This document contains the master specification for inputting Bivouac waypoints. As you know, both the trip reports and road records have a "waypoints" field. This document has the syntax that is common to both of them. Things that are specific to one or the other are factored out into Trip Waypoint Syntax and Road Waypoint Syntax.
Below are a few typical waypoints so you get the general idea:
52.45000,-117.44333=start at Icefields Parkway @1540m
52.46667,-117.35000=Leave trail here
52.50667,-117.31167=*Camp1,2 at the pass at head of N Fork of Poboktan Cr
52.50667,-117.31167=cp //somewhere on the ridge
52.55000,-117.35000=Mount Brazeau @3470m
In the above example, note the following:
This standard format can be cut and pasted directly from GMap4 and other digitizing programs. Note that we store 5 decimal places. For a discussion of other lat-long formats, see Lat-Long Formats.
Units can be either meters (m) or feet (') or (feet). The elevation tag causes the elevation to be translated to both feet and meters. Eg: If a given line ends with "@2000m", that line will be displayed as 2000m (6600'). The "@" symbol triggers the translation, do not use @ symbol for any other purpose. The elevation tag must be the LAST thing on the waypoint line. Here is a list of all the formats:
52.45000,-117.44333=bridge over river @2000m
A cp line can also contain "digitizing notes".
Digitizing notes are for use by future editors. When you are editing waypoints put in by a previous editor, it is sometimes difficult to make sense of previous points. And sometimes you make mistakes and get mixed up. In these cases, it is useful to have some quick notes as to what is what.
52.45000,-117.44333=cp (curve west by clearcut)