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Help Desk

GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass | Mobile Optimized Guide

This is the Help Desk for the GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass Mobile-Optimized Guide. The product is now out of publication. The Help Desk will remain in place for those lucky enough to have already purchased the guide. If you need any assistance that this Help Desk does not answer for you, please contact GeoBackcountry.



Downloading

methods

There are two options for downloading:

1. Desktop Download - Recommended: The one that will be most familiar to people is to download the file to your computer then unzip it and transfer it to your phone. The recommended method for downloading to all devices is to purchase and download from your computer, then send the file to your device.

2. Direct Download: The second method is a direct download to your phone. This can be more advanced than a Desktop Download/transfer. If you are certain that your device can download off the internet and you know how to unzip a file then feel free to direct download to your device. 

Direct download

Your device must be able to download from the internet. Android is usually good to go. Regardless of your device, you will also need the following two apps on your device before downloading:

1. A Download Manager. Most devices come with them but a few do not.
    
2. A Zip Utility for decompressing .zip files.

Don't worry, none of this is as technical as it may sound. There are numerous choices of the mentioned apps for free on Google Play. Some examples are linked below. All links open a new window on Google Play Store.

File Manager Apps

Zip Utility Apps

Instructions for Direct Download

Downloading requires approximately 8 minutes. A LAN Network (Wireless, DSL) connection is recommended for downloading as the data is a 333MB Zip File. BE SURE YOU ARE NOT ON ROAMING DATA! There are two methods for Direct Download:

1. Web browser.

2. File manager. 

Option 1 | Web browser download (Shown using Firefox)

After you have completed your purchase via PayPal, you will be redirected to a secure download page (Image 1). You will also receive two emails. One is a confirmation email and the other contains the same secure download link. Click on 'Click here' to start the download.

Image 1: Download page

Image 2: Click on your browser's menu button. Then click 'Tools'.

Image 3: Now click on 'Downloads'.

Image 4: When downloading is complete, click on 'rogers_pass.zip'.

Image 5: Use your favourite zip utility to unzip the file.

 

Option 2 | File Manager Download

Image 6: Another way to download the file is to skip the above steps for the web browser and go directly to your file manager. Click on 'Download'.

Image 7: Click on 'rogers_pass.zip'.

Image 8: You can rename the file before extracting.

Image 9: Rename and extract.

Image 10: Voila! Extracted to 'download' is a success.

Image 11: If you prefer, and if your file manager allows, you can add the folder to your desktop for easy reference and navigation.


Navigating the Guide

Although GeoBackcountry is designed and optimized for field use on mobile devices, the freedom of .pdf and .png files means that you can store and view them in the way that you like best.

GeoBackcountry can also be viewed on desktop and laptop devices. In fact, it is encouraged. Although optimized for mobile, much effort was applied towards creating a balance between mobile and desktop use. The images, maps and PDF's are all a delicate balance between high-resolution and usability.

It's true that the images could have been delivered lower-res and still look okay. That wasn't good enough for this developer. A picture is worth more than words. When you see the images, I think you'll agree. High-res all the way folks!

 

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  • When you open the GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass main file, seven sub-folders are shown. This is the guide's table of contents consisting of seven chapters.

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Table of Contents Descriptions

1 INTRO (PDF)

  • Intro

All the info you need to plan a visit to Rogers Pass is in the Intro. Important info on Park regulations and the Avalanche Control Section. When to visit, getting to and around Rogers Pass, regions, access, huts, and more. The crucial section on Understanding the Beta is also located in the Intro.

2 RESOURCE MAPS (PNG)

  • Designated Access Routes
  • Parking
  • Regions Overview
  • Winter Permit System

Resource Maps is where you will find high-res images and maps of crucial resource beta. To help you get familiar with the Winter Permit System and Park regulations, there are three Designated Access Routes images, two parking beta images and a map of the Winter Permit System. The Regions Overview map shows the eight regions that this guide is formatted to.

3 ROUTES (PDF)

  • Routes North (Routes 1-51)
  • Routes South (Routes 51-100)

The guide is divided into eight regions. Routes PDF's contain the routes beta and descriptions of the guide categorized by region. The Trans-Canada Highway is the dividing line for Routes North and Routes South. In other words: anything north of the highway will be in the Routes North PDF and anything south will be in the Routes South.

