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Last Review: 2015.07.30
Help Category: GPS - Download to GPS
Summary: How to overlay bivouac trails on smartphone topo maps.
As of October 2015, the easiest way to import a set of trails and peaks into your gps is to use the "gpx20" link on the mountain page. (assuming you've got the .gpx option turned on in your options.) But first, read An Introduction to GPS Data transfer. Then read Download to Smartphone GPS.
Prior to the gpx20 link, the longer way to download trails to your GPS was to use the gpx link in the online guidebooks. The simplest online guidebook is the radius guide.
The GPS App I've got loaded on my Android phone is called Backcountry Navigator (BCN). It allows me to cache the necessary 1:50K maps for any given trip. Once I've got the maps, I start up the browser on my phone and go to the "Radius Guide" under "Online Guidebooks".
See "Import GPX File" in my Standard GPS Operations" document.]
Here are the instructions to import the .gpx file from Online Guidebooks. I do the whole procedure on my smart phone browser, so I don't need a computer.
With other phones and other GPS Apps, the procedure may be slightly different, but the principle is the same. For exmaple in View Ranger, the imported track logs do not show up automatically, and you have to turn on the ones you want to see.