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Navigation, Waypoints and Tracks

posted this on October 8, 2012, 2:38 PM

** GPS is not turned on by default. You have to turn it on when you need it, i.e., when using My Location (center) and when recording a track.
*BackCountry Navigator only uses your device's GPS to identify your position. It does not use cell towers or WiFi to determine your location. Hence,acquiring your location will only work outdoors. Another downside of solely using GPS for determining your location is that it quickly consumes battery power. To circumvent this,you can turn off the GPS by clicking on Stop using GPS (saves power) button from the Location menu.

Turning on GPS

To enable automatically Centering on you Location, the GPS functionality of your device needs to be enabled.


1 - Go to Settings

2 - Then Location Services

3 - Make sure that the GPS Satellites box is checked/ticked

Centering the map on Your Location


To use your device's GPS functionality to automatically center on you current location;

1 - Click on the Location icon location_icon.png

* This will open up the Location Menu; which gives you the option to [2] automatically center on you current location and [3] record a track

** Click My Location, it will then inform you that GPS Location has been activated [A]


You will be able to figure out if your device has successfully locked your location by seeing an [B] arrow like icon arrow_location.png

Recording a Track  (Detailed Info HERE)

When you click on Record Track; you will be presented with a new menu, which enables you to:



1 - Stop the track recording

2 - Pause the track recording

3 - GPS View


**But before you start recording your tracks, we must create a TRIP Data first; to fully customize your track data


Creating Trip Files



1 - Create New (Empty) Trip File


You can give your trip file any customized name. To verify and check the current trip file you are using you can click on the Trip Data icon, it would show the current trip file, how many waypoints and tracks you have on them.

The default directory for the trip data is : root//sdcard/bcnav/data/<custom_trip_name>


2 - Load Existing Trip (click on Switch to another trip database)


You have the option to load existing saved trips including their waypoint and tracks data; again, to verify, click on the Layers Icon Layers_icon.jpg


** Loading existing trips will also give you the option to Delete a Trip after you make a selection.

3 - List Tracks/ Waypoints in trip: Trip Name


This menu will give you the option to search for [2] waypoints saved from a custom [1] trip


                                More details HERE on Creating Waypoints

4 - Close Trip - will basically close the custom trip you are currently on. Verifiable via the Layers Menu Layers_icon.jpg

5 - Import GPX/KML


GPX (the GPS Exchange Format) is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and Web services on the Internet.

The GPX 1.1 schema was released on August 9, 2004. GPX has been the de-facto XML standard for lightweight interchange of GPS data since the initial GPX 1.0 release in 2002. GPX is being used by dozens of software programs and Web services for GPS data exchange, mapping, and geocaching. (source:

For more info on GPX, click HERE


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" ?>

<gpx xmlns="" xmlns:gpxx=""xmlns:gpxtpx="" creator="Oregon 400t" version="1.1"xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">
    <link href="">
      <text>Garmin International</text>
    <name>Example GPX Document</name>
      <trkpt lat="47.644548" lon="-122.326897">
      <trkpt lat="47.644548" lon="-122.326897">
      <trkpt lat="47.644548" lon="-122.326897">



Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. KML was developed for use with Google Earth, which was originally named Keyhole Earth Viewer. It was created by Keyhole, Inc, which was acquired by Google in 2004. KML became an international standard of the Open Geospatial Consortium in 2008. Google Earth was the first program able to view and graphically edit KML files. Other projects such as Marble have also started to develop KML support.

The KML file specifies a set of features (place marks, images, polygons, 3D models, textual descriptions, etc.) for display in Google Earth, Maps and Mobile, or any other geospatial software implementing the KML encoding. Each place always has a longitude and a latitude. Other data can make the view more specific, such as tilt, heading, altitude, which together define a "camera view". KML shares some of the same structural grammar as GML. Some KML information cannot be viewed in Google Maps or Mobile. (source:



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="">
  <name>New York City</name>
  <description>New York City</description>

  6 - Share Trip Data



You can share your trip data via the internet, as a GPX file and as a KML file.

For sharing using the internet, you must have an EveryTrail Account, you can create one HERE

7 - Find Trails (in association with




Creating Waypoints

**There are two methods in creating waypoints.

1 - Using the Crosshair as point of interest

2 - Long-pressing on an area of the map (active)


1 - Using the Crosshair for Waypoint Creation 


Click on the [1] waypoint_crosshair_left.png Waypoint creation Icon (WCI) to create a waypoint manually based on the location of the [2] crosshair, as your point of interest.

After tapping the  WCI, a pop-up on the are of interest with corresponding coordinates will enable you to create a custom name for your selected waypoint.