4 ROUTE MAPS (PNG)

  • 1 McGill
  • 2 Cougar
  • 3 Ursus
  • 4 Rogers
  • 5 Sir Donald
  • 6 Asulkan
  • 7 Bonney
  • 8 Fortitude

The guide is divided into eight regions. Each region has it's corresponding map.

5 IMAGES (PNG)

  • 1 McGill
  • 2 Cougar
  • 3 Ursus
  • 4 Rogers
  • 5 Sir Donald
  • 6 Asulkan
  • 7 Bonney
  • 8 Fortitude

Images are categorized by region. They are identified by an image number that corresponds to the data that is given in 'Beta>Images' in the Routes PDF's.

6 KML (PDF)

  • KML

The KML PDF is your KML Portal. There are three KML files available through the portal: Routes, Regions and Resources.

7 OUTRO (PDF)

  • Outro

Outro PDF contains a web-linked list of crucial resources.

Example | Route #17 - 8812 Bowl

Let's look at a Rogers Pass classic for this example; 8812 Bowl! A good place to browse for tours is in the Routes PDF's.

Beta

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Image 3: Routes North PDF

Image 4: Shows the PDF open with the Bookmarks tab highlighted. Click the Bookmarks tab to easily navigate the guide.

Image 5: Routes North contains Regions 1-4. Routes South contains Regions 5-8.

 

Image 8: Here we are at the Beta and Description. There's tons of beta to help you plan your tour. Note the crucial Approach, Map and Images reference numbers. These will be used to locate the proper map and images for the tour.

Approaches are described at the beginning of each Region. Maps and Images are categorized by Region; 1-8.

Image 6: Each Region has three sections: Access, Mountains and Routes.

Image 7: Routes are numbered for easy cross reference with Maps, Images, KML and GPS. There is number 17 8812 Bowl! Click on the tab to be brought to the page. Of course, you can also just browse the beta.

Maps

Image 9: In the Beta, we could see that we need Map 3. Navigate to the Menu and select 'Route Maps'. 

Image 10: Select 'Map 3'.

Image 11: Map 3.

Image 12: Pinch and zoom to your heart's delight into the high-resolution 1: 20,000 maps. Find number 17; that's your route!

Image 13: And of course, you can go with portrait or landscape view for ultimate viewing!q

Images

Image 14: Images are located in the Images tab.

Image 15: From the Beta, we know the image numbers we need. We'll just look at a couple images for this example. Let's look at image numbers 29 and 32. You can see image numbers next to the region number. These are for reference to quickly find the image that you need.

Image 16: There are your images. All high-res and zoom-able.

Image 17: Pinch and Zoom to your heart's delight into the high-res images. Find number 17; that's your route!

Image 18: Same image as above, zoomed in.

 

Image 20: Bruins @100%

Image 21: Bruins, zoomed-in

KML

Image 22 shows the KML Portal. There are three KML's available:

  • Routes
  • Regions
  • Resources

Routes KML contains all of the routes of the guide.
Regions KML shows the Regions of the guide.
Resources KML details the resources of Revelstoke, BC.

Click the 'Run KML' buttons to open the files in Google Earth. Surf the guidebook for the 21st Century. Knowledge is Powder!

Image 22 | The KML Portal

Image 25: The Routes KML should open in Google Earth within ten seconds with a good internet connection.

Image 23: If prompted, select' Open'.

Image 26: Routes are numbered for reference. There's your number 17!

Image 24: Choose 'Earth'.

Optional GPS

The final option for us is to use the optional GPS function. Please see the GPS section in the Help Desk for more. The following instructions are for use with the Backcountry Navigator app for Android.

GeoBackcountry is in no way affiliated with any third-party app. We simply suggest and recommend Backcountry Navigator as our favourite for this use. Images 29-35 are screenshots from Backcountry Navigator app and NOT from GeoBackcountry.

Image 27: When you first open Backcountry Navigator, it is a wide view.

Image 28: If you are looking for a particular route and you don't want to find it by browsing, there are a couple of ways to do it, but first, be sure to zoom right into the map like in the image below. It doesn't matter where. Then click the 'Map Layers' tab as shown.
1. Waypoint Search
2. Track Search

Image 29: Map Layers tab. Click on the arrow to enter the Tracks and Waypoints.

