Programs for Gps

The success that has Gps in mountain bike is that it makes it possible to navigate in real-life situations of navigation, if we add the incentive that offers us the MTB travel long distances and discovering new places the adventure this served.

Previous concepts:

To enjoy this adventure of orientation is essential to provide the necessary data in the easiest way possible, let's see your application on the information provided us by Gps.

Prepare a way out is as important as the time that we devote to the orientation for the same activity.

The element most used in Gps outputs is the Track because it defines exactly and with detail the route to follow, in addition the Track gives us advance clearances and total accumulated altitude to which we face, so we chose the route suitable to our fitness and motivation.

 The Gps gets its maximum utility when we do not know the entorrno, in this case, and in most cases recourse to third parties for the journey (Track) to our output.

 The easiest way to get previously a Track is through forums or pages specialized as where, thanks to users who freely share their Tracks will find virtually any route that we seek.

Terra de Maquis 2013
Terra de Maquis 2013

 For the most demanding manufacturers of Gps made our available digital tools to create and review these Tracks, as well as send and receive information to the device.

The factor that will determine the time that we use are the computer skills of each, so the manufacturers of Gps and Software, which coincide at times, strive to provide us with the task.

In Gps for MTB we talk about some Gps models available and forms of use, will briefly review some of the concepts and see the different solutions that will allow us to get more juice to our Gps.

Information available:

Once we introduce the Track in Gps and activate the navigation, Gps gives us the detour in meters and direction in degrees to the nearest point of the tour. In this case the information revolves lathe to the Track, as percentage complete, cumulative or Km until the end.

Also commented that if you need to find us during the tour against partial distances you must have a map detailed under our Track, stop the navigation, navigate to that spot to get the partial in a straight line and resume navigation to the Track. An element from the map or Waypoint navigation shall indicate the distance and course to that point in a straight line, whereupon we will lose reliability and more than once will make us give up unnecessarily, a part of time spent during the activity.

To avoid this situation you can use the corresponding program to designate the relevant points, thus will always have a reliable data from the partial distance, allowing us to make the best decision on the spot at the right time.

Add intermediate points to the Track
Add intermediate points to the Track

Prepare a route:

If our prospects are high not this more have an alternative Track, we can navigate the main Track and see the secondary on the map. In this way we mark an optional point of return. Choose the second option only we will ask you to tell the Gps you have to navigate the second Track. Arriving at the destination Gps will have created a new Track exactly when our measure which we may share or navigate. Another option is to cut and paste sections of the Track to create a new one.

As join Track with BaseCamp

Analyze the Track:

This is perhaps the most important point, working with the appropriate map allows to anticipate wherever he goes the Track, most common general maps are those of the IGN to scale 1:25 k provided by the Gps manufacturer. If the Track leaves the road marking on the map, crossing the level curves, we know with all certainty that it will be a trialera and take or discard this option by changing travel. To see more detail, we will use other maps of resolution, in some cases resorting to the orthophotos if we dont topographic specific like Alpine publishing maps. Some specialized programs as CompeGPS Land also allow to degrade the color of the Track according to the slope, the cool colors (blue) correspond to negative slope and the warm (red or orange) to the positive.

Garmin BaseCamp

The Track properties:

The Track is a set of points joined together by the direction and distance, each point includes position (Lat/long) information, time and height. These points can edit or create waypoints to Gps to recognize them as outstanding and take advantage of the partial of navigation information. The Gps allows you to configure the frequency of recording, default 1 to 4 seconds depending on the manufacturer. From the configuration we can define if we prefer to mark them by time or distance, the latter is what gives best results when editing the Track, but without a detailed map is not a relevant piece of information. When we navigate the Track without editing it get the diverted to the nearest point and the distance until the end of the Track going through all their points, not in a straight line.

Track with Waypoint

Generate a Gpx file:

This is especially relevant in Gps Garmin. To create a Gpx file we can use BaseCamp or CompeGPS Land, the two will allow us to create the wpt on the Track, select the two files and save them as one single, in this way the Gps includes partial additives to the information available on the route processor and the navigation data fields, for example to use the diversion of Track and distance to the next otherwise this second figure would always be the distance to the destination. Let's see the steps.

From CompeGps Land we can create a file of wpt then drag over same track from the data tree, once saved and sent to the Gps route will be ready to browse including partials in the fields of navigation, if we work with TwoNav device does not need to generate a Gpx file, only in the case of other devices it is necessary to use this format In addition we can edit the Track as a Roadbook and see a list of all published points.


With Garmin BaseCamp we create also the wpt file, select the two elements and from the file menu the option export selection will create the Gpx file.

SatMap converts all files to Gpx since Active Sync.

Create a Track:

Part of draw it on the map or save it from our Gps also we can create our route from more than one Track, the faster is to use the tool cut / divide the Track, so we keep the sections that you can use again.

Edit Roadbook
Edit Roadbook


With BaseCamp we can join them easily, select them and right-click on the elements in the tree: select Advanced; Join the selected Tracks.

Option attach Track BaseCamp


CompeGPS Land allows once cut the Track drag it on top of another and add it as a section, the next step is to join them (right-click Options) in this case the times of the two Tracks must be consecutive. A tip: Edit the common attachment point and make that you match.

Use BaseCamp to join Tracks
Use BaseCamp to join Tracks


It is the proposal from Garmin to manage the information intended for field work.

From the side Panel or tree of data we manage the desktop of our Gps data files.

We can call the actions through right-click (Pc) on the file and using all the options of the program because it is free, unless you also use it to dump orthophotos in your Gps, in this case the annual subscription is $ 25 and gives right to download high resolution images from the server BirdsEye.

See aerial photo in BaseCamp
See aerial photo in BaseCamp

CompeGPS Land:

It allows management advanced maps, TwoNav devices have direct connection, in the same way as BaseCamp from the side panel to manage the current Gps Garmin files.

The program also allows us to have a wide variety of maps in different formats. Purchasing TwoNav CompeGPS enables the Track Manager module, this allows us to edit and create Tracks unlimited. We can connect with the server IGN, OpenStreetsMaps and others. With full license you can create and edit our own maps without time limit.

Activate CompeGPS Land 7
Activate CompeGPS Land 7


Route Planner:

For we must register on the SatMap website and enter the serial number of the Active 10 Plus device. We can upload and modify Tracks in Gpx format, using all the available maps with a very intuitive interface. SatMap has opted for an open solution, offering the possibility of using all the maps available through its website. The Active 10 Plus device makes all Tracks route to navigate them, simplifying the process of with Active Sync management for sending and receiving data to the Gps and Route Planner to create itineraries with maps on the net.



BaseCamp is the evolution of the Garmin MapSource, maintaining utilities see the Garmin maps, installation or from the Gps memory cards and editing tools divide Track, edit, delete and move points. We can see a profile of height and the distance between the points.


In the case of using devices TwoNav with CompeGPS Land can have all these maps in our receiver simply by changing the format to *. Rmap. We can use the CompeGPS Viewer downloading maps from the server. Editing tools are very powerful, we can recalculate the heights for each point of the Track and work with very accurate maps, more than own Gps.

Precision in maps Alpina
Precision in maps Alpina

Another use is to add our pictures to the Track, in this way and thanks to the fact that digital cameras keep a record of the time of creation, the photo is associated with the Track, incorporating the coordinates to the photo properties, only we have the Track, photos and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Add photos to the Track with BaseCamp
Add photos to the Track with BaseCamp


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