[Cdt-l] Anyone familiar with Garmin eTrex VISTA HCx?

Ken Powers ken at gottawalk.com
Sat Mar 27 16:35:09 CDT 2010

I am using a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx and encountering the same problems. You hit 
on one solution - reload from a CD, or thumbdrive when you get access to a 

Another solution is to "simplify" the tracks. Several programs, some free, 
will do the simplification. What happens is that some of the dots that make 
up the lines get removed. If the line is a straight line like a road that is 
no problem. When points are removed along a winding trail you lose detail of 
the track - like a straight line across switchbacks.  The Oregon & Colorado 
still have the problem of a 10,000 trackpoint limit per Garmin's website.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jack Richardson" <jackrichardson at roadrunner.com>
To: "CDT MailingList" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:55 PM
Subject: [Cdt-l] Anyone familiar with Garmin eTrex VISTA HCx?

I have some questions around loading tracks on the Vista HCx. I now
understand that you can only load 500 point tracks at a time.

Now I find the track log is "full" after loading NM and some of CO.
There are about 20 tracks of around 500 points loaded on at this time.

How can I get the rest of the CDT states tracks on the Vista or is
this not possible.

I am guess that there is a workaround e.g. preparing a CD with each
state then deleting the used tracks and loading the new state tracks
as you need them

Comments? Am I making this a too complicated project or does the
Garmin Colorado do it better then the eTrex ?

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