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Waypoints

  1. What is a waypoint?
  2. Creating a waypoint
  3. Editing a waypoint
  4. Deleting a waypoint
  5. Navigating to a waypoint
  6. Transferring waypoints to/from a Garmin GPSr
  7. Averaging a waypoint
  8. Custom waypoint symbols
  9. Create waypoint Proximity Alert
  10. Waypoint vs POI

 

 


1. What is a waypoint?

  1. Waypoint Definition

    • Essentially, a waypoint is a recorded set of static coordinates referencing a specific landmark or other location.
    • Waypoints marked using a GPSr are a static record of the devices location, not the position of the Earths surface.
    • Additional information may also be assigned, including, but not limited to: Name, Symbol, Notes, Elevation/Depth, Photos, etc.

 

 


2. Creating a waypoint

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:

    1. Press the (Mark) button or open the 'Mark Waypoint' page.
      1. Video: Waypoints on the eTrex x0, x0x, x2x
      2. Example: Creating a waypoint on a GPSMAP 66

  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Open the 'Mark Waypoint' page or application.
      1. Video: Creating a waypoint on an Oregon x00 or x50
      2. Video: Creating a waypoint on an Oregon 6x0
      3. Example: Creating a waypoint on an Oregon 6x0
      4. Example: Creating a waypoint on a Montana 7x0

  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Example: Marking a waypoint in Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


3. Editing a waypoint

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
     
    1. Example: Editing a waypoint on a GPSMAP 66
       
  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Example: Editing a waypoint on the Oregon 6x0
    2. Example: Editing a waypoint on a Montana 7x0
       
  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Example: Editing waypoints in Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


4. Deleting a waypoint

  1. Garmin GPSr:
     
    1. Open the 'Waypoint Manager' page on the GPSr.
    2. Select the desired Waypoint.
    3. Open the Option Menu.
    4. Select 'Delete'.
     
  2. Garmin BaseCamp:
     
    1. Example: Deleting waypoints in Garmin BaseCamp

 

 


5. Navigating to a waypoint

  1. See Navigation - Navigating to a waypoint

 

 


6. Transferring waypoints to/from a Garmin GPSr

  1. Transfer waypoints manually

    1. Connect your GPSr via USB and copy the desired *.gpx files to/from the device.
      1. Waypoints created on the device are saved in the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\ directory.
      2. The user may also choose to save waypoints in the [microSD]\Garmin\GPX\ directory.
      3. Tip: Remember, when moving or deleting waypoints, each *.gpx file can contain multiple waypoints and/or other information.
         
  2. Transfer waypoints using BaseCamp

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

    1. See Wireless - Share Wirelessly

 

 


7. Averaging a waypoint

  1. Trail Tech Waypoint Averaging Press Release
  2. Tip: Use a Satellite Visibility Prediction Service to determine the best time to average a waypoint for a specific location and date.
  3. Garmin pushbutton GPSr example: Waypoint Averaging using a GPSMAP 66
  4. Garmin touchscreen GPSr example: Waypoint Averaging using an Oregon 7x0
  5. Garmin touchscreen GPSr example: Waypoint Averaging using a Montana 7x0

 

 


8. Custom waypoint symbols

  1. Read the Garmin Custom Waypoint Symbols press release
  2. See the Custom Waypoint Symbols tutorial for detailed information
  3. View GPSrChive Custom Symbols available for download

 

 


9. Create waypoint Proximity Alert

  1. Open 'Waypoint Manager' page
  2. Choose desired waypoint
  3. Open 'Waypoint Menu'
  4. Select 'Set Proximity'
  5. Enter desired Proximity Alert radius

 

 


10. Waypoint vs POI

  1. While Waypoints and POIs may appear similar on the surface, their are distinct advantages and disadvantages for each:

  2.  
      Waypoint POI
    Pro
    • Can be created directly on the GPSr
    • Can be edited directly on the GPSr
    • Can be shared between GPSr
    • Can provide more detailed information
    • Easy to create externally and transfer to device
    • 24-bit symbols can use millions of colors
    • Most GPSr allow unlimited number of POIs
    • Excellent for large databases
    Con
    • Most GPSr limit the total number of waypoints
    • Can be inadequate for larger databases
    • Can not be created directly on the GPSr
    • Can not be edited directly on the GPSr
    • Can not be shared between GPSr
    • Provide a limited amount of basic information
    • Tedious process for external creation and transfer to device
    • 8-bit symbols allow for only 256 unique colors