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HAZ to 60/76/eTrex 1) Download .gpx TRACK from HAZ to computer (or just OPEN .gdb if MapSource is open). 2) Connect the GPS Unit to the computer, turn it on, set it to "use with gps OFF" AND turn "TRACK LOGGING OFF" 3) Open the file just downloaded in MapSource (if .gpx) 4) Transfer it to the receiver. 5) Ensure that the TRACK is listed on the receiver and that is shows up on the map. 6) Turn the receiver off and disconnect.
500 Data Point Limit Work Around 4a) In MapSource, open the file, open the TRACK, then open Properties. 4b) Rename the TRACK as "ACTIVE LOG" without the "" of course. 5a) Rename the TRACK on the receiver, using the pop up key board (or whatever your device allows) if you want it renamed.
Hiking 1) Drive to the TH. Turn the receiver on and clear anything showing in the statistics page. It is important that the correct "Trip Computer" page menu options are noted with a check mark prior-to "Trip Computer" page reset: Reset Trip Data, Reset Odometer, Reset Max Speed, Reset Elevation Data, Reset Max Elevation 2) Open the TRACK you loaded at home. Be sure TRACK logging is ON. 3) Start hiking. You should be laying a track in on top of or very near the track showing on the unit. 4) Return to TH. Turn tracking off.
60/76/eTrex to HAZ 1) Connect unit to computer, open MapSource, and transfer TRACKS to the computer. 2) It will likely download all the tracks on the unit. You may want to delete the one you downloaded from HAZ so you are working only with the one you created on the trail. Clean up any miscellaneous data points from lunch breaks, potty stops, getting lost, etc. 3) If it's a nice clean route better than what is on HAZ, upload it with witty comments and observations.
Additional 500 Point Notes
If the track being downloaded to the receiver is equal to or less than 500 points then it will download to the saved tracks memory file section on your receiver, then you can apply step 5a; IF the track being downloaded to the receiver is 501 points or larger then it will download to the receiver active log (having previously applied steps 4a & 4b)
When the downloaded track resides in the active log you cannot change the track color to be a different color from this same hike track you plan to later follow (ie, it is easier to follow a different color track on your screen). Use one of the two following options:
Save the file from the active log to the saved tracks file and understand that doing this will reduce the total file data points to a 500 point max limit in the saved tracks file but now you can change the file name and change the color of the track; Also, now that you have saved it in the saved tracks file, you can now go up to the active log file and clear it out
In the tools section of MapSource (at top of page), learn how to use the "Track Divide" tool. This way you learn how to take a 964 data point track (as an example) and make two track of it, both tracks being less than 500 data points. So when you download these from MapSource to your gps receiver both tracks go into the saved tracks section of your GPS. Now you can rename them and change the track color, but most importantly you retain the total number of 964 data points in the two tracks.
This is specifically for a Garmin Oregon, however it should work on all 2010 or newer Garmin Units. No programs needed, just save directly to the unit. Think of it as a hard drive.
Settings Setup > System > Interface ( be sure it is set to "Garmin Spanner" )
Start of hike: Setup > Reset ( now you need to reset 2 things ) - Reset Trip Data - Clear Current Track
End of hike: Track Manager > Current Track > Save Track
Plug in USB 1)When you plug it in... a file browser of the unit pops up to a folder called "Garmin". This isn't it look to the left and select "Garmin Oregon". Then you should see "Garmin" & "Wherigo"
or perhaps... You may get a popup dialog in Vista. Deny to scan the device. Then you get a list of choices. Select the yellow folder "Open folder to view files". Then you should see "Garmin" & "Wherigo"
2) Click and open the "Garmin" folder, then click and open the "GPX" folder. Here is where you save GPX files from HAZ and can also upload to HAZ.
Step by step for any gps route on HAZ. Use the following for example. - http://hikearizona.com/map.php?GPS=21217 - look at the left window/column/pane - click "download" or typically on HAZ you will see a blue down arrow - for windows it ask me at the bottom of the screen "Do you want to open blah blah" - within that dialog it gives me 3 options ( open, save, cancel ) - do not open it, open is for viewing a photo - save it
- when I click save it saves to the "downloads" folder on my desktop - it gives me 3 options ( open, open folder, view downloads ) - do not open the .gpx file itself - "open folder" so you can go into the file system and move the file from your computer to your device - plug your Garmin GPS USB cable into your computer & select "mass storage" ( this makes it an external hard drive ) - if it does not give you that option ( garmin: setup > system > interface > select garmin spanner ) - you should see your .gpx file in your "downloads" folder or whever you downloaded it "to" - right click over the file and select "copy" - you should see "GARMIN" as a folder option, click on it and navigate to the "GPX" folder - inside the "GPX" folder ( on your "GARMIN" ) right click and select "paste" - the .gpx file should now be in your Garmin
if file has an .xml suffix rename so it ends in .gpx Go into "get info" and delete the .xml from the name under "Name & Extension". Prompt will ask to keep it a .xml file or change it to a .gpx file ( .gpx is correct ).