Image 30: Click the very top tab; Waypoints and Tracks

 

Image 33: The app centres your position on the route. Awesome!

Image 31: You can see two tabs. One for Waypoints and one for Tracks. You can either do a search which is recommended by using the search function that is highlighted in upper right. Or, you can browse the list.

Image 32: Search brings up number 17. Click on 'Center' button, highlighted in upper right to automatically centre your route on the GPS map.

PDF Bookmarks

Bookmarks have been embedded in all PDF's and are a crucial component for navigating the guide. Although I am not a big fan of Adobe, their viewer is the only one that properly displays these bookmarks without some kind of fuss. If you are having an issue with bookmark display and you use a different viewer than Adobe, please look to the manual for the program that you use for how to display the bookmarks or alternatively, use Adobe Viewer.

 

Beta

Understanding the Beta

Below are screenshots from the Intro that explain how to understand the beta of the guide.

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Images

Image 1: Images are located in the Images folder.

Image 2: Shows the 'Images' sub-folders. Folders are categorized by Region: 1-8. You can see image numbers on the right side. These are for reference to quickly find the image that you need.

Image 3: Shows the Region '3 Ursus' sub-folder open. Scroll to find the image you want. All images, being simply .png, can be stored and/or viewed in the way that you like the best. Most viewers allow for pinch-zoom and landscape viewing.

Image 4: Pinch and zoom to your heart's delight into the high-res images. Route numbers are marked on images.

Image 5: Same image as above, zoomed in.

Browsing the images is simple. Just open with the viewer of your choice! Neat huh? Zoom into the high-res images for the next generation of guidebook experience. All on your smartphone, anytime and anywhere that you may want it. It's Rogers Pass - Mobile. Oh, and they also look great on a desktop!

Many of the image viewer apps will allow the back button to return directly to the IMAGE folder but a few will not. Additionally, not all viewers allow for screen-swipe between images which is definitely a bummer but not that big of a problem. The solution is to simply try out other apps and see what best fits your needs. There are many to choose from on either platform.

Image 6: And of course, there is landscape viewing; Awesome!

Image 7: Bruins @ 100%

Image 8: Bruins zoomed-in

Image 9: Sifton image at 100%

Image 12: Jupiter image zoomed in

Image 11: Jupiter image at 100%

Image 10: Sifton image zoomed in


maps

Route Maps are located in the 'Route Maps' sub-folder. All images are high-resolution .png format.

Image 1

Image 4: Pinch and Zoom to your heart's delight into the high-resolution 1: 20,000 maps. Maps are also Geo-referenced for detailed navigation.

Image 2: Select the map you want.

Image 5: And of course, you can go with portrait or landscape view for ultimate viewing!

 

IMAGE 6 | Resource Maps are located in the 'Resource Maps' sub-folder. All images are high-resolution .png format Descriptions are below.

Image 3: Open with your favourite viewer.

Image 6

Below are descriptions of the Resource Maps

  • Designated Access Routes (DAR) | Required, Parks Canada Designated Access Routes.
  • Parking | Vehicle Parking Beta.
  • Regions Overview | A map that defines the Regions of the guide.
  • Winter Permit System | A map that defines the Parks Canada Winter Permit System.

Designated Access Routes

There are three DAR's for Rogers Pass. Tupper DAR is shown below. Each DAR includes a map and description of the route.

Regions Map

Parking Beta

Two useful charts for finding your way around the parking areas of Rogers Pass. The Distance Chart is shown below.

Winter permit system


PDF

There are five PDF files included in the guide:

  • Intro
  • Routes North
  • Routes South
  • KML
  • Outro

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PDF Overview

1 INTRO (PDF)

  • Intro

All the info you need to plan a visit to Rogers Pass is in the Intro. Important info on Park regulations and the Avalanche Control Section. When to visit, getting to and around Rogers Pass, regions, access, huts, and more. The crucial section on Understanding the Beta is also located in the Intro.

