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Upload GPS waypoints and routes and Grid References for Round Rotherham to a Garmin device using Base Camp software

Under development - does not work yet!

See preamble about the up-to-dateness of data files on the parent GPS page.

10 figure grid references are given for the GPS system.

There are 2 ways of doing this.  Download the route file or pick up the route from the computer

Method A) First, download the .gpx file (right click, Save Link As... (or similar) and save to a location you can find.

Next, (if you do not have it) you need to download and install the BaseCamp software from the Garmin site (if first link fails - look for software under Maps & Accesories)

Open BaseCamp

File-Import into My Collection - select the .gpx file you downloaded.  Waypoints should appear under My Collection, and the file name rrr_gps_map_gpx.gpx should be listed under My Collection (top left). 

Click on the file name rrr_gps_map_gpx.gpx

Now connect your device to a USB port and switch it on. It should be recognised.

Select Device - Send to Device - Click Send 'rrr_gps_map_gpx.gpx' to Device - click on device name, OK and wait for the transfer to complete.

You will get all the waypoints, 9 routes (stage 1 is split into 2 sections) and a truncated version of the route, the first 500 points.  (For 2014, I will seek to edit the track so that 500 points gets close to the finish)

Somehow, I managed to import the .gpx file into BaseCamp.  If you manage that, you can export the .gpx file to your Garmin (hand held); for the Forerunner, you (probably) have to export the adventure

Warning: if you have downloaded other data to BaseCamp, you may find your other activities incorporated into the adventure!

Method B) Alternatively, Download, install and open BaseCamp, as described.

Click Find - Find Garmin Adventures

A dialogue box opens. Enter "henry m" (without quotes) in Published By box.  The RR should appear in the box below.   Click on it, then click Download, and it should appear in the Garmin Adventures list.  If the Adventure does not appear, try centering the BaseCamp map on Rotherham, distance over 75 km, time over 15 hours (displayed time may be 43 hours, due to track edits!)

You may get a message about your device not recognising geotagged pictures - ignore and wait while file downloads.

Write the route to your device following instructions from # under A) above.

Now connect your device to a USB port and switch it on. It should be recognised.

Select Device - Send to Device - Click Send RR adventure to Device - click on device name, OK and wait for the transfer to complete.

You will get all the waypoints, 9 routes (stage 1 is split into 2 sections) and a truncated version of the route, the first 500 points.  (For 2014, I will seek to edit the track so that 500 points gets close to the finish)

Note: in this case, the route will be converted to a track, according to the Garmin documentation, maybe not ideal.  In a Route, waypoints are linked by straight lines.  The track follows the twists and turns, at (for me) 18 second intervals.  Accordingly, I recommend method A, as with method B you end up with 2 versions of the same thing (the route) and no track.  Also, in this version waypoints seem to be duplicated, to be corrected.

 

Courses for Garmin Forerunner. The Methods described above should work. 
Alternatively: Right click on link and Save As Target...   Make sure (a) you remember where you saved it and (b) you have the latest version of Training Center – there was a major upgrade recently (2011).  Then import the Course file into Training Center select File /'Import to Current user account' / Courses, and from the drop down menu at the bottom of the dialogue box select Garmin Courses .crs  Browse to find the file you downloaded, and import it. You should get a page showing Courses on the left, and on clicking the + see Stages 1 to 8 (or Tracks 1a to 8). Click on each in turn to see the course on the display. In Training Center, File / Click on Send To Device (obviously with the device plugged in!) for each stage.  You want to Sent Courses to the device, preferably selecting just the Round Rotherham sections. Select the 8 sections (The Send to Device icon is next to the Download History icon, the first 2 on the task bar), assuming you downloaded the .crs file. This file has the course, not the waypoints (you will have a breadcrumb to follow on your forerunner - I trust). I believe that's what's meant to happen, and it has been reported to have worked.  Alternative version as a single track rather than split into stages (by request). 

Alternative formats for Forerunner  .tcx  .hst  Warning - if you use either of these formats, back up the history on Training Center first.  They could overwrite your existing data on Training Center.  These have not worked for me, though and are big file (500 kbytes).

Standard format .gpx file (should be compatible with any good GPS software)

Garmin Mapsource format .gdb, for transfer to and from Garmin units with computer connectivity (except Forerunner, I believe)

If you require assistance, contact me, Henry Marston (include a Subject and Body text - unexplained attachments may be treated as spam),  and I will try to help....

 

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Last update 11 March, 2014 by Henry Marston