Convert Route to Track

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    Brentbat

    +1 on this feature.    I would prefer to export clean tracks.  I love Gaia GPS, but the only things I hate is the export file format.  It's like a Frankenstein file.   It's not a proper Track... but it's a route that acts like a track and it peppers hundreds or even thousands of waypoints in the file.

    Right now I'm having to export my route as a GPX file and then bring it into Basecamp where I convert it to a track and send the clean track to my GPS unit.

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    Larry

    +2 on Exporting a Route as a Track.  I love GAIA for building routes.  However  the people I Overland with have many different brands of dedicated GPS units and can only import GPX files that are tracks.  They cannot import a GPX file that contains a GAIA GPX route. 

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    wegger

    I agree that a native function to create a Route in Gaia and save or export as a GPX Track would be great. I found a work-around that's kind of kludgy, but works. 

    1 - In Gaia, export your tracks or folder of tracks to GPX and save on your device or computer.

    2 - Go to: https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

    3 - On main page choose "Convert to GPX"

    4 - On next page choose "Upload" and find your saved Gaia GPX file on your device/puter

    5 - Open the Advanced options tab and in Track and Waypoint options select:
    - GPX/CSV routepoints: Convert to tracks only
    - Include waypoints: None
    - Geotag points with time but no position: No

    6 - Go back up to the top and "Convert" 

    7 - Wait for it to crunch, and save the file to your device.

    You "should" be able to open the resulting standard GPX file in Gaia, Mapsource, Basecamp, etc.

    I've not played around much with the color, tagging, geocache, etc options, but have found good results with the options above. 

    Hope this helps. 

       
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    laurettasalmon22

    I agree that a native function to create a Route in Gaia and save or export as a GPX Track would be great. I found a work-around that's kind of kludgy, but works. 

    1 - In Gaia, export your tracks or folder of tracks to GPX and save on your device or computer.

    2 - Go to: https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/getting over it

    3 - On main page choose "Convert to GPX" 

    4 - On next page choose "Upload" and find your saved Gaia GPX file on your device/puter

    5 - Open the Advanced options tab and in Track and Waypoint options select:
    - GPX/CSV routepoints: Convert to tracks only
    - Include waypoints: None
    - Geotag points with time but no position: No

    6 - Go back up to the top and "Convert" 

    7 - Wait for it to crunch, and save the file to your device.

    You "should" be able to open the resulting standard GPX file in Gaia, Mapsource, Basecamp, etc.

    I've not played around much with the color, tagging, geocache, etc options, but have found good results with the options above. 

    Hope this helps. 

    Great I tried your way and it worked.

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    metz_1999

    I agree that a native function to create a Route in Gaia and save or export as a GPX Track would be great. I found a work-around that's kind of kludgy, but works. 

    1 - In Gaia, export your tracks or folder of tracks to GPX and save on your device or computer.

    2 - Go to: https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

    3 - On main page choose "Convert to GPX"

    4 - On next page choose "Upload" and find your saved Gaia GPX file on your device/puter

    5 - Open the Advanced options tab and in Track and Waypoint options select:
    - GPX/CSV routepoints: Convert to tracks only
    - Include waypoints: None
    - Geotag points with time but no position: No

    6 - Go back up to the top and "Convert" 

    7 - Wait for it to crunch, and save the file to your device.

    You "should" be able to open the resulting standard GPX file in Gaia, Mapsource, Basecamp, etc.

    I've not played around much with the color, tagging, geocache, etc options, but have found good results with the options above. 

    Hope this helps. 

    wegger, this is FANTASTIC! I'm now able to create a route in Gaia, convert it to a gpx track, and import it into my Garmin GPS all from the road (as long as I have internet on my phone). 

    Thanks

    I'm a huge fan of Gaia GPS. It's the best phone map app and I've tried a number of them. It would still be great if I could convert a route to a track directly from Gaia.

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    early1828

    Wegger- the conversion worked like a champ- thank you.  Imported converted track onto Zumo 396 LMTS through Garmin Basecamp. 

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    Rainier

    I converted a track using the gpsvisualizer, imported that into Basecamp, but when I try to convert it to a route in Basecamp, the program crashes. This is on a Mac. Any ideas what's going on, or what I could try differently?

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    wegger

    Rainier, that's interesting. I'm running Windows 10 and just tried what you described and had no problem. Someone with experience with MacOS may be able to shed some light.

    Anyways, I followed these steps:

    I created a simple route in Gaia, exported it as GPX, converted the GPX from Route to Track in gpsvisualizer, imported the Track GPX in Garmin Basecamp, and then converted it to a Route in Basecamp without any errors. 

