[Cdt-l] Custom POIs

Bob Sartini bobsartini at gmail.com
Sat Mar 29 07:25:10 CDT 2014

Glazed for sure. I did NM last year. Etrex 20. I had the POI from bear
creek  in there no problem at all. They don't show up unless you zoom
down to something like 3 miles.

I barely remember what i did or who i talked to when i did it. I hate
GPS and electronics and usually would rather get lost than endlessly
screw with it.

In the desert last year I was with two others who loved GPS and were
always quicker on the draw than I. I found NM way easier than I
expected and the trail was mostly very well marked.

BUT a day from Cumbres I got very lost in a beautiful valley with no
visible trail that didn't belong to the Elk herd. I whipped out my
Etrex 20 and it showed me exactly where the trail was (climb over the
hill on your right) and bang there was a cairn and a stream and the
trail and a big bull Elk.

So thank you Etrex 20 and Bear Creek too.

On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM, Mary Kwart <mkwart at gci.net> wrote:
> 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.
> --Fireweed
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