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I have a .gpx file for a local trail. The file has many waypoints on it so when I upload it into my garmin 705 and go to the rides section, it shows the name of the trail repeated many times and doesn't show it as a one full map.

Here's the .gpx file:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/T1VtTG14SU9Qb0kwTVE9PQ

Any way I can convert it so I can just see one file name and simply load the map when I'm riding?

Would be greatly appreciated if someone could convert it for me too.

Thanks.
 

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Ah...I see what's up.

It's not necessarily that there are too many track points (there are 8123). The problem you're having is that this .gpx file is for a 'network' rather than a loop or an out-and-back. Unfortunately, the Edge 705 can't display this trail network as-is (the reason it's breaking the file up into multiple pieces). Getting it to display on your GPS is going to be pretty involved. It looks like the file was even created in Topofusion (that's what I'm using to view it).

I'd suggest you go to www.gpsfiledepot.com and check out their tutorial on making vector maps in Garmin's format. You can make one for just this area, including this file as a layer on that map (which you will then export to Mapsource's format, and can send to your GPS as a basemap). You won't be able to create a course, follow the trail, or "trