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Routes

  1. What is a route?
  2. Creating a route
  3. Editing a route
  4. Deleting a route
  5. Navigating a route
  6. Transferring routes to/from a Garmin GPSr
  7. Route limitations

 

 


1. What is a route?

  1. Route Overview
     
    • A route is a pre-defined sequence of GPS coordinates with a starting point, a destination point, and may include additional points in between.
       
  2. Garmin Definition
     
    • A route is a pre-defined path created from a group of location points entered into the handheld in the sequence you desire to navigate them.
    • Routes are saved in a .GPX file format which can be used for reviewing or editing the route in platforms that read .GPX files.

  3. Application
     
    • Routes are best used for reaching a specific destination, or set of destinations, when the path being taken is not important.
    • When navigating a route, directions will be provided to the destination(s).
    • Directions are provided as a straight point-to-point path or along an automatically calculated path (depending on device capabilities, mapping, and routing settings.)
    • If you go off course on a route, the path will recalculate based on your current location.
    • When using routable mapping, the route will recalculate along available roads and/or trails.

  4. Route Terminology
     
    • POI: A formal Point Of Interest, or entry in the POI database including a name, location, and other useful information.
    • Waypoint: An arbitrary location saved in a database for future reference.
    • Via Point: Any database POI or Waypoint included in a route other than the Start or Finish points.
    • Shaping Point: Any position along a route requiring a change in direction that does not otherwise exist in any database.

 

 


2. Creating a route

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
     
    1. Video: Routes on the eTrex x0, x0x, x2x
    2. Example: Creating a route on a GPSMAP 66
       
  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Video: Routes on the Oregon 6x0 and 7x0
    2. Example: Creating a route on an Oregon 6x0
    3. Example: Creating a route on a Montana 7x0
       
  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Example: Creating routes with Garmin BaseCamp
    2. Example: Convert a Track into a Route with Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


3. Editing a route

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
     
    1. Video: Routes on the eTrex x0, x0x, x2x
    2. Example: Editing a route on a GPSMAP 66
       
  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Video: Routes on the Oregon 6x0 and 7x0
    2. Example: Editing a route on an Oregon 6x0
    3. Example: Editing a route on a Montana 7x0
       
  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Example: Editing routes in Garmin BaseCamp
    2. Example: Convert a Track into a Route with Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


4. Deleting a route

  1. Garmin GPSr:
     
    1. Open the 'Route Planner' page on the GPSr.
    2. Select the desired Route.
    3. Select 'Delete'.
       
  2. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Example: Deleting a route in Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


5. Navigating a route

  1. See Navigation - Navigating a route

 

 


6. Transferring routes to/from a Garmin GPSr

  1. Transfer routes manually

    1. Connect your GPSr via USB and copy the desired *.gpx files to/from the device.
      1. Routes created on the device are saved in the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\ directory.
      2. The user may also choose to save routes in the [microSD]\Garmin\GPX\ directory.
         
  2. Transfer routes using BaseCamp

    1. Connect your GPSr via USB and open BasCamp application.
      1. Import route from GPSr using BaseCamp
      2. Export route to GPSr using BaseCamp
         
  3. Transfer routes using the 'Share Wirelessly' feature

    1. See Wireless - Share Wirelessly

 

 


7. Route limitations