[Cdt-l] Custom POIs

BCSS bcss at bresnan.net
Sat Mar 29 13:45:21 CDT 2014

Yes they will.  The setting does not affect your ability to manually zoom in and out, but rather is a filter for how much information is shown.  Larger zoom levels show more data. If installed correctly, POI's behave exactly like waypoints except they don't display the ID until you place the cursor over them.   

BTW, Base Camp does not work properly with POI's.  It will install waypoints in .gpx format but not .gpi. To make your own POI's from gpx files you should use Garmin POI Loader, which is a free download.  

It is possible to install the entire CDT plus selected alternates as a single POI file loaded into the main memory of the gps, eliminating the need to have any SD cards.  (That file is on the BearCreek website for free download)  If you have some additional alternates you are trying to set up you will need to make your own with POI Loader.  It is ok to have more than one .gpi file - just give them unique names.  They need to be installed under the Garmin directory in a subdirectory called POI.   (Garmin/POI/*.gpi)  This is true if you install to a card or to the main memory.    

Jerry Brown

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> On Mar 29, 2014, at 8:52 AM, Trekker4 at aol.com wrote:
> But will they stay when one zooms back in, as one would have to do?
> Bob "Trekker" Brewer
> In a message dated 3/29/2014 10:13:48 A.M. Central Daylight Time, bcss at bresnan.net writes:
> Fireweed - If you go to settings on your gps and change all the zoom settings from auto to 120 miles then all the POI's will behave like waypoints and show on the map.     
> Jerry Brown
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Mar 28, 2014, at 7:16 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 PO
> Is 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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