anybody working with Garmin eTrex Legend HCx as well?

Posted by WernerBeckmann on 22 June 2008 in English (English)


I've started to track my walks and car trips with the Garmin device which I've recently bought. So far I'm quite happy with it, but I still have to learn a lot about map making.

As I'm using a Mac I wonder if there is a way to reasonable download data from the device without having to start my Windows emulator?

I've found out that you can switch the device in settings to behave like a USB disk and hence you can download the tracks you recorded from that device. This of course will only work if you set the track saving options to "Chip" (at least that's what I think... good luck).

However, you can only download tracks, but not waypoints (and I've inserted a lot of them...). Does anybody have some experience with Garmin and Mac? Googling did not find suitable tools yet.

Furthermore, I cannot upload the POIs from Garmin - the POI loader does not like the format - don't laugh...


Comment from robx on 22 June 2008 at 16:39

I have almost the same unit: a Vista HCx. To download data on a Mac, I suggest using gpsbabel. There's a user-friendly GUI variant called gpsbabel+. See

Maybe we should start a wiki page collecting information for these devices? E.g., gpsbabel command lines; useful settings; is it possible to save to memory card with frequency 1/s and to internal memory with lower frequency...

Comment from Richard on 22 June 2008 at 20:07

Agree with Rob - gpsbabel+ makes it easy.

Comment from WernerBeckmann on 27 June 2008 at 21:02

hi there,
I'm back from a non-tracking trip (aka work...), yes a wiki page would be helpful. Are there any policies to be followed for wiki page creation? Or is somebody cleaning up after us ;-)?


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