BG Gear GPX files are meant to accompany www.BluuGnome.com route descriptions and offer the convenience of easy transfer of entire routes (waypoints, tracks and routes) into mapping software or navigation devices reducing manual entry errors.
After purchase, follow the download link in the emailed receipt, or login to your account to download a ZIP file containing the GPX file(s). The ZIP file will need to be un-compressed to extract the GPX file before importing into mapping software or navigation devices.
Download links expire in 7 days, after which downloading the GPX file is no longer possible. After expiration, re-downloading files will require a new purchase. Be sure to save a backup copy of your downloaded GPX files so you will always have them.
Downloading GPX Files
Add desired GPX file(s) to your cart, then checkout to complete your purchase. A purchase confirmation email will be sent containing a download link to allow download of the purchased file(s). Click the link to download the GPX file to your computer.
Optionally you can download your purchased GPS file(s) by logging into your account on BG Gear and downloading them from your account area.
Remember all download links expire after 7 days. Download soon and backup your files for safe keeping.
Extracting the GPX Files
The servers hosting the BG Gear store have file restrictions that do not allow download of the GPX file-type. To make downloading possible, each GPX file has been compressed inside an archiving file-type called a ZIP file. The downloaded ZIP file needs to be un-compressed to extract the GPX file then it can be freely used in any of your mapping software or navigation devices.
Uncompressing the ZIP files to extract the GPX file is simple, but the process will be slightly different depending on what device or operating system is used.
Using the file manager app of your choice, navigate to the ZIP file, tap and hold on the ZIP file to bring up a menu then select Extract from the options. This will create a folder in the same directory with the same name as the ZIP file. Your GPX file will be in that folder.
Open the Files app on your iPhone, navigate to the folder navigate to the ZIP file, tap and hold on the ZIP file to bring up a menu then select Un-compress from the options. This will create a folder in the same directory with the same name as the ZIP file. Your GPX file will be in that folder.
Open File Explorer, navigate to your ZIP File, right-click the file and select Extract All. This will create a folder in the same directory as the ZIP file and will have the same name as the ZIP file. Your GPX file will be in that folder. Some of the old versions of windows did not have this ability built into the operating system. If you are using a much older version of Windows, you can download free software to extract ZIP files. 7ZIP is one of those.
Navigate to the ZIP file and double-click the file. This will create a folder in the same directory as the ZIP file and will have the same name as the ZIP file. Your GPX file will be in that folder
Using the GPX Files
Import the GPX file into any of your mapping software or navigation devices. Go outside and have fun navigating.
Notice: The Garmin Explore website for mapping has issues. Waypoints are stripped of comments and icons diminishing user experience by withholding information. Importing GPX files containing specific character-combinations in waypoint comments will NOT import.
For InReach users experiencing difficulties importing to the Garmin Explore website, follow this workaround: Import GPX file into Google Earth, save data as a KML file, then import KML file into the Explore website. Hopefully this enhances your experience!