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Get Trip Waypoints from GMap Back to Directory
Last Review: 2017.02.08
Help Category: Trip Reports

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

Instructions:
This is the procedure when you don't have a GPS track log of your route. The basic method is to position the map to a nearby mountain, then use GMap "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. Getting Started from nearby mountain
     Look up a nearby mountain. 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 area of your trip

  3. Turn on "Draw and Save" in menu
     See GMap Draw and Save for general instructions on how to do things like dragging points to new locations, inserting extra points between two points, etc.

  4. Position mouse to your starting point

  5. Right click on the starting point, and "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

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

  7. Label camps
     You can label camps with a special keyword starting with an asterisk. "*Camp1" or "*Camp2_3"

  8. 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

      *Camp1
      cp
      cp
      Summit of Peak @10,200'
      cp
      cp
      Back at camp

  9. 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.

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

OTHER NOTES
 - 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.