User:Zarl

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de Dieser Benutzer spricht Deutsch als Muttersprache.
en-3 This user is able to contribute with an advanced level of English.
Bike Zarl
is a bicyclist.
Bike Zarl
is a hiker.
JOSM Zarl submits data to OpenStreetMap using JOSM.
...? Zarl appreciates the use of Good changeset comments.

My OSM account links to some basic stats about my edits.

I started mapping using a Garmin geko 301. It was a nice and small device with a crisp display but the two tiny AAA cells almost never provided enough energy for my needs. I also never managed to directly transfer information between the geko and my computer, a fact that I like to blame both Garmin an myself for. When the geko broke I upgraded to a Garmin Oregon 400t.

I try to improve bicycle routing as well as hiking paths. And sometimes I also contribute to Humanitarian OpenStreetMap tasks.

The different profiles of my Oregon are currently set up to display different routable maps:

  • Johannes Formann's cycle map comes with a fixme layer so I can easily see where surface and smoothness tags are still missing; the maps for Germany are updated twice every week.
  • OpenTopoMap sports a great clear look and can be also used when hiking; POI comments show opening hours and other useful information; weekly updates; "Alps" version available.
  • RadReiseKarte is very useful for longer distance bicycle tours and it seems to be updated about once every month only during the summer season; "Alps" version available. (as of May 2016: no updates for almost one year)
  • Freizeitkarte offers some clever plus and regions sets. Updates only at irregular intervals.

All of these osm based maps have some nice features that work well (or even great!) for walking and cycling as well as driving a car.