Garmin 550: How to Edit a Track In Basecamp

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Garmin 550: How to Edit a Track In Basecamp
Change the position of a waypoint along one of your tracks in BaseCamp. (Thumbtack in a map image by Nikolay Okhitin from

BaseCamp is topographic map and geographic routing software for your computer that can incorporate data from a Garmin. The Garmin Oregon 550 can automatically create tracks while you're hiking, so you can then connect to your computer and view these tracks in BaseCamp. Create new tracks by drawing them directly in BaseCamp, delete them, or change their points. You can edit these tracks in the properties panel.

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  1. 1

    Lift the weather cap on the bottom of the Oregon. Insert the smaller end of the USB cable into the GPS and the other end into a USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Click on the BaseCamp icon on your computer to open the program. If it is not on your desktop, click "Start," then "Programs" and find it in the program list. Click the icon.

  3. 3

    Click the icon next to your device from the drop-down list on the left-hand side of the BaseCamp screen. Click the data to display from the sub-menu.

  4. 4

    Click the name of the track you wish to edit from the menu on the left-hand side. There will be a footprints icon next to each of the available tracks.

  5. 5

    Click the "Properties" tab on the bottom of the BaseCamp screen. You will see the name of the current track, its colour, and its different waypoints and positions.

  6. 6

    Click on the inverted triangle to the right of the flag icon to change the track's symbol. Change the other properties, if desired.

  7. 7

    Click "File," then "Export" and "Export Selection." Name your track and save it as a Garmin GPS Database File (.gbd). Click "Edit," then "Send to," and click your Garmin Oregon 550.

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