Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GPS Waypoints

Managing your waypoints isn't hard to do. But a few simple step gets you on your way!

Outdoor Quest image
I really like to keep my navigation simple.

Simplicity now makes life a lot easier when a potentially bad situation occurs or when someone in your party is injured.

Before leaving home I "dump the junk, " I get rid of those old, meaningless waypoints; like the ones saved two years agao.     At the trail head I'll reset the "trip computer" and clear/delte the track log (the bread crumb trail.)

On the trail I always verify that a waypoint has been saved. Verification is a simple step that has saved my bacon more than once.
Waypoint List. Outdoor Quest Image

When it's time to return to camp , there is nothing more unnerving to find that the waypoint you need isn't on your waypoint list. In the illustration to the right, the waypoint to "home" isn't there.

Outdoor Quest Image

It is easy to make this mistake. Perhaps after executing the waypoint function you hit the OK button or you selected another option without saving "home" to file/memory.

My recommendation is to verify by selecting/depressing the "find" button (Garmin) and then selecting "waypoints" to view the waypoint list (figure above.) If home appears you are ready to go.

Outdoor Quest Image

Another quick way to verify is to go to the "map page." First zoom in to about 800 feet or to a zoom setting where you can see waypoint names on the screen.

Verifying a waypoint will save you a lot of angst and worry later.

I recommend not using your GPS receiver as an electronic filing cabinet storing hundred of waypoints.  Keeping a handful is fine but save all the rest on your PC using free software.

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