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Using Waypoint Working Files # 1111 Back to Directory   Review Date:2016.05.04
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Summary: How to use a waypoints working file to store test waypoints, or to look at some waypoints someone else has prepared for you.

A "Waypoint working file" (Wpw record) is a means of creating a set of bivouac waypoints without having to make up a trip report. It could be called a "Track Viewer" or a "waypoint viewer". You create a set of waypoints by using the GMap 'Draw and Save' function to trace a raw Gpx file. Raw Gpx files are now stored in a separate database. See Raw Gpx Database.

Typically I upload a raw gpx file, and view that on GMap, and then use "draw and save" to trace and label points on the same line, which gives me Bivouac waypoints.

Waypoint working files can be used either for your own purposes, and also to share with other bivouac members. The working waypoints of any member, are available simply by looking up their authors menu. So you could use them to outline a proposed traverse.


  1. Planned trips
     In several cases, I've put waypoints for planned trips into a working file, then emailed to other people in the trip to have a look at the route.

  2. Discussions with other Editors
     If I'm upgrading a set of waypoints, I'll keep the old waypoints in a waypoints working file, and then I can email some other editor to have a look. Eg: Paul Kubik had a set of waypoints for the Baden Powell trail, and when I redigitized from the Terrain view, I kept his original waypoints, so we could discuss the differences.


  1. On the front page, search for "Robin Tivy". This brings up the author page for Robin Tivy.

  2. Click on "Author's Menu". This takes you to my author's menu.

  3. Click on "Waypoint Working Files". This shows a list of working files.

  4. Click on the title you want. Eg: Baden Powell

  5. Click on the GMap link. This brings up a map which shows both the working waypoints in magenta plus the current Baden Powell Trail.