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Garmin Foretrex 301 - Help Needed
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Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Garmin Foretrex 301 - Help Needed on 05/27/2011 21:03:26 MDT Print View

So, got the 301. Never seen a GPS before.

RTFM - Did that.
Read the PDF on the CD.
Google - Did that, and boy was that ugly...

Can someone point me to a link/site that actually explains how to get a Route from NG Topo! into the 301?

Also, am I correct in assuming that I want my "Position Data" in Setup to be in UTM/UPS? And that "Map Datum" should be WGS 84?

Am I correct in believing Routes can be downloaded without purchasing additional software?

Is there a good forum to lurk and search in?
Any all tips and tricks greatly appreciated.

Edit: To clarify - I don't want to download maps (I don't thing the 301 is built for that. I only want to download a the waypoints of a Route - so I can "GO TO" if I am doing cross country in a featureless landscape.


Edited by greg23 on 05/27/2011 21:15:01 MDT.

Allan Peretz
(alibi) - F

Locale: The Ozarks
I think I have the answer... on 05/27/2011 21:27:39 MDT Print View


I have a ForeTrex 301 too and am really enjoying it. Took me a while, however, to come up with a workable solution for route management. Here's how I do it.

Download and install Garmin BaseCamp at:

It's a free download. Then, download free topo maps for BaseCamp (instead of paying for the Garmin ones) at:

Finally, you can download some pre-made routes (and import into BaseCamp) at:

BaseCamp will allow you to sync your PC routes and your ForeTrex. I use it all the time.

Good luck!


Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: I think I have the answer... on 05/27/2011 21:38:27 MDT Print View

I have Topo!, and can create routes, with waypoints, and can export .gps files to my PC, and then I drag and drop the .gps file into the 301's "GPX" Folder. But I don't know how to find that route when is GPS mode on the 301.

Is the BaseCamp "sync" another way of saying "I'll move the file for you"?


Edit: Corrected Drag and Drop to the "GPX" folder on the 301. I was putting it incorrectly in Current.

I needed to configure Topo! with respect to Garmin, USB, etc. (but I'm still missing something). Routes and Waypoints are now visible on the 301.Topo! can't establish the USB connection for a direct download, but it is happy to dump the file into the 301's GPX when I tell it to. Go Figure.

Edited by greg23 on 05/27/2011 22:26:31 MDT.