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Garmin BaseCamp


Garmin announced a new software program today called BaseCamp. BaseCamp is to the outdoors world as MapSource is to street navigation. Users will be able to browse topo maps, tracklogs, waypoints, and plan trips for their handheld Garmin devices through the software which will be compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Why this wasn’t announced a couple of days ago at CES is a bit puzzling, however this isn’t the only GPS announcement we expect over the next week or two.

“BaseCamp brings a whole new set of features to hikers, hunters, geocachers, and anyone else who wants to maximize their experience with their Garmin GPS,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “This new utility lets users view, organize, and transfer their data more quickly and efficiently – allowing them to make the most of their time exploring the great outdoors.”

Perhaps taking direct aim at DeLorme’s Topo USA program, BaseCamp will allow users to view topo maps in 2D as well as 3D views as well as changing the map orientation from the old method that was locked in North up.

Also noteworthy, Garmin mentions the software will be compatible with “TOPO U.S. 24K DVD”, a product which to date has only been available for certain states. The software is expected to be released by the end of March, just in time for your next outdoor adventure.

10 Responses

  1. Typical Garmin marketing. How many newe programs and features have they announced in the past two months? 60-day map guarantee, nuMaps map subcription, BaseCamp, RoadTrip, EcoRoute all come to mind right away. What percentage of owners know about any of them? I’d guess under 10%, and maybe 2% for the newest announcements. If this was TomTom, it would be all over the place. Maybe Garmin should take a page from them and look to former Apple marketing people for a fresh approach.

    gatorguy - January 16th, 2009
  2. I’ll be interested in it for geocaching purposes. I’ve often used USA Photomap’s topographical feature to plan my route into a cache site by avoiding unnecessary hills, marsh and water.

    Steve Bukosky - January 17th, 2009
  3. im looking for a gps that displays bml lands or the n a software that i can download into a handheld gps

    brett - February 8th, 2009
    • Brett, the DeLorme PN-40 can display BML areas, but it takes a bit of work.

      Tim - February 9th, 2009
  4. CLUNK CLUNK that about discribes BaseCamp. How can a company that designes such an intotative interface in their GPSs’ put out something like BaseCamp? Crashes, pointers that dissapear when you stop moving the mouse. How about a save button. I was never a great fan of MapSource but this is a giant leap backwards. Looking forward to some major fixes but I’m still looking for them for MapSource.

    Ron - June 17th, 2009
  5. I just received a Garmin 400t and understand that I should get BaseCamp for trails that I’d like to hike. I was under the understanding that this unit came loaded with mapping and a list of all trails nationwide, but can’t seem to find it on this handheld.
    In a call to Garmin, it looks like I need to download BaseCamp. It was also suggested that I get TOPO U.S. 24K DVD

    It’s a shame that I should have to buy anything to add to this device. It’s not cheap!

    Tina - May 14th, 2010
    • Pay a visit to GPSFileDepot.com. There’s lots of very good to excellent and FREE 24K mapsets created by it’s members. I don’t use the Garmin 24K’s, tho I read that they are very good with the bonus of being routable. But I’ve found the maps at GPSFileDepot to be more than adequate for any of my biking/hiking needs.

      The advice to download Garmin’s free Basecamp software was dead on. You’ll need it for working with your maps on computer and transferring or building maps/routes/tracks between the computer and your Oregon. Also take advantage of the hi-res sat images that you can use within BaseCamp for trip planning. If you want to transfer those BirdsEye images to your 400, you’ll need to buy the $30 subscription, but they’re free to use within BaseCamp.

      gatorguy - May 14th, 2010
  6. Looking for GPS that is dependable for hunting and fishing on land as well as getting me back home in my truck. I’m willing to spend $500 to $600 for one that is trust worthy.

    Carl Bailey - May 20th, 2010
  7. Odd that BaseCamp installs to a different Garmin directory than MapSource. BaseCamp install created a Garmin folder in the Programs directory, whereas MapSource installed into its own directory on the C: drive (PC).

    So, I have TopoCanada on the C:Garmin directory with Mapsource and Topo US in the other directory with BaseCamp. Mapsource doesn’t find the US map and BaseCamp doesn’t find the Canada map.

    The US maps didn’t give a choice regarding their install directory, but the Canada maps did so will try installing Mapsource and Canada into the Program directory with BaseCamp.


    sue t - June 5th, 2010
  8. Hi,

    Can anyone tell me how to download from Basecamp to a micro SD card inside my garmin device?


    David - October 29th, 2011

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