About a month ago when Garmin announced BaseCamp, they also hinted that the Topo U.S. 24K maps, currently available only in microSD format, would be released on DVD. Garmin’s web site now lists two $130 Topo U.S. 24K DVDs — West and Southwest. West provides coverage for California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada and the Southwest DVD covers Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
As promised these DVD’s will also include a copy of BaseCamp, Garmin’s new outdoor-focused mapping software. Garmin has not released much in the way of details about BaseCamp however the product pages for the 24K maps include a couple of screen shots which show off the elevation profile and 3D terrain view.
All Oregon and Colorado models are listed as compatible with the new maps. No word on the release date for the maps or BaseCamp although GPSTracklog had a tweet today which indicated that the maps will be locked to a single unit much like City Navigator — probably because of the Navteq road data included in these maps.