[Cdt-l] Custom POIs

Earl Needham earl.kd5xb at gmail.com
Sat Mar 29 09:02:08 CDT 2014

I've been using a GPS for many years, and today it's about as much trouble
for me as a map and compass.  Perhaps less.  At any rate, once you really,
REALLY get used to it, it doesn't take anything away from your experience.

Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico USA

On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM, Bob Sartini <bobsartini at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> > 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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