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Member Map How-Tos

More than just a map, the Overland Bound Member Map also let’s you see events in your area, contact a group of Members in a specific area, check in to a location, or send an SOS. The map gains value over time as our community adds resources and locations.

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To access all features of the Member Map, you will need to be logged in and have an Overland Bound Member Account (here).

Once the Map loads, you will see a number of items on the map, a menu, and map buttons. We’ll go into detail on other section. Here is an introduction to the elements of the map.


On the menu, you can select buttons on the left, which will display the features on the right.

Items on the map

This is a map legend:


Registered user, non-Member

Member cluster. Zoom in or click to see more

Member-added location

Member-hosted Rally Point Event

Member Check-in

Map buttons

Map Tools

In the Map Tools Menu, you can do the following:

Jump to a location – Enter the Address

Search for Members – Begin typing their forum name and a list of suggestions will appear. Click the name in the list to position the map at that members location.

Enable Filter Radius – This will only display items within the radius you set.

Check the enable radius filter:

  • This will turn your cursor into a small (hard to see) “+”. You must draw a circle on the map to create your radius filter.
  • you can move the radius around the map by gripping the handle in the center.
  • You can also expand the radius by grabbing the handles on the radius edge.
  • Once you have a radius adjusted to the location you want, you can see the number of users in the radius.


Now that you have filtered the users and data on the map, you can send a Mem Message to only those users using the Map Message button. See the “Map Message” section.

Note: Members typically have a 100 person message limit. The limit can be increased. Please contact info@overlandbound.com

Map Filters

You can greatly improve map performance by filtering out all data you are not interested in. You may filter the following items:

Main (global) filters applied to all:

  • View All – turn everything on
  • View Following – view users you have followed in the forums
  • View Online – View users who are currently online

User groups:

  • Member – Display Overland Bound Members
  • Registered – Display registered non-members


Turn location types on and off.

  • Wifi
  • Trail
  • National Park
  • Trusted Mechanic
  • State Park
  • Camp Site

Add Location

Users may contribute to the community by adding locations to the Map. Select the Add Location menu button

and you will see a form similar to the one below.

First select the location type which will change the available fields, then enter the information as completely as possible.

Your location will not appear immediately. It will be sent to an administrator who will review and approve the location for addition to the map. Thank you for your contribution!


Map Message and S.O.S.

Map Message

Use the Radius Filter to target a group of Members on the map. See the “Map Tools” section.

Select the Map Message button: and you will be taken to the “Conversation” screen to complete your message. The conversation will include all of the members from the map! Members have a 100 person Conversation limit.

Map Message S.O.S

An SOS message will alert Members in the area that you need help, and create a thread automatically in the “Request Evac < – > Support Evac” forum located here: Request Evac < – > Support Evac It is your responsibility to update this thread with current information. The community will assume you still need help until the thread is marked “Resolved”.

To send an SOS message, send a Map Message according to the instructions above. When you get to the message screen, provide the following information in the message:

Summary: Carr Fire – Need Evac from home. Have three large boxes. Fire passed. Need to get to shelter.

GPS Coordinates: 40.571993, -122.404254
Closest City: Redding
Closest Landmark: Benton Airport
Name: Jack Frost
Emergency Comms:
Personal Cell 707.489.xxxx
HAM: 146.60
CB: 16

Do you need a place to stay: Yes
If yes or maybe, number of adults, children, pets:

At the bottom of the screen, check the “Send Message as SOS” box.

Press the “Create Conversation” button and you will see a confirmation dialogue:

Select, “Send as SOS”.

Once the situation is resolved, go to the “Request Evac < – > Support Evac” and mark the thread “Resolved” by adding the Prefix:

Map Checkin

You may check in to any location on the map. Users in a 50 mile radius will get your check-in and see your check-in message. They will also get basic user information, be able to send you a message, and get the GPS coordinates of your check-in pin (which you will set).

Select the Check-in button

After filling in the information, select the “Set Pin Location” button and you will be returned to the map. Drag your pin to the desired location.

We recommend a few miles off for security. They will need to contact you to meet up or get your exact location.

Thats it! Your user icon will show on the map for 24 hours and people will be able to get your check-in details!

Rally Points

On the map, you will see Rally Point icons.


These are Member-Hosted overland events. To get more information about the event, click the icon. This will link to Rally Point details, and you can decide if you would like to attend!

If you would like to create your own Rally Point event, see the Rally Point How-To!

Our Member Map is your source to contact Members, find Trails, and essential Resources, or to send an SOS.