[Cdt-l] Custom POIs

Mary Kwart mkwart at gci.net
Fri Mar 28 21:16:16 CDT 2014

I am hiking the New Mexico section of the CDT this spring. I use a
Garmin etrex 30 and loaded the Bear Creek CDT POIs for New Mexico
using POI loader into my GPS internal memory. I bought a Garmin map
card last year for Arizona and New Mexico and didn't want to have to
buy more maps or go through the hassle of downloading free maps to the
internal memory. So I was stuck with using only the internal memory to
save CDT data.

This is just an FYI--something I didn't know about custom POIs: you
can't access them through the "All POIS" choice, but have to go
through "Where to"--"Extras" to select them from the first menu
choices. On top of that--all of the POIs will not show up (which made
me paranoid). This is because, unlike Waypoints, the GPS will only let
you scroll through the custom POIs that are closest to your present
location. SO--I only could scroll through BC segment 19 POIs. I
thought the rest of the POIs were not there. Base Camp showed them as
being in my internal memory, though.  There is no documentation for
this in the etrex owner's manual. I called Garmin support and found
out that you can only directly scroll through the custom POIs closest
to your present location. SO--segment 19 was closest to my location in
Oregon. The other POIs were in the GPS, just not displayed for me to
scroll through.

To see the rest of your custom POIs on your GPS you have to select
"Where to", then hit the menu button and use the "search near"
function to choose a waypoint, map point, or recent find to allow your
GPS to display custom POIs that are not near your current location.
SO--my paranoia has resulted in new knowledge for me.

Oh yeah--the BC POIs for New Mexico appear to be less than 2000. So
the waypoins for NM should be able to be loaded without turning them
into POIs--useful for those only doing NM now. I am too burned out on
dealing with my GPS to try this, but may before I leave for Tucson
(April 7). Waypoints are a lot easier to deal with than POIs--they
display on your GPS map without having to query each one individually.
I told the Garmin support guy that there should be some way a user of
POI loader or Basecamp can know how many points are in the file before
they download it to their GPS. POI Loader tells you how many POIs are
downloaded only after you down load the file to your GPS. Basecamp
doesn't tell you anything at all. If anyone knows anything different
please tell me. When I talked to the Garmin support guy, he admitted
that they are ill equipped to deal with the needs of long distance
hikers who use thousands of waypoints. One Garmin support guy didn't
even know what custom POIs were.

I can feel people's eyes glazing over at this, but the devil is in the
details, as usual. It will be a relief to actually get on the trail.


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