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Garmin Custom Waypoint Symbols

You can use BCaching to send geocaching waypoints to your Garmin device using custom geocaching waypoint symbols that differentiate cache type (Traditional, Multi-Cache, Mystery Cache, Letterbox, etc.) using the following symbol set:

Custom Symbols

First you must load the custom symbols onto your device (see below), then to use the custom symbols, go to the BCaching Desktop Map View, find the location you want to use as the center of the geocache data to load. Click [Send to Garmin Device] at the bottom of the page, then choose [Custom Waypoint Symbols] and follow the rest of the instructions on that page to finish.

Note that using Custom symbols will limit the Geocaching “functionality” built into some Garmin devices since only one symbol can be designated as a  “Geocache” that can be marked “Found”. If you want to retain that functionality for all geocache types then don’t use this feature. If you want to designate one of the custom symbols as a Geocache (such as the symbol for Traditional since they’re the most common), use the the Geocache Setup function on your device (on the 60CSx: Find => Geocache => Menu => Geocache Setup) and change the Find symbol.

Loading Symbols onto your Garmin Device

  1. To load the custom symbols into your Garmin device, you must first download and install Garmin’s xImage utility (for Windows 2000 or later only).
  2. Then download the Custom Waypoint Symbols ZIP file and extract them to a temporary folder on your computer.
  3. Connect your Garmin device to your computer and turn it on.
  4. Run the xImage program and click [Next] on the Welcome page.
  5. On the Device Settings page, click [Find Device] to identity and select your device, then click [Next].
  6. Click [Send images to the GPS] and click [Next].
  7. Click [Select All] to highlight all Waypoint Symbols then click [Next].
  8. Browse for and select the Custom Waypoint Symbols folder from where you extracted the ZIP file and click [OK]. xImage will then send the images to your device.
  9. Click [Finish] to exit.

BCaching Release 0.5

Release 0.5 includes a few new Desktop Map features (no mobile enhancements with this release)

  • Desktop Map now includes a Filter panel that allows filtering of geocache types, containers, terrain, difficulty and more.
  • You can now download a summary GPX file (up to 999 waypoints) based on the current filter. The GPX file may be used in Google Earth or to send to your GPS device. The summary includes additional waypoints, but it does not include descriptions or logs. Enter the maximum number of waypoints (default is 500) and click the [Download GPX] button at the bottom of the Desktop Map page.
  • You can also send cache data directly to your Garmin device using the Garmin Communicator web plug-in. It also uses the current filter and sends the same information that would be sent in the GPX file. To begin, click the [Send to Garmin Device] button at the bottom of the Desktop Map page.

If you encounter any issues, please post them on the forum.

– Update 7.28.2009

This wasn’t quite ready last week, but now you can also send waypoints to your Garmin using Custom Waypoint Symbols that represent cache type: traditional, multi, letterbox, mystery, etc. See the follow-up post for details.