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Get Road Waypoints from a Gpx File # 1147 Back to Directory   Review Date:2016.09.21
Help Category: Roads and Trails

Summary: Assuming you've got a .gpx file on your computer, how do you get bivouac road waypoints from it?

Typically when you come back from a trip, you may have a track log of where you went, and certain parts of that track log are useful for road or trail waypoints. The way to get the part you want is to first "export" the track log so it is available as a gpx. Transfer the raw gpx to your computer. I call this a "raw gpx file". and upload the entire track log into a "Waypoint Working File". Then use "View Raw gpx" to display your track on GMap. Then trace the part of your track that is relevant to a given trail segment.


(I assume you've already got the gpx file on your computer.)

  1. Insert a Waypoint Working file (or trip report)
     (So you have somewhere in Bivouac to upload your gpx so you can GMap it). Either a Waypoint Working File (WWF) or a Trip report will allow you to upload a raw gpx file.

  2. Go to your new WWF (or trip report)
     You should see a link beside the title "Upload Raw Gpx".

  3. Click "Upload raw Gpx"
     Click the link and follow instructions. When the file is uploaded, a new link titled "View Raw Gpx" will appear right beside it.

  4. Click "View Raw Gpx"
     (Note: "View Raw Gpx" is a different link than the standard GMap link!!) The regular GMap link will not display the raw Gpx file because it depends on the Waypoints field, which is not filled in. When you click on "View Raw Gpx" you should now see a GMap with your track on it.

  5. Click "Draw and Save" in GMap
     Now you are looking at your raw track in GMap. In the upper right corner of every GMap there is a drop down titled "Menu". Click that and choose "Draw and Save". For details click GMap Draw and Save

  6. Click a starting point
     Click a starting point near the start of your trip. This should make a black circle with a red crosshair in the center. Note that unfortunately you can't click RIGHT ON your track line, you must click a little bit off the line, then drag the point onto the line.

  7. other points
     Click each point near the line, then drag it onto the line. You can add comments to any point by right clicking. Thus you can label junctions with the Jct code.

  8. Right click to save as bivouac waypoints
     When you are done your whole line, right click on ANY of those points you created. You will see a menu and the bottom choice is "Bivouac Display Waypoint Text". Click that, and you see the waypoints in bivouac format. They are already highlighted, ready to paste.

  9. Paste the waypoints into your Bivouac Waypoints field