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  1. I work with GIS and have created custom Garmin .img trail mapsets for most of New England using the OSM trail GIS shapefile data you see on the OpenCycleMap. So, yes, it can be done. Looks like you're in Canada. Maybe reach out to someone near you in the GIS field that also is a geocacher.
  2. I have load an entire state (NY) worth of USGS benchmarks as POIs on my Garmin mapping units. I get the entire NGS data sheet displayed. At the moment I forget exactly how I did it! I work in GIS and download the NGS data and had a free program that converted it all.
  3. I have the 66i (with InReach) and it's the first Garmin I trusted out of the box. I would previously carry my trusted 60c, 62S, 64S along as backup. Not with the 66! It does it all and then some.
  4. Just to be sure, your geocache gpx file should be in the Garmin/GPX folder, either internal memory of SD card. Another thing is if the caches are far away (~110 mi) from your current location they won't appear on your 64S.
  5. I use GPSMapEdit to create my custom trail map .imgs using track .gpx files (or GIS shapefiles) for my various Garmin devices (currently my 66i). The exported .img is then uploaded using IMG2GPS. I'm just checking in on this thread so may not be on your exact subject, but the .img file must have the Unique integer number for a Garmin map. It needs the 8-digit decimal ID: (e.g. 05042020) within the map properties.
  6. Thank you Original A1 for taking the time to relate your positive experience with the Garmin tech support Bethany. I too have had similar experiences with Garmin tech support over the years and it's refreshing to see another cacher post an upbeat report.
  7. If you are looking for Topo for Hawaii go here: GPSFileDepot Thanks for the recent Berkshire hike! -Pat
  8. Yes, but I would have BOTH the hundreds/thousands of caches and the POI file of same loaded. That way I get the alert at the specified distance I chose with the cache POIs, and have the full cache info and functionality from the .gpx file.
  9. You can use the Garmin POI Loader to upload cache .gpx files with a specified proximity alert distance. I used to do this a while ago. See if this old topic may help. POI Tricks
  10. Go to Menu/Setup/Tracks where you will see the 5 sub-menus: Track Log, Record Method, Recording Interval, Auto Archive, and Color. Be sure to set the Track Log to Record, and the Auto Archive to your choice of: When Full, Daily, or Weekly. Any of these settings will save your Tracklogs (not Waypoints). I like the Weekly archive option. Your Tracklogs will be saved in the Garmin/GPS/Archive folder with names like "2019-01-21 08.18.42 Week".
  11. Maybe force a firmware update. Use the Garmin WebUpdater and when it indicates you already have the latest version tell it to update anyway.
  12. My 64sc has behaved this way a few times. I learned to load my GSAK exported PQs on the card, so when this happens I pull the card, boot up, shut down, reinsert card and boot up. Just this weekend I did an "erase all user data" by holding both the Enter and Page buttons, then pressing the Power button. As soon as the Garmin icon shows release the Power button but continue to press the Enter and Page. A screen will come up saying, "Do you really want to erase all user data". Say Yes. It's a bit of a pain as this also resets some of your custom settings. At least in this instance it let me power up and all caches were there. I'll have to see if this step solves this issue over time.
  13. I've witnessed this a while ago with a 62s but can't explain why it happened. If I recall, a clearing of .gpx cache files and fresh reboot, followed by reloading your files will clear this up.
  14. I've had this happen with my 64s and in my case it was a corrupt custom map kmz file. Once I removed all kmz files, booted up fresh, shut down, then reloaded my caches all was well.
  15. I've had this happen on my 62s so this may be worth a try. With good batteries do a normal boot-up, but just short of it shutting down, press and hold the power button to force a shut-off. Then do a normal boot-up to see if it worked. It may take a couple tries to get the timing right, or in case this takes more than one try. Don't give up, this can be brought back!
  16. Download the free DNRGPS, import your .gpx file, export as a shapefile (.shp), import the shapefile into CAD.
  17. I agree with Red90 100% and do the same thing. I carry an extra pair of Eneloop Pro 2450 mHa as backup when on long hikes and outings. Haven't had to use anything but the Garmin battery pack in a long time with my 64sc.
  18. Why delete the active track? I have my tracks 'archived weekly' where all tracks are Auto Archived in the Garmin/GPX/Archive folder. You have other track archive options such as: When Full/Daily/Weekly. I then can use Mapsource or Basecamp to view and edit tracks I want. I like to save all my tracks on the PC for future reference.
  19. Oops, missed the unit in the title.
  20. This may be more in depth than you need, but you can change your Heading units from degrees to Mils. In Setup/Heading/Display choose Mils. There are 6400 Mils in a circle (360 deg) so one degree equals about 17.78 Mils. For example your 35.5 deg projection use either 627 or 628 Mils. This may be overkill for your cache but it will provide greater definition in the projected point.
  21. I used a 8 gig micro card back in the day.
  22. I don't normally use Basecamp, but there must be a way to sort them, save as separate gpx files in a folder, then use POI Loader.
  23. I've found this, too. My solution is to create multiple POI files based on their catergory. This way you can toggle On/Off the ones you want to see.
  24. Is your track Record Method set for Time vs Distance or Auto? Time setting would cause what you see.
  25. This was recently discussed here on another thread. Feel free to contact me thru my profile if you want.
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