November 4, 2012

Garmin Adventures - Crowdsourced Fun

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If you are up for sharing and adventure, or checking out someone else's adventure that they have shared, you should check out the recently updated Garmin BaseCamp software. the idea is this; share your tracks, waypoints, and pictures with others to create an "Adventure", upload it and let others enjoy it on their GPS too.

Adventures can be hikes, bike rides, runs, motorcycle rides; you name it. If you want to lay down a GPS track while doing it, annotate it and share it, you can probably upload it. Garmin makes it easy, and has made BaseCamp the hub for your adventures. BaseCamp has come a long way, and was not on anyone's favorite list when it came out, but has gone through several rounds of improvements and I find it easy to work with now, and like its capabilities.

How to Create an Adventure in Garmin Basecamp

First, you need to go do something; hike, bike, run, whatever. Just do it and enjoy it. I took a walk in a local State Forest and recorded a track, along with a few pictures.

More after the jump…..

Next, download the newest BaseCamp version (Adventures is new with version 4.0), and import your tracks from your Garmin GPS - this is pretty easy with a newer USB GPS, where you can open BaseCamp, then once the GPS is "connected" to BaseCamp, click on the device name under the "My Garmin Devices" heading, and hit the "Receive from Device" button in the upper left corner. Choose what you want to import; tracks and waypoints most likely, and now you have the data in BaseCamp.

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Click Receive from Device to download Tracks and Waypoints

Once the data is in BaseCamp, click on the Garmin Adventures heading and then on "Create Adventure". the wizard walks you through choosing waypoints, tracks and pictures if you have them. I like the fact that Garmin helps you by rating your tracks from 0-100 as to what tracks might make good adventures. They explain the rating system as tracks that are longer than an hour, have location and elevation data, are near Geocaches, and may have pictures. I think it's just an "Make it Interesting Quotient".

I took a few pictures, but sadly, I didn't have the pictures' geotagging data captured, so I stripped out a bunch of the ones that were random and along the way. I added a few and placed them manually where I could.

Once you are done, you can see what you've made, and see what it looks like once it is published. Publishing requires a MyGarmin Login name (easy and free). The Adventure can have a short description, and displays some quick stats on the adventure including elevation change, duration and distance. You can see it inside of BaseCamp as well as online.

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Finding Adventures in Garmin BaseCamp

The fun part is that you can find adventures too. By clicking on Garmin Adventures on the left side of the Garmin BaseCamp screen, you can also find a list of Adventures that have been created. They display on your map, and you can filter them too. Since this just launched, there are a few in there, but maybe you can change that and grow the database around your town and get people interested in sharing more.

You can see ours if you search near Wrentham Ma - near the RI border, or online at Garmin's Adventure Site - Wrentham Forest Hike

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 4, 2012 11:28 AM

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