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Garmin Basecamp

The following URLs provide access to download the free Garmin Basecamp application and Idaho topographical maps:

The following URLs provide additional optional mapping resources:


Valley County Satellite Imagery

The following .kmz file can be installed into Garmin GPS devices that support custom maps, and supports satellite imagery, at a low resolution, for Valley County.


NOTE: The satellite imagery is low resolution. Higher resolution is not possible without sacrificing portions of the county. The file provided has the highest available resolution while including all of Valley County, and fitting within the size constraints imposed by both the Garmin Basecamp application and Garmin GPS Devices.



Installing Satellite Imagery To Your Garmin GPS

To install satellite imagery on your Garmin GPS:, connect your Garmin GPS device to your computer via a USB cable. Then open the Garmin device and locate the /Garmin/CustomMaps/ folder. Download and unzip the file from the URL above. This will result in a Valley County ID_1.kmz file. Copy the Valley County ID_1.kmz file into the /Garmin/CustomMaps/ directory on the Garmin device. Then eject the Garmin device before unplugging it from the USB cable.

  1. Download the Garmin Custom Map Valley County Satellite Imagery file from the URL above. This will result in a Valley County ID_1.kmz file.
  2. Connect your Garmin GPS device to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Then open the Garmin device and locate the /Garmin/CustomMaps/ folder. Download and unzip the file from the URL above.
  4. Copy the Valley County ID_1.kmz file into the /Garmin/CustomMaps/ directory on the Garmin GPS device.
  5. Right click on the Garmin GPS device icon and select Eject, and wait for the device to unmount (i.e. it will disappear on Mac OS X, or a message will be displayed in Windows to indicate it is safe to unplug the device).

If the Garmin GPS device did not mount as a disk drive (i.e. no icon on the desktop with Mac OS X, or does not appear attached to My Computer in Windows), your Garmin GPS device does not support custom imagery files.

If the Garmin GPS device mounted but does not contain a /Garmin/CustomMaps/ folder then your Garmin GPS does not support custom imagery files.


Installing Satellite Imagery To Garmin Basecamp

The same imagery can be used in Garmin Basecamp. To use the satellite imagery in Garmin Basecamp:

  1. Download the Garmin Custom Map Valley County Satellite Imagery file from the URL above. This will result in a Valley County ID_1.kmz file.
  2. Launch the Garmin Basecamp application.
  3. Along the left hand column of the Garmin Basecamp application program window, select the My Collection icon in the section that is labled On My Computer.
  4. Select the Import Into "My Collection"... menu item under the file menu.
  5. In the file dialog window, navigate to the Valley County ID_1.kmz file that was previously downloaded, select that file and click on Import button.

Setup Garmin Basecamp for Decimal Degrees Format

To following steps illustrate how to setup the Garmin Basecamp application to use decimal degrees as the default coordinate system:


Conversion Between Coordinate Systems With Garmin Basecamp

To following steps illustrate how to between coordinate systems. The conversion result is always expressed in the format that Basecamp is set to use as a default format (as in the steps in the section preceding this section). VCSAR members should be using decimal degrees as the native format.


Creating a Waypoint in Garmin Basecamp

To following steps illustrate how to create a waypoint in the Garmin Basecamp application:

  1. After launcing the Garmin Basecamp application, You will see a set of creation tools within the toolbar at the top of the window (shown in red rectangle). If you move the cursor over the individual tool icons and pause, a tool tip will be displayed that indicates the function of each of the icons in the tool bar.

    Before you create a waypoint, you will want to scroll and zoom to the area where you want to place the waypoint.


  2. Click on the Flag icon to create a waypoint.

  3. Click on the map where you want to drop the waypoint flag. This will result in displaying a dialog box window where you can select which of your collections (listed along the left hand side of the window) that you want the new waypoint to reside in.


    Use the pop-up menu to select the desired target collection and click on the OK button.

  4. A window is displayed that shows changing attributes of the waypoint, including the name of the waypoint. If not already selected, click on the General tab to select the window to change the waypoint name.


    Enter the name of the waypoint in the Name field provided. You can also add information about the waypoint in the Comment field.


  5. Click on the Choose button at the bottom left corner if you would like to change the waypoint symbol. This will display a list of symbols. Scroll to the symbol you wish to use and then click on that symbol to apply the icon to the waypoint.


    Note that the new symbol appears at the bottom left hand corner of the waypoint information window.


  6. To fine adjust the position of the waypoint, click on the Adavanced tab. You can then edit the latitude & longitude values in the Position field.


    Close the dialog box window after editing of the waypoint attributes is completed. Click on the hand icon to enable scrolling on the map.

  7. The new waypoint now appears on the map.


  8. If you wish to edit the waypoint at a later time, the waypoint will be listed in the bottom section of the left hand column of the window when the collection that the waypoint resides in is selected. To edit the waypoint, right click on the waypoint in the collection list at the left hand column, and select Get Info from the pop-up menu. The same dialog window that was previously used dialog window that was described above. Use the same processes as above to edit the attributes of the waypoint.