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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.

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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!

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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!

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TWONAV ANIMA+, discover your potential

After the launch of the modern and intuitive TwoNav Anima, TwoNav launches the new TwoNav Anima+ onto the market so that the most demanding athletes can enjoy any outdoor activity using ANT+™ technology. With it you will have data gathered in real time through external sensors (speed, cadence and pulse) to monitor and intensify your training sessions.

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