Sneak Peek – 2021 Aussie Peace Walk Routes

Have you entered the 2021 Aussie Peace Walk? If so, you might be interested in having a sneak peek at the various walking routes. If you select the rectangular box at the top right of the map, which is the “view larger map” option and you will then have the option to toggle on or off the various routes. This can also be done in the smaller version of the map by clicking the button on top left of the map (the rectangular one with the small arrow).

If you have not yet entered it is not too late to do so. Go to https://aussiepeacewalk.com.au/ and select the orange “Register Now” button. But hurry, online entries close at midnight (Canberra time) on Tuesday 23 March. You can also enter on the weekend of the event, but the entry cost increases.

Did you know that you can also download these maps to your phone (or hand held GPS)? There are several steps needed to achieve this, but they are all relatively simple:

  1. Save the 2021AussiePeaceWalkmaps to your computer (right mouse click to “save link as”)
  2. Then you can either email the GPX file to yourself or add it to your Dropbox, so that you can then access the file on your phone
  3. Open your email or Dropbox App on your phone and find the GPX file.
  4. You will need a mapping App on your phone. There are many options available, but we have successfully used myTracks for iPhone and OsmAnd for Android
    – these are the icons:
    myTracks App icon for iPhone   OsmAnd for Android phones
  5. If emailed – press and hold the file attachment and it will prompt you to open the file – you may need to select the preferred App
  6. If using Dropbox – find the file and select the 3 dots (…) to the right of the GPX map and you will see a number of options appear (eg Create transfer, Copy link etc) – scroll down until you see the Export option.
    When you click on Export you may see several App options and may need to scroll to find your mapping App.

Tips for using the myTracks App
When using myTracks over the event weekend, select the “file folder” icon at the bottom of the screen (3rd from left) and then select the desired track/map route.
To zoom in on your location, select the arrow icon at the bottom of the screen (2nd from right).
The world icon (2nd from left) will give you the option to change from standard map view to satellite or hybrid view.
Unfortunately the checkpoint locations are not visible in myTracks.

Tips for using the OsmAnd App
If you have more than one track loaded you can turn them on or off by pressing the button on the bottom left hand corner of the screen, choosing ‘configure map’, then ‘gpx track’.
When OsmAnd prompts you to download offline maps make sure you use WIFI (not mobile data) and have 600MB free on your phone, it downloads both Australia and Oceania. You don’t really need them, but it enables the app to work in areas that have no internet connectivity, and will be cheaper in the long run for data downloads.

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