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Route planning: step by step to the new route

With the free BaseCamp software, routes can be planned and maps, waypoints and tracks edited easily on the PC and then transferred to Garmin GPS devices. How exactly the GPS route planner works, we have summarized here step by step.

Are you planning a hike and would like to pass certain sights on the route? Do you really want to capture the bike tour that you rode lately for the future?

Before you start planning new routes, you should first get an overview of Basecamp. When you start the software for the first time, the desired activity profile can be set: whether it's a car, motorcycle, hiking, climbing, mountain biking - select the activity for which you will primarily use BaseCamp. A later change is possible at any time.

Make yourself familiar with the basic functions of the program. You can edit existing waypoints, routes, geocaches and other saved data. For a better overview, it makes sense to create lists in which you can, for example, store your favorite routes with the mountain bike or the best places for climbing.


Read out and edit tracks

With BaseCamp it is possible to retrace every tour on the computer. Information such as elevation data, distance between the points and their position are also output. For future use of the track, it can be edited (for example by moving individual points), converted into a route and filtered according to special criteria. This means that you can also adapt route recommendations from others to your individual needs. For example, if you have received a suggested tour for a hike where you want to reach an additional lookout point, you can simply do that. Or if the running route is a little too long for you, you can simply shorten the route by moving individual waypoints.


Transfer & data synchronization

The edited routes and waypoints can be transferred to the GPS device after editing. This can be your handheld GPS device or your Garmin Forerunner. Any device that works with routes and tracks can do this. Conversely, it is of course also exciting to send the data stored in the device to the computer in order to read out tracks that have already been completed. In addition, BaseCamp enables MappInstall to send new map material to the device.


Route planning

With Garmin BaseCamp you can also plan routes very comfortably. To do this, simply mark the points through which the tour should lead. The software calculates the new route based on the set activity. The activity profile determines how a connection from A to B can take place. If you select hiking as a profile, the route planning is of course also based on paths. If, on the other hand, you want to be motorized, paved roads are primarily used for the route. The activity profile can be changed at any time. In addition, personal, already created waypoints can also be used for planning. If you have already recorded individual waypoints, you can now take them into account when planning your route.


Search function

Garmin BaseCamp makes it easy to find addresses, nearby POIs and geocaches. The results can be saved as waypoints and used again at any time for future planning. This software is also suitable for geocachers because the Opencaching database is searched automatically when searching for caches.


BirdsEye Assistant

If you need a particularly high-resolution display as an orientation aid for additional waypoints, you can use the BirdsEye Assistant. With the help of this, detailed grid map sections can be defined and transferred to compatible devices.

All functions are of course available on Windows PC (Windows XP or higher) as well as for MAC (IOS 10.6 or higher). You can find a video tutorial for MAC on Youtube. In addition, BaseCamp is also available as a free app for iPhone (from 4S) and iPad (from third generation).