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Last Review: 2013.10.09
Help Category: Other

Summary: How do you import GPX files from Bivouac into Google Earth?

Instructions:
Summary: It is a two step process. First, export the waypoints from bivouac as a .gpx file, and second, import that file to Google Earth.

Every trip report page, road or trail page in Bivouac has a link to allow you to export the waypoints as a .gpx file. The link is near the waypoints display at the bottom of the page. You just click the link and tell it where to store the file. Then start up google Earth and click File..Open and browse to the .gpx file.

  1. In Bivouac, go to any trip report page. Find the link labelled "Download GPX File". It is just below the actual waypoints.

  2. Click the Download link.
     Pay attention to where on your computer it will download the file. I have configured Firefox to always ask me where to store downloaded files, otherwise they go to a "downloads" folder.

  3. Start up Google Earth
     You see a map of the world.

  4. Click File..Open.
     And browse to the folder where you put the above file. In order to see .gpx files you need to change the file type to .gpx.

  5. Adjust parameters. Google earth asks if you want to do the following:
      [x] Create KML Tracks
      [ ] Create KML lineStrings
      [x] Adjust altitudes to ground height. Turn all the options on, including LineStrings

  6. The google earth globe rotates, and zooms in, and you should now see your waypoints.

Here is an example:

  1. Start up Google Earth.

  2. Click File..Open...gpx. Eg: BrewSki.gpx. It asks me if I want to do the following:
      [x] Create KML Tracks
      [x] Create KML lineStrings
      [x] Adjust altitudes to ground height.

  3. It displays the route on the map.

On a Macintosh:
 2013: It has been reported that the gpx files have an xml extension. There is probably a simple solution to this, but some Mac owners have solved the problem by emailing the file to themselves from a PC.