April 21, 2008 -- YARMOUTH, Maine―Ed Viesturs, America’s leading high-altitude mountaineer, will be relying on the DeLorme Earthmate® GPS PN-20 when he sets out this week on the 2008 Canadian Arctic Trek for Earth Health. The PN-20 is a WAAS-enabled, bright-color-screen handheld receiver capable of displaying multiple map and imagery types.
Using data import and registration capabilities available in DeLorme’s XMap® GIS software, the company’s development team has customized the expedition’s PN-20 receivers with high capacity SD Cards (SDHC) containing topographic detail maps and Landsat satellite imagery for the area the journey will cover.
This will be the second Arctic expedition in which Viesturs has used the PN-20. In 2007, he participated in polar explorer Will Steger’s Global Warming 101 trek, a dog sled journey on Baffin Island to document how climate change is affecting the native Inuit population.
Viesturs said he was impressed with the PN-20’s performance and simplicity of use, and was happy to be similarly outfitted for this year’s expedition. Joining him will be John Stetson, a renowned arctic explorer and pre-eminent dog sled musher who will also be equipped with a PN-20. They will embark on a 150-mile ski journey across Baffin Island. The expedition’s theme is Healthy Planet = Healthy People.
About the Earthmate GPS PN-20
Consumers purchasing the PN-20 at storefront or online retailers will receive Topo USA® 7.0 software included plus an SD card and reader, and access to USGS 7.5-min. quads, aerial imagery, and NOAA nautical charts. The PN-20 is also available from DeLorme at 800-561-5105 or
www.delorme.com. The PN-20 with XMap can found at
About the 2008 Canadian Arctic Trek for Earth Health
On April 25, 2008 Ed Viesturs and John Stetson will travel to the Canadian Arctic to mount a sledge hauling ski journey through one of the most beautiful and pristine areas of Northern Baffin Island. The theme for this expedition is Healthy Planet= Healthy People. Their objective is twofold. First, to utilize and familiarize themselves with the equipment, systems, and strategy necessary for a possible future ski journey to the South Pole. Second, to showcase the effects of climate change already occurring in the Arctic regions. The expedition should last for approximately 20 days and Viesturs and Stetson plan to make daily progress reports via satellite telephone. Check
www.edviesturs.com for the dispatches.
DeLorme offers a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software development, and integration within GPS technologies. This ability to understand and develop all the critical components necessary to compete in the fast-changing world of GPS and digital mapping provides DeLorme with a unique competitive advantage. The company is one of a handful of mapmakers that still own and produce their own content. The longtime leader in map-based solutions for both consumer and professional markets, DeLorme is well-known for its GIS-based software applications including Street Atlas USA, Topo USA, and XMap Professional. Recent innovations include the Earthmate GPS PN-20 handheld receiver, the Earthmate GPS BT-20 with dual Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and the DeLorme GPS2058 Receiver Module for OEM electronic systems. Located in Yarmouth, Maine, DeLorme is home to Eartha™, the world's largest rotating globe.