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Courses

  1. What is a course?
  2. Creating a course
  3. Editing a course
  4. Deleting a course
  5. Navigating a course
  6. Transferring courses to/from a Garmin GPSr
  7. Course limitations

 

 


1. What is a course?

  1. Course Overview

    • A course combines elements from both tracks and routes to provide the best of both worlds.
    • Typically contains all detailed turn-by-turn information needed to route from start to finish without a map.
    • Can route from start to finish using routing information available from installed maps when desired.
    • May also include a tracklog style path that provides a detailed breadcrumb trail from start to finish.
    • Provides detailed travel times, distances and elevation profiles for the displayed path.

  2. Garmin Definition

    • A course is a pre-defined path created from a group of location points entered into the handheld in the sequence you desire to navigate them.
    • Courses are saved in a .FIT file format which can be used for reviewing or editing the course in platforms that read .FIT files.

  3. Application

    • Courses are best used for reaching a specific destination, set of destinations, and creating a pre-defined path to navigate.
    • When navigating a course, the course will be highlighted for you to follow. (The course will show as a straight point-to-point path or an automatically calculated path depending on device capabilities, mapping, and course settings.)
    • Course settings allow you to control how the course will calculate during navigation.
    • When the 'Direct Path' option is selected, there will be no map adjustments and no recalculations during navigation.
    • When the 'Roads & Trails' option is selected, the course will adjust to follow map data and the course will be recalculated as needed during navigation.

  4. Course Terminology

    • POI: A formal Point Of Interest, or entry in the POI database including a name, location, and other useful information.
    • Waypoint: An arbitrary location saved in a database for future reference.
    • Course Point: Any database POI or Waypoint included in a course including the Start and Finish points.
    • Shaping Point: Any position along a course requiring a change in direction that does not otherwise exist in any database.

 

 


2. Creating a course

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
     
    1. Example: Creating a course on a GPSMAP 66
       
  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Example: Creating a course on a Montana 7x0
       
  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Not supported

 

 


3. Editing a course

  1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
     
    1. Example: Editing a course on a GPSMAP 66
       
  2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:

    1. Example: Editing a course on a Montana 7x0
       
  3. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Not supported

 

 


4. Deleting a course

  1. Garmin GPSr:
     
    1. Open the 'Course Planner' page on the GPSr.
    2. Select the desired Course.
    3. Open the option menu.
    4. Select 'Delete'.
       
  2. Garmin BaseCamp:

    1. Not supported

 

 


5. Navigating a course

  1. See Navigation - Navigating a course

 

 


6. Transferring courses to/from a Garmin GPSr

  1. Transfer courses manually

    1. Connect your GPSr via USB and copy the desired *.fit files to/from the device.
      1. Courses saved on the device are found in the [GPSr]\Garmin\Courses\ directory.
         
  2. Transfer courses using BaseCamp

    1. Not supported
       
  3. Transfer courses using the 'Share Wirelessly' feature

    1. See Wireless - Share Wirelessly

 

 


7. Course limitations