How To Create a Track With Garmin BaseCamp

by Adrian Grahams Google

    Garmin BaseCamp is mapping interface software that allows you to view maps, plan routes and mark tracks and waypoints on your computer and then transfer them to your handheld Garmin personal navigator or the BaseCamp app on your GPS-enabled smartphone. With the track drawing feature in BaseCamp, you can plot your planned route and also view topographical data such as elevation changes that will help you to assess the difficulty of a bike ride or hike. When you transfer the new track to the device or smartphone app, the track appears on the map as a dotted trail and the GPS device displays your progress as you move along the track.

    Step 1

    Connect your Garmin personal navigator or smartphone with the BaseCamp app to your computer with the supplied USB cable. Ensure that the GPS device or smartphone is powered on.

    Step 2

    Launch the BaseCamp program on your computer.

    Step 3

    Click the name of your GPS device in the "Devices" list in the left menu.

    Step 4

    Click the "New" tab in the main menu bar, then select "Track" from the pull-down menu.

    Step 5

    Click the Map drop-down menu button at the top of the screen. Select the map that you want to use from the drop-down list to open it in the main screen.

    Step 6

    Move the map zoom slider at the side of the main screen up or down to focus on the area of the map on which you want to add the track.

    Step 7

    Left-click your mouse at the start point of the track.

    Step 8

    Hold down the left mouse button while you drag the mouse pointer along the route you want to travel to mark the track. Release the left button when you complete the track. Alternatively, single left-click each point along your preferred route and BaseCamp will automatically join the points to create the track.

    Step 9

    Click to select your track under "My Collection" in the left pane.

    Step 10

    Click "Edit" in the top left of the screen. Click "Send to" in the pull-down menu, then select the name of your device. BaseCamp adds the new track to your GPS device.


    • To view the elevation of your track, click on the track in the map pane to launch the Track dialog box that displays the elevation of multiple points along the route.

    About the Author

    Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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