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Advanced Trip Waypoints using GMap # 1162 Back to Directory   Review Date:2019.05.20
Help Category: Trip Reports

Summary: Advanced notes regarding waypoint preparation with GMap

This help document describes a few things you might want to know once you have successfully saved your first set of waypoints. These notes were removed from the beginner's instructions. See Get Trip Waypoints from GMap - Basic. There are also general GMap techniques in GMap Draw and Save - Details.

  1. Label your camps
     You can label camps with a special keyword starting with an asterisk. "*Camp1" or "*Camp2_3". This causes a red label to appear on the map. Don't leave space between "Camp" and the number, because the label will only be the first word.

  2. 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

  3. Put comment on waypoint
     Right click on any waypoint. This brings up the "point menu". Click "Edit This Point". Fill in the "Comment" field. For example, the first waypoint you would typically label with "Parked Here"

  4. Elevation tags
     Some key waypoints such as passes, peaks, and your starting and end point should give the elevation. Use the special syntax with the "@" symbol and with the units, either "m" for meters or "feet". Below is an example:

      Parked here @1500m

     The "@" symbol causes the waypoint to be displayed in both feet and meters.

  5. No Return Path
     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.