[Tagging] Garmin waypoints and routes (was: "Roles of route members" and before that "Merging tagging scheme on wiki pages of Hiking")

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 20 11:40:55 UTC 2019

On 19/08/2019 19:04, Peter Elderson wrote:
> Ok, I accept I just don't know how it's done. So how is that done? How 
> do I tell my Garmin to guide me along, say, the Limes trail through 
> the Netherlands?

Essentially, you'd just look at the screen and follow that!  I tend to 
use waypoints for an idea of things like "how long will it be until I 
get to where I'm going to stop for lunch", not for "turn left here 
because route XYZ turns left here", because you can see on the screen 
that route XYZ "turns left here".

If you want to add a series of waypoints and route along those then you 
can, but want you can't typically do with one of the hiking-oriented 
Garmins is follow a particular feature.  You could create an OSM-based 
Garmin map that forced a device to route along a trail at the expense of 
any other paths, but I certainly wouldn't want to do that as it would 
stop me from leaving the trail to eat in a nearby town.

Creating a Garmin route from a GPX file is possible, but probably 
impractical, as you'd need to restrict the number of points. Apparently 
my GPSMap 64 supports 200 routes with 250 points per route, and up to 
5000 waypoints in total.

Where Garmin on-device routing is really useful is for when you need to 
get to somewhere but don't have an on-screen route to follow - for 
example if the weather's turned and you need to abort a previously 
planned route and get another route to your destination from where you 
currently are.  It's also useful where there are natural obstacles like 
rivers, where the distance on foot may be significantly more than the 
as-the-crow-flies distance.

Best Regards,


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