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Get Trip Waypoints from GMap # 1152 Back to Directory   Review Date:2018.09.23
Help Category: Trip Reports

Summary: GMap Draw and Save instructions that are specific to Trip Reports.

This is the procedure to get waypoints when you don't have a GPS track log of your route. The basic method is to position the map on some nearby mountain. Look up the mountain, then click the GMap link. This brings up the map. Then use the GMap menu in upper right corner to click "Draw and Save". These instructions contain some of the procedures that are specific to digitizing trip reports, as opposed to digitizing roads and trails.

  1. Position map by looking upnearby mountain
     Look up a nearby mountain with the front page search. On the mountain page, click the GMap link. Now you are looking at a topo map of the area around that mountain.

  2. Pan the map so it includes the start of your trip

  3. Turn on "Draw and Save" in GMap menu
     The menu link is in the upper right corner of the map.

  4. Click the starting point
     Click the mouse on the start of your trip. A red circle should appear.

  5. Click your route
     With your mouse, click,click,click a few more points so you see how it works. You see red circles for each point, joined by lines. So with that, you could describe your route. To adjust points, see general Draw and Save functions in GMap Draw and Save. This tells you how to do things like dragging points to new locations, inserting extra points, and putting comments on points.

  6. Right click on your first point (a red circle). This brings up a menu. Click "Edit This Point". Fill in the "Comment" field with something like "Parked Here" Ideally you would also read the elevation where you started, and use the special syntax for heights as shown below:

      Parked here @1500m

  7. Continue with more points
     Most points you don't need to label, they are just control points (49.123,-123.456=cp)

  8. Label camps
     You can label camps with a special keyword starting with an asterisk. "*Camp1" or "*Camp2_3". Don't leave space between "Camp" and the number, because the label will only be the first word.

  9. How to trace side trips
     The simplest set of waypoints is just a single line. But sometimes if you do side trips, you want to go out and then come back the same route, and then continue the mainline. On the way back, just create a new waypoint beside each of the "up" waypoints, and drag it on top. When I get back to camp, I label that point "Back at Camp". This makes it easy to edit your route on a given peak in the future, since the sequence of points starts with *Camp1 and in the middle is

      Summit of Peak @10,200'
      Back at camp

  10. Save your points as Bivouac points
     When done, right click on any point and scroll down to the bottom, and choose "bivouac display waypoints". This pops up your waypoints.

  11. Copy them into the waypoints field in your Trip Report

 - If your trip is a typical single peak climb, you only need to do waypoints to your farthest point. You don't need to retrace your whole route. In this case, the calculated distance will be one way.