3 ROUTES (PDF)

  • Routes North (Routes 1-51)
  • Routes South (Routes 51-100)

The guide is divided into eight regions. Routes PDF's contain the routes beta and descriptions of the guide categorized by region. The Trans-Canada Highway is the dividing line for Routes North and Routes South. In other words: anything north of the highway will be in the Routes North PDF and anything south will be in the Routes South.

6 KML (PDF)

  • KML

The KML PDF is your KML Portal. There are three KML files available through the portal: Routes, Regions and Resources.

7 OUTRO (PDF)

  • Outro

Outro PDF contains a web-linked list of crucial resources.

PDF Bookmarks

Bookmarks have been embedded in all PDF's and are a crucial component for navigating the guide. Although I am not a big fan of Adobe, their viewer is the only one that properly displays these bookmarks without some kind of fuss. If you are having an issue with bookmark display and you use a different viewer than Adobe, please look to the manual for the program that you use for how to display the bookmarks or alternatively, use Adobe Viewer.

Image 3: Shows the Routes North PDF open with the Bookmarks tab highlighted. To get the tab to show, tap the screen once. Click the Bookmarks tab to open the Bookmarks Menu and easily navigate the guide.

Image 4: Bookmarks Menu. AKA: Table of Contents.


KML

Google Earth for mobile

You will need Google Earth installed on your device the view the KML's. You can get it via the links here at the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store. Alternatively, regardless of which device you have, you can visit m.google.com/earth to download Google Earth.

Need help with Google Earth?

Viewing GeoBackcountry KML

To view the KML's in GeoBackcountry, open your KML PDF as shown in Image 1-2.

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3: Opening the Bookmarks Menu.

The KML PDF is just seven pages and it is very easy to navigate. Bookmarks are included. The Bookmarks button is shown highlighted in Image 3. Clicking on it will open the Bookmarks menu.

Image 4: In Bookmarks, choose 'KML Portal'.

There are three separate KML files available in the KML Portal:

1. Routes

2. Regions

3. Resources

Click the 'Run KML' Button to open the one you want. For this example, we are choosing 'Routes.' This KML contains all 100 routes of GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass. Sweet!

If your browser asks you; click 'Open.'

Choose Earth and then either 'Always' or Just Once.' Some people prefer one over the other.

Voila! GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass should open within Google Earth in less than ten seconds with a good internet connection. Although an internet connection is required to view the KML, it is possible to cache data for offline use in Google Earth. See the Google Support section for info.


GPS

Welcome to the 21st Century of Guidebooks: GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass. Navigate the guide with GPS! The GPS navigation feature is optional and is not included as part of GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass. Purchase of GeoBackcountry as well as a third-party GPS Navigation app and an email request (To GeoBackcountry) for the file is required for this option. You can send an email request here.

It is possible for the KML to be easily imported into a GPS Navigation App allowing you to navigate the guide with GPS. This allows for your exact GPS position to be shown on an overlay of the guide within the app. For Android, GeoBackcountry prefers Backcountry Navigator but everyone has their favourite apps.

Backcountry Navigator

Notice: GeoBackcountry is in no way affiliated with any third-party app. We simply suggest and recommend Backcountry Navigator as our favourite. All screenshots on this page are from Backcountry Navigator app and NOT from GeoBackcountry. You can purchase the Backcountry Navigator app from the Google Play Store. It's $12 and worth every penny.

Instructions

When you first open Backcountry Navigator, you will be looking at a blank map like the one in Image 1. Click on the Map Layers icon as shown.

Image 1

Click on your 'Download' folder or wherever you have your KML stored.

Select the arrow at bottom of Map Layers.

Click on the Rogers Pass.kmz

Click on 'Import Tracks or Waypoints.'

Click on 'New Trip Database' and if you want, you can rename it to Rogers Pass KML for easier viewing as an icon title. Click 'Start Import.'

Go back to the Map Layers page and click the arrow again as shown below.

Click 'Choose this trip.'

This time, click the 'Switch to another trip database' tab.

Rogers Pass KML in Backcountry Navigator

Select Rogers Pass KML

Rogers Pass KML in Backcountry Navigator

And that's it. That's how you load the GeoBackcountry KML into Backcountry Navigator. Now you can navigate the guide with GPS. Happy trails.

For help with Backcountry Navigator, visit their Homepage or Help Desk.