    Also, just to confirm; from the main gpsvisualizer I choose "Convert to GPX", choose the Gaia GPX file from my computer, and in the advanced options tab dropdown TRACK OPTIONS select "Convert to tracks only" (not including waypoints), and in WAYPOINT OPTIONS select Include waypoints "NONE".

    If you can't get it to work, you may just have to use the Track as is on your GPS as a nav guide, or maybe import the track into the GPS and  try converting to Route there?

    Hope this helps!

     

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    Brentbat

    Hey Wegger
    I'm a mac users.   But I don't understand why you need to go via gpxvisualizer.

    On the mac I export the GPX file from Gaia (and unfortunately it is what I call a "FrankenRoute"

    I import that into Basecamp directly and then convert the route to a track in Basecamp.

    Personally I never navigate using routes, because I'm riding offroad all the time, so I much prefer to follow tracks on my Zumo XT.

     

    BP

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    wegger

    Hey Brentbat, I was just responding to Rainier above. Maybe your simplified method without going through gpsvisualizer will work for him. Yeah, I pretty much use tracks rather than routes myself. In my case, I’m still using Mapsource with my Gpsmap 276C, so I find using gpsvisualizer to convert to track convenient, as neither mapsource nor the 276 do the route to track conversion. YMMV. 👍

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    Rainier

    Hey Wegger and Brentbat, thank you for the suggestions. I'm trying to pull the Gaia data into a Garmin GPS that's focused on pavement driving, so that may be part of my struggle. It can't take all the data points that Gaia transfers over. Off road I just use Gaia on my phone. But on road, particularly if I'm driving quickly, the GPS is more effective (easier to read). I also use Gaia on road to create a track if I'm trying out a route I may want to drive again with friends, so I need to create a GPS file for them. I tried importing a track into my DriveSmart, and it doesn't seem to work. My guess is there's still too many of the "index" points. Looks like I'll have to replot routes manually in basecamp. :| 

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    wegger

    Hi Rainier, you're welcome. Reading your description, it looks like you might be running in to the "frankenroute" that Brentbat mentioned. When Gaia exports a Route, it creates this route using a gazillion waypoints (which are probably trackpoints acting as waypoints). When converting to a track in Gpsvisualizer, you'll have to specify NOT to include waypoints as mentioned in my first reply to you. Then when you're importing the converted track into Basecamp, it doesn't have all of the gazillion frankenroute waypoints and is simply a tracklog with data points. Does this make sense? LOL. I'm about 2 cocktails in. See below, hope this helps. 

    In GpsVisualizer: "and in the advanced options tab dropdown TRACK OPTIONS select "Convert to tracks only" (not including waypoints), and in WAYPOINT OPTIONS select Include waypoints "NONE".

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    Rainier

    Thank you for checking back Wegger. I tried again, plus a couple other options, and all the trackpoints seem to be staying (or maybe there were even more). Converted the route to a track, and still ended up with 5000+ points, same as just importing the route directly. 

    I can use tracks off-road, and routes created in Gaia off-road, looks like I'll have to create on-road routes in Basecamp. 

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    bagimuvi

    I agree that a native function to create a Route in Gaia and save or export as a GPX Track would be great. I found a work-around that's kind of kludgy, but works. 

    1 - In Gaia, export your tracks or folder of tracks to GPX and save on your device or computer.

    2 - Go to: https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/mp3 juice

    3 - On main page choose "Convert to GPX"

    4 - On next page choose "Upload" and find your saved Gaia GPX file on your device/puter

    5 - Open the Advanced options tab and in Track and Waypoint options select tubidy:
    - GPX/CSV routepoints: Convert to tracks only
    - Include waypoints: None
    - Geotag points with time but no position: No

    6 - Go back up to the top and "Convert" 

    7 - Wait for it to crunch, and save the file to your device.

    You "should" be able to open the resulting standard GPX file in Gaia, Mapsource, Basecamp, etc.

    I've not played around much with the color, tagging, geocache, etc options y2mate, but have found good results with the options above. 

    Hope this helps. 

    Yes, being able to convert a route to a track would indeed be helpful, especially for organizing past hikes or activities. It could streamline data management and ensure everything is filed appropriately.

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    Larry

    bagimovi

    "Yes, being able to convert a route to a track would indeed be helpful, especially for organizing past hikes or activities. It could streamline data management and ensure everything is filed appropriately."

    You should not need to convert past hikes or activities if the were  recorded  in GAIA.  They should be tracks and not routes.  Only routes that are created using the route tool in GAIA need to be converted

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