Intermission – Home calls BaseCamp

A different kind of post to explain the great software I accidentaly discovered: Garmin BaseCamp. It’s simply amazing, and I’ll explain why right now.

So you have a bunch of caches in your GPS, you have your maps installed (OpenStreetMaps or official Garmin maps, it doesn’t matter) and you wonder what is the quickest way to link them all in an unique nice walk to do on a Saturday morning: never worry again, because with this software you can do it in a matter of clicks!

Ok, so now you have opened BaseCamp, you have given the time to it to load the data from the GPS and you have focused on the zone you want to go, like in this image:

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Here I’m using Garmin TopoActive maps, but it’s the same with the free maps you find online.

First of all you should select where to start from. When you have decided, you can use the “Create a route” button on the top bar, in the creation tools section, and start linking the caches and every other point on the track you’re interested in.

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Create a Route button

As soon as you click on Create a Route a popup will appear: close it. Then left-click on the starting point of your track

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In this case I left-clicked on Gavigno, where I plan to leave the car

Then continue to left-click on every point on the route you’re interested in, in this case the caches. A purple line will appear after a short loading showing you the path to follow

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First cache added

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Complete route after I inserted all the caches I was interested in

When you have completed the route, right click toleave the edit mode. The route you created will be visible on the left side of the screen

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In this case is the one named Gavigno to Gavigno

Right-click on it and select rename, to give it a meaningful name. Then right click again on it and select “Create track from route”. It will create a track with the same name of the route: I do this because my GPS works better with tracks than routes in hinking mode, but this is up to you/your device.

Last but not least, for the amount of 25$ per year, you can subscribe to the amazing BirdsEye Imagery, that allow you to dowload satellite images for a selected area. This is greatly implemented in this way: right click on the track/route you are interested on, then select “Download BirdsEye Imagery”. After a quick check of your subscription status you can select Continue, select the quality of the image and start the download. After this the result should be something like this:

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If you get lost if easier to get back on track with satellite images!

Remember: if you have done all of this locally, move all the data to the GPS simply moving it in the devices section:

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Drop it down in the chosen device

That’s all: hope this tutorial has been of some help 🙂

Leave a comment if you need some more informations!



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