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GPS problems two days before departure

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Here I go again, starting to get ready for my once yearly use of the Garmin Dakota. I know most people have discarded them in favor of the phone and maps.me, but that's a different issue. Maybe next year...

I am certain that I have downloaded my Mozarabe tracks onto the memory card, because the computer shows that they are all there when I connect the garmin to the computer.

But when I disconnect the device and try to find the tracks, they don't show up. If anyone is still familiar with this device, I go to track manager and expect to see the downloaded tracks, but no!

I am very hopeful that this has something to do with my technological ineptitude, but I am also going to keep trying. Many thanks, with fingers crossed. Buen camino, Laurie
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Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I am having similar problems trying to get the right gps tracks onto my smartphone. Wikilocs tells me to point my phone at the QR code, but I can't find a QR code. It is supposed to be there if I have logged in (I have).
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
I have no Garmin Dakota and cannot help there.

I am having similar problems trying to get the right gps tracks onto my smartphone. Wikilocs tells me to point my phone at the QR code, but I can't find a QR code. It is supposed to be there if I have logged in (I have).
This is an example for an Wikiloc-Camino-Frances-track:
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trai...svalles-santiago-de-compostela-gr-65-14369933

Computer:
If I click on the green "download" button in the upper right corner it tells me "Please log in to get the QR code for this trail" or shows the qrcode on this page [if I choose iphone/android in the tabs; tab File / Google Earth / Garmin is without qrcode]
https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/download.do?id=14369933

Smartphone:
On my smartphone (android) I can go with the normal browser to wikiloc.com, log in, search for the track, download it (as "file"). If I select the downloaded gpx-file in the browser-downloads afterwards, I can select the app that should import it (OsmAnd [OpenStreetMap-Android] for me).
 
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Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Thanks! I’ll try it once I’m back in front of the computer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
Laurie, I can’t help with the GPS either, but if anyone in your group is using a smartphone, I highly recommend the combination of putting Wikiloc tracks on the Gaia GPS app, especially for more remote routes where you may need an alternative due to high water. Gaia has the IGN Spain topo as a free layer. It is downloadable for offline use. Yesterday, for example, when we reached the Río Almarchal and could not cross, we found another dirt track on Gaia that we could use to avoid the river crossing. Amazing to be able to do that out in the middle of nowhere. www.gaiagps.com
Bon voyage!
Elaine
http://hiking.topicwise.com/doc/GenalValley
 
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Laurie, I can’t help with the GPS either, but if anyone in your group is using a smartphone, I highly recommend the combination of putting Wikiloc tracks on the Gaia GPS app, especially for more remote routes where you may need an alternative due to high water. Gaia has the IGN Spain topo as a free layer. It is downloadable for offline use. Yesterday, for example, when we reached the Río Almarchal and could not cross, we found another dirt track on Gaia that we could use to avoid the river crossing. Amazing to be able to do that out in the middle of nowhere. www.gaiagps.com
Bon voyage!
Elaine
http://hiking.topicwise.com/doc/GenalValley
sorry, everyone, I hate to be ancient but with myself don't have these problems. This year will be my 10th Camino and never have relied on technology I walk and throw my caution to the wind whatever comes along comes along. Buen Camino
 

drvnsmiln

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - SdC '14
SdC - Fin-Muxia. '14
Sarria - SdC '14
VdlP '17
Levante '19
Portugues '19
Don't stress.. its a Camino test!! Seriously, though, are your tracks in the .gpx form? Are there other tracks on your device that may be "clogging" the memory? Are your tracks containing more than the maximum number of points allowed? (This was a problem for me when I was converting .kml tracks to .gpx for the camino Levante -I went round and round, until I realized to limit each stage to 500 points.) http://www.gpsvisualizer.com Then I tried to put both the tracks for the Levante AND the Portugues on my Magellan 310 and I couldn't load them all. - not enough space.

I know many feel that this technology for the Camino is not really necessary, but as long as you already have the device, it is probably smart to have your route loaded in case of a disaster, or just as a reassurance. I may have only consulted my 310 a half a dozen times on my 50 day VdlP last year, but one time saved us from a mistake which could have necessitated major backtrack (up hill no less!) and the fact that I carried it with me was a reassurance to my non-Pilgrim husband at home...
Buen Camino!
 

Suzanne S.

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Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
Oh boy, Laurie, you're way out of my techno league. When I go next year, I'm relying on arrows...gulp!!!
 

Walking Lover

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Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
Here I go again, starting to get ready for my once yearly use of the Garmin Dakota. I know most people have discarded them in favor of the phone and maps.me, but that's a different issue. Maybe next year...

I am certain that I have downloaded my Mozarabe tracks onto the memory card, because the computer shows that they are all there when I connect the garmin to the computer.

But when I disconnect the device and try to find the tracks, they don't show up. If anyone is still familiar with this device, I go to track manager and expect to see the downloaded tracks, but no!

I am very hopeful that this has something to do with my technological ineptitude, but I am also going to keep trying. Many thanks, with fingers crossed. Buen camino, Laurie
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Why not just download Map my Run and be done? I have used it for two Caminos, it doesn't use my data, and always lasts for the entire day. Some days are 20 mile, 7 hour days.
 

FourSeasons

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
I'm pretty sure this is Camino's way of saying. Leave technology at home and trust in the arrows. Let go and let the Camino provide. :)
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
I appreciate the helpfulness of everyone. I don't know how, but a highly skilled friend of mine did a few things, and presto the tracks appeared. I am relieved.

