Thread: 2016 Hema Maps Continental Divide Expedition

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Colorado Springs

    Default 2016 Hema Maps Continental Divide Expedition

    As some of you know I’ve been helping Hema Maps for the last couple of years with their North American Explorer App (

    Last year we planned & executed an epic 6,500 mile expedition from the Mexican border to Prudhoe Bay, AK along the Continental Divide. While we had hoped to publish the tracks & waypoints a little sooner, we’ve finally pulled everything together and all 5 legs of the trip are now published =)

    I'm happy to answer any questions about the trip, the gear, planning, etc =)

    First, the totals:
    6,569 tracked miles
    31 Expedition Days over 7 months
    24 Land Cruiser + Trailer Washings
    2 Tires. 2 Bushings. 1 Trailer Jack Wheel.

    The hardware:

    The 200 Series Land Cruiser was shipped from Australia to the US for the year as the expedition vehicle. We sourced an A/T Chaser Flatbed trailer thanks in large part to Scott Brady & Chris Cordes from ExPo.
    The LC is fully setup and prior to this expedition ha mapped over 100,000km all around Australia - so it’s more than proven that it can handle well, anything. Chris did a great write up on the LC:

    The main point of the expedition was to show that Hema Maps is more than just maps & apps, after exploring & mapping Australia for over 30 years…the company is ready to take on North America =)

    We used two iPad Mini’s + one iPhone 4 for the entire expedition, all running Hema Explorer North America ( Although the app runs on both iOS & Android, we chose the iPads mainly due to better cameras for documentation and easier full-device backups.

    We also used various paper maps for planning and as backups. Our main go-to atlas was the Benchmark series for each US state. It provides enough detail to find some gems while not overloading with information that’s not useful.

    Each day we began a new track on all 3 devices, and took photos with at least two of the three while recording. We generally paused recording during extended stops, and finished & named each track at the end of the day. All the devices were synced to the Hema Explorer Cloud whenever we had good WiFi. We also did full-device backups to the iTunes Cloud whenever possible.

    The Expedition:
    While we know it’s possible to do this expedition in one section, in order to get max exposure for both the AU and US teams, it was broken down into 5 legs. Each team completed at least one leg, so that’s how it’s published in the cloud (

    Note: You can read Rob Boegheims discussion of the expedition on The Frenchie Escapes:

    Hema Explorer CDR Expedition | New Mexico South
    Rob Boegheim, Hema Maps

    We were honored to work with Expedition Overland ( to film the beginning of the journey, see the finished video at:

    Total days: 3 Total miles: 331

    Hema Explorer CDR Expedition | New Mexico + Colorado

    Chris Cordes, Expedition Portal
    Sam Hayward & Rob Taylor, Hema Maps

    Total Days: 7 | Total Miles: 1,196

    Read about a portion of this leg on ExPo: (

    Hema Explorer CDR Expedition | Colorado + Wyoming + Montana South

    Shane Williams (and family) TCT Magazine / Hema Maps

    We covered this portion of the journey in TCT Magazine:

    Total Days: 7 | Total Miles: 1,044

    Hema Explorer CDR Expedition | Montana + Alberta + British Columbia

    Rob Boegheim (and Family), Hema Maps

    Total Days: 7 | Total Miles: 2,031

    Hema Explorer CDR Expedition | Yukon + Alaska

    South of the Arctic Circle:
    Rob Boegheim (and Family), Hema Maps

    North of the Arctic Circle:
    Chris Cordes, Expedition Portal
    George Muratidis, Hema Maps

    Total Days: 7 | Total Miles: 1,967

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Denver, CO
    Wow! Really looking forward to diving into this thread in detail!
    Current: 2014 200 series
    Prior: 2012 JKUR, 1998 100 series

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