Waypoints

W1.) I've heard the Colorado supports Waypoints, POIs and Geocaches. How are they different on the Colorado?
W2.) Is there a faster way to mark my current location than finding and selecting the Mark Waypoint function in Shortcuts or Others?
W3.) Can you enter coordinates directly for a waypoint?
W4.) I can't see any waypoints on the map screen. Can I fix this?
W5.) How do I delete waypoints?
W6.) What's that little blue pin symbol that keeps showing up on the map screen? I don't have any waypoints loaded that use that symbol.
W7.) Why can't I see all of my waypoints in the nearest waypoints list or the Waypoint Manager?
W8.) What is waypoint "000"? I do not remember creating it.
W9.) How many characters are supported in the Colorado's Waypoint name and description/note field?
W10.) What are the little numbers/letters next to each Waypoint/Geocache/POI on the list page? How come they change to little red arrows sometimes?
W11.) Sometimes when I goto a waypoint I see the compass screen and other times I see the map screen. Why?
W12.) How do I project a waypoint using the Garmin Colorado?
W13.) Can I average waypoints on the Garmin Colorado?



W1.) I've heard the Colorado supports Waypoints, POIs and Geocaches. How are they different on the Colorado?


Waypoints probably don't need any further discussion, they work like waypoints do in just about every other GPS.

People familiar with newer Garmin products will also understand POIs (Points of Interest). POI's are like waypoints in that they identify a location like a restaurant or a mountain summit but they take up less memory and they cannot be modified or created on the GPS. Garmin's maps typically include millions of POI's but they also provide a POI Loader which can be used to create and load custom POI's on the CO.

The CO also adds special handling for waypoints which are geocaches which is discussed in more detail on the Geocaching page. Geocaches are distinct from Waypoints on the CO. They are visible through separate lists and are managed differently. Geocaches cannot be modified (except for marking them as found, DNF'ed, etc) or deleted but they do contain information specific to geocaches like cache type, terrain/difficulty ratings, container size, hints and the full cache description. There is more detail here about how waypoints and geocaches are loaded into the CO.

W2.) Is there a faster way to mark my current location than finding and selecting the Mark Waypoint function in Shortcuts or Others?


Yes. Press and hold the center button of the Rock'n Roller.

W3.) Can you enter coordinates directly for a waypoint?


Yes. Mark a waypoint or select an existing waypoint from a list. If you are marking a new waypoint select "Edit" after it has been created. If you are selecting a waypoint from a list select Options->Edit Waypoint. Select "Change Location" from the edit menu and use the Rock'n Roller to change the coordinates.

W4.) I can't see any waypoints on the map screen. Can I fix this?


Yes. Waypoints are visible on the map based on your zoom level. Normally the more you zoom in the more detail you will see. You can change the zoom level settings by following the instructions below.

Select Shortcuts->Setup->Map->Options->Advanced->Zoom Levels->User Waypoints-><n> Miles, where <n> is the zoom level below which you want waypoints to show up. Note this setting will also change the Zoom Level where you can see custom POIs.

W5.) How do I delete waypoints?


Go to Shortcuts->Others->Waypoint Manager. From there you can delete all waypoints from the Options menu or select an individual waypoint and delete it from the Options menu.

Alternately you can select a Waypoint and do the following: Options->Edit Waypoint->Options->Delete Waypoint .

W6.) What's that little blue pin symbol that keeps showing up on the map screen? I don't have any waypoints loaded that use that symbol.


The blue pin indicates the destination of your active navigation. It goes away once navigation stops.

W7.) Why can't I see all of my waypoints in the nearest waypoints list or the Waypoint Manager?


The Colorado, like other Garmin handhelds, will display only the 50 closest waypoints in these lists. There are two ways to display these "hidden" waypoints:
  1. Spell out the name of the waypoint you are searching for by selecting Options->Spell and spell out part of the waypoint name.
  2. Recenter the origin of your searches by going to Where To->Options->Search Near... and select a new location. The 50 closest waypoints to this new origin will be visible in the lists.

W8.) What is waypoint "000"? I do not remember creating it.


Waypoint 000 is a special waypoint used by the Colorado when you pan a map screen to a location, hit enter and start navigation (hit Go) to this point. The CO automatically creates this waypoint and navigates to it.

W9.) How many characters are supported in the Colorado's Waypoint name and description/note field?


Both the waypoint name and description support 32 characters.

W10.) What are the little numbers/letters next to each Waypoint/Geocache/POI on the list page? How come they change to little red arrows sometimes?


This is the bearing to each of these points from your current location. Depending on your heading configuration (Shortcuts->Setup->Heading->Display) you will see either cardinal directions (Cardinal Letters) or bearing in degrees (Degrees). If you are moving faster than 3-5mph they will change to a little red bearing arrow.

W11.) Sometimes when I goto a waypoint I see the compass screen and other times I see the map screen. Why?


If you goto a geocaching waypoint ("geocache" or "geocache found" symbol) you will see the compass screen after the goto. Going to all other waypoint types will result in seeing the map screen.

W12.) How do I project a waypoint using the Garmin Colorado?


There are two ways. The first allows you to project a waypoint from another waypoint if you know the distance and bearing. Goto WhereTo->Waypoint->[select waypoint]->Options->Project Waypoint and enter the distance and bearing. If you want to project a waypoint from your current location Mark a waypoint first and then follow the procedure above.

The second way to project a waypoint is to use Sight'N Go. This method allows you project a waypoint by entering a distance and taking a compass bearing. First, goto Others->Compass and calibrate the compass. Once the compass is turned on and calibrated hold the unit horizontal, press Options->Sight'N Go, point the unit in the direction you want to go, select Lock Direction, select Project Waypoint and enter the distance.

W13.) Can I average waypoints on the Garmin Colorado?


Yes. As of version 3.00 the Garmin Colorado now supports a Waypoint Averaging tool. If this tool is not available under Others then verify that you are running the latest version of software.