Clicking on the Action button Action_buttonjpeg.jpg, allows you to either; save, center, goto, or delete the waypoint.



**Measure and Create Routes

When creating a waypoint via the waypoint_crosshair_left.png icon, you'll have an option to [1] Measure and Create Routes



Option 1 Lets you save your created and measured route [ from point a to point b]

Option 2 Undoes the last created point (e.g. a or b)

Option 3 Creates the route

Option 4 Ground Guidance Route (beta) which is basically a guide on which terrain or path you will you, take note that this is still in beta phase and some routes may not be 100% accurate


You can choose a custom name for your route and choose the guide type, either by Foot, ATV, Jeep, Water or Trail.

in this example, the guide shown is when using a JEEP to navigate the said points.



2 - Long-pressing on an area of the map (active) 

*before you can utilize this feature, you have to first enable it by going to the settings menu




Then Enable Long Click On Map


To begin creating a waypoint using this method, simple long-press on an area of interest on the map/screen.


and it will again give you options to name your waypoint and save it/edit/cancel.



** Editing / Deleting Waypoints

Simply click the TRIP DATA Icon trip_data_icon.png (which looks like a folder) and choose,


It will then open up the available waypoints for your selected trip and will give you the option to, Edit, Center, Goto or Delete a waypoint.





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This is great! Easy to follow guide.

One question, now that I've created a couple of routes, how do I delete them? I don't want to have them on my map all the time.

November 8, 2012, 11:00 AM
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CritterMap Software


To delete a route.


Click the Trip Data icon trip_data_icon.png then tap List Tracks/Waypoints



Then, click the Options Icon save_icon_waypoints.png and select to display the Nearest Tracks




Choose the route you want to delete and tap on it.



Thank you.


I hope this helps.




November 8, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Sigh - another thing I never noticed. The down arrow to get routes instead of waypoints. I just thot the routes would show up on the waypoint list.

How do you get anything useful done when people like me ask all these dumb questions. I can't believe the service you provide. OUTSTANDING!!!!!

November 8, 2012, 11:48 AM
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David Francis

I've just imported 35 track/waypoint files for a forthcoming vacation, but I don't want them cluttering up my screen when I go to either load an existing trip or create a new one. Ideally, they should be grouped under location in a sub-folder. Is it possible to do this and to be able to call them up in BCN without having to move them around with a file manager?

April 27, 2013, 11:47 AM
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Herbert Pokorny

I imported a large kml file with lots of waypoints, and maybe I got a little carried away. Is there a way to delete a large number of waypoints all at once, or do I have to delete the ones I don'twant one at a time?

February 16, 2014, 2:27 PM
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CritterMap Software


David, TRIP Files were created for that purpose.


Herbert, deleting the trip file you saved it will do the trick.


Here's more about creating trip files :

February 17, 2014, 6:38 AM
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Herbert Pokorny

Thanks Dan, but best as I can tell, I seem to have imported the waypoints into the default trip database, and not a saved database. Probably not my best moment.





February 17, 2014, 7:32 AM
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CritterMap Software

Hi Herb,


did you want to delete all the waypoints in the default trip file that you imported or a select few?

You would have to manually delete them if you have imported waypoint data in the default trip database that you don't want deleted unfortunately.





February 17, 2014, 11:51 AM
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Herbert Pokorny

Hopefully I've learned my lesson and won't repeat this again. I only need about 10-15% of the waypoints I imported, so I guess I'll just bite off bite-sized pieces and delete 10-20 at  time.


As I'm just really starting to learn BN, I'm also just starting to learn Google Earth, so I now realize about setting up a subset of waypoints in Google Earth's My Places that I can then import into BN.


I have to think if I'd even want to do it, but could I uninstall BN, and then reinstall it with a clean slate? I do have a few Pro version add-on maps though,




February 17, 2014, 3:09 PM
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CritterMap Software

Hi Herb,

You can either delete the default trip and start from scratch (this way, it does not change any of the other settings you have in place, but would still clear your trip data) or you can uninstall it and start all over again but I think the former should work just fine.


Thank you,




February 17, 2014, 3:38 PM
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Brad Sneed

Bear with me I am very New to the Program.  I have downloaded my waypoints from Google Earth via KML the waypoints do not have the names associated with them.  Did I do something wrong?



November 12, 2014, 7:06 AM
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CritterMap Software

Hi Brad,


When you say downloaded from Google Earth, you meant you got them from Google Earth and want to MOVE them to BackCountryNavigator?

Did you try to IMPORT the .kml format waypoints via the app (BackCountryNavigator)?





November 14, 2014, 5:09 PM