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Last Review: 2017.06.20
Help Category: GPS - Download to GPS

Summary: Types of .gpx file that are available in Bivouac

I assume you know that a .gpx file is the means of transferring bivouac roads, trails and peaks to your GPS. Bivouac has several different places where you can download a gpx file, and each is different. The gpx files are actually produced "on the fly" from the database when you click the link. Typically you click the link, then the file is put into your downloads folder, and from there you can import it into your GPS.

  1. Gpx link on Road page
     On every road and trail page is a link titled "Download gpx file". The link is located in the Waypoints section. The gpx file will contain ALL waypoints for the road, not just the labelled ones. This is the simplest link since it only downloads a single road. If you want all the roads in an area, use the gpx20 link described below.

  2. Gpx20 link On Mountain page
     There is a gpx20 link on every mountain page. The "20" refers to the radius in kilometers. Note there are also gpx10 and gpx5 links. Thus the Gpx20 link makes a gpx file that contain all the mountains, roads and trails within a 20 km radius. The name of the file will be the first few characters of the mountain name followed by the radius. Eg: A Gpx file around Mount Robson would be called Robson5.gpx. The gpx links on the mountain page also contain large mountains that lie beyond the nominal radius of the gpx. For example, gpx20 also contains all the mountains for 100 km whose prominence is greater than 1000m. It also has cabins.

  3. Gpx File on Guidebook page
     The "Guidebook Page" has a gpx link that downloads all the peaks and trails that fall within the boundaries of any rectangular area. (See Online Guidebooks" in index. This is often more precise than trying to guess the center and radius of the area you want. It also allows you to specify long thin areas

  4. Road Plans
     There is a link on every road plan page. This allows you to avoid clutter by downloading just one set of trails. The example is Windy Joe trails. If you download a radius, you might get 50 trails, but if your main interest is the Windy Joe trails, there are only 4 trails. Much better for Garmin users since you don't have to hunt thru a huge list and turn on every trail.

  5. Kml links
     The mountain page also has a link such as "Kml20". This produces a .kml file rather than a .gpx file.