow enthusiast Bru Busom. There they came up with a bold idea: to travel to Patagonia, a Mecca in their sport, though with potentially daunting weather, to ascend a renowned peak: the Cero Torre, surrounded by icy terrain in the heart of Patagonia. The idea soon idea blossomed into a plan and the two, Marc Toralles and Bru Busom, leave on Friday November 20 for the Americas to undertake, with TwoNav’s support, a memorable feat.

They will be very well prepared, but the weather will have the last word. In the area one day it can be 0°C, with barely a breeze, and the next it can be -20, with winds howling up to 150 km/hour. The adventure will take about 4 to 5 days; they must to hike the 40 km between their base camp, located in El Chalten, beneath the Cero Torre, climb to the summit, and return to camp, but they expect to spend between four to six weeks there, as they must wait for the forecasts to indicate a window of good weather. Even so, a prediction is only just that, and in the event of an unforeseen blizzard their two TwoNav devices will be indispensable. Marc has traveled to remote areas where maps are hard to get or not very helpful. Fissures appear randomly in the Patagonian ice, and can oblige climbers to make huge detours, so he is used to charting his own route on orthophotos. He wouldn´t dare undertaking the climb without his Twonav because, if extreme weather hit, they may have to abort their mission and retrace their steps, and in a blizzard visibility can be reduced to almost 0. In such a scenario their lives may depend on their ability to go back the way they came, and fast. He plans to make the approach with the help of the Anima, and the climb using the Ultra, because it will be much more comfortable wearing the device on his wrist when he reaches this phase. Obviously, they will bring spare batteries and a small portable charger.

Thus, this great challenge for Marc also represents one for us. We will continue to follow him closely and, whenever the Wi-Fi permits, to convey to him all our support. And, of course, we will cover this great adventure on our social networks. We’re with you all the way, Marc!