2) Navigate to "Track Manger" 3) Select Track, then you can "View Map", "Set Color" etc.
Hiking 1) When you start your hike navigate to "Setup", select "Reset", reset trip data & clear current track 2) Hike 3) When you finish or between hikes navigate on your gps device to "Track Manager", select "Current Track" then "Save Track", then back to step #1 and reset
GPS Unit to HAZ - Windows 1) Plug gps receiver into USB 2) In GPS Upload click "Upload" then select "my device" 3) now you should see your file system of folders 4) open a folder called Garmin ( in Windows you may need to click on "Computer" to see attached USB drives ) 4) open a folder called GPX 5) you should see your tracks, click one to upload 6) click "Post" in the upper right and follow through...
GPS Unit to HAZ - MAC 1) Plug gps receiver into USB & MAC 2) Wait until you see Garmin show up on desktop ( minimize all programs to see desktop ) 3) In GPS Upload click "Upload" then select "my device" 4) now you should see your file system of folders 5) in the left column under DEVICES select GARMIN 6) open a folder called Garmin then a folder called GPX 7) you should see your tracks, click one to upload ( if you did not save it, it will be in a folder called Current )
- go to the Routes tab on your profile - click the information ( circle "i" ) icon on the route desired - route information should popup - click the settings icon to the right of the name - change name as desired
GPS Routes that match a description on HAZ should be posted directly to the description page name. Custom GPS Routes that do not match a description on site, even if slightly altered should be posted as a "generic" then linked to appropriate descriptions if any.
If a route is not posting where you want it to then use "contact" at the bottom of the page to get help. Nothing on HAZ needs to be deleted and reposted to change a name.
Only GPS Routes set as an "Official Route" post to the homepage.
GPS Routes may be deleted up to 5 days**. Delete is available in "Edit" mode. As an alternative there is an [x] next to the route name listed on the "Route" tab of your profile page. This option is not availabe if it's been declared an "Official Route" or has received comments.
** Routes should be reviewed before posting. Posting, deleting and reposting known as "top posting" is not tolerated. Example: if you make a mistake in naming then rename it, don't delete it. If you need help, contact the webmaster.
An Official Route follows a description page, matching the intended route. Once a route has been set as an "Official Route" it gains attention with a purple background on the description page. The route is featured on the description page map with springs near it's perimeter. The springs are then included in the print versions of the page.
Numbered or signed trails should be one-way unless a loop. "Official Routes" may be replaced if a better (newer does not constitute better) route is presented or the course has changed. In the notes section adding "follows designated route" on un-authored description pages will help the admin team recognize your route as a candidate for an "Official Route".
Click Post at the top of any page and select Post Photos. Now you are in the photo upload panel. Either select a description name or enter a generic name. Press the "Select" button to proceed. Now select photos from your device to upload. Repeat as needed. Please be patient during upload, it will take anywhere from a few seconds to a several minutes depending on your internet connection and the number of photos selected. Wait for the screen to refresh between each batch. Pay attention to the updated status at the top of the screen.
Anything over 980px (wide) x 700px (height) is welcome and will be resized automatically to fit the standard 1024 x 768 screen. The larger photo is always preserved and never altered. To view the larger photo look for View Original on the full sized photo page. If the photo was never resized it will read Viewing Original.
Extremely poor quality photos such as cell phone photos will be deleted. Photos with off site web addresses or that HAZ deems to be luring viewers off site will be deleted. In addition HAZ reserves the right to remove any material on site without notice.
Click here to view general information. This feature is found when selecting a photoset name. You may change the status too. Look for the tiny pencil/edit icon in upper right of the photoset page (thumbnail page).
Digital photos include camera settings, time and sometimes geolocation data in what is called the EXIF header. Processing software like Photoshop may not save EXIF if you create a new image and paste into it. Social sites like Facebook strip out EXIF. If the EXIF data is left intact then it will be displayed to the lower right of the photo. Once a photo is uploaded the data can not be changed. HAZ calculates out the 35mm equivalence of data.
Each member that post photos can select 5 of their favorites. You must be viewing your photo to set it as one of your top 5 favorites. Look for the tiny red heart icon above your photo. The photoset must be finished/posted to do this function.
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If you post to a description listed in the A-Z index (preferred) it will post on that individual page.
If you type in a Generic Name it will post on your profile page. Generics will likely get lost in the mass of Triplogs unless you link descriptions. Triplogs automatically bind to photosets with a like name/date. Linked descriptions bind too.
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