And I would also like to say that I think it's really great that there are people who like to walk and just rely on the arrows. I do that myself, when I walk the Norte, Primitivo, Vdlp, Invierno, or any well-marked camino. But I would have been really foolish to set out on the Ebro, the Olvidado, the Castellano-Aragonés or some of these other remote caminos without my GPS. These routes have long stretches with no towns, no pilgrims, no nothing. Like @drvnsmiln I keep it put away unless I am in a pinch, but there have been a number of times when I really would have been up a creek without it. Everyone should do what they want, but the judgment isn't very helpful.

Buen camino to all, I leave tomorrow for Almería, and will be meeting up with forum members for a pre-Mozárabe encounter on Friday. Cannot wait!!!! Laurie
 
Camino(s) past & future
Levant from Avila 2013
If you type "Oziexplorer", into the forum search bar (top right) you will be shown my posts on this android app, plus any others. It helps that the Androis S5 I run, can take a 125 Gig SD card, I have the Geograpihically "live" 1:50,000 maps for Primitivo, Finisterre and all my Australian routes on the card. Maps available from the Spanish Mapping Authority Site. (http://www.ign.es/web/ign/portal)
 

pelerine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte 10, Primitivo 13, Plata 14+15, Salvador 16, Torres 17, Portugues 18, Mozarabe 19
I appreciate the helpfulness of everyone. I don't know how, but a highly skilled friend of mine did a few things, and presto the tracks appeared. I am relieved.

And I would also like to say that I think it's really great that there are people who like to walk and just rely on the arrows. I do that myself, when I walk the Norte, Primitivo, Vdlp, Invierno, or any well-marked camino. But I would have been really foolish to set out on the Ebro, the Olvidado, the Castellano-Aragonés or some of these other remote caminos without my GPS. These routes have long stretches with no towns, no pilgrims, no nothing. Like @drvnsmiln I keep it put away unless I am in a pinch, but there have been a number of times when I really would have been up a creek without it. Everyone should do what they want, but the judgment isn't very helpful.

Buen camino to all, I leave tomorrow for Almería, and will be meeting up with forum members for a pre-Mozárabe encounter on Friday. Cannot wait!!!! Laurie

I entirely agree! I wonder which caminos where walked by those who look down their noses at those who use GPS. If you do not have great reserves of energy (because you are old as I was on the Camino de Torres last year) or time to add to your camino when you are lost because there are no arrows, the GPS is essential.

And anyway Laurie asked a straight question. If you cannot give a straight answer, or a helpful suggestion or at least encouragement, you should start a new thread with a discussion about the use of GPS on a camino.

Question to Nathanael: which ones were the 10 caminos you walked?

Have I perhaps transgressed on the Camino Rules? If so, I am sorry.

Preparing to walk the Olvidado with GPS next year if I can establish there are enough accommodation to walk relatively short stages - at 79. But that is another thread.

Buen Camino, Laurie!
Ina
 

Al the optimist

Veteran Member
Oh Laurie you make me feel so sad. How I wish I could be part of the group. I am sure it will be a more pleasant trip than I had walking it alone two years ago. Mind you I don't envy you the weather! It was bad enough in May.
Buen Camino
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
I entirely agree! I wonder which caminos where walked by those who look down their noses at those who use GPS. If you do not have great reserves of energy (because you are old as I was on the Camino de Torres last year) or time to add to your camino when you are lost because there are no arrows, the GPS is essential.

And anyway Laurie asked a straight question. If you cannot give a straight answer, or a helpful suggestion or at least encouragement, you should start a new thread with a discussion about the use of GPS on a camino.

Question to Nathanael: which ones were the 10 caminos you walked?

Have I perhaps transgressed on the Camino Rules? If so, I am sorry.

Preparing to walk the Olvidado with GPS next year if I can establish there are enough accommodation to walk relatively short stages - at 79. But that is another thread.

Buen Camino, Laurie!
Ina
Hi, Ina,
Ender is hopeful that there will be even more accommodations available on the Olvidado, so fingers crossed. Happy to help you plan next year! (And I assume you have seen Ender's GPS tracks, which I have posted in the Resources section).

Oh Laurie you make me feel so sad. How I wish I could be part of the group. I am sure it will be a more pleasant trip than I had walking it alone two years ago. Mind you I don't envy you the weather! It was bad enough in May.
Buen Camino
Hi, Al,
We would have loved to have you along, as well. I remember your aborted May Mozárabe. We are looking at a lot of rain, but are hoping it will taper off relatively soon.

We have already heard that @ortemio and @C Clarely have met up at the Madrid airport. Another has made it to Málaga. I am leaving in about 7 hours. We will be sure to post pictures from our Friday night meet-up!
 

Galloglaigh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Lycra tribe.
CF (2017/8), VF (2018/9), CP (rebooked) (2020)
Enjoy your trip.

This thread is a reminder to check your tech thoroughly before setting out. I'm checking mine now.
 

pelerine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte 10, Primitivo 13, Plata 14+15, Salvador 16, Torres 17, Portugues 18, Mozarabe 19
Hi, Laurie!
Thank you for your offer to help with my Olvidado planning. Will come back to you on the Olvidado thread when the serious planning begins after this summer and this year’s Portugues with children and grandchildren - eight of us!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
As it's a Garmin do you not use their BaseCamp software as an interface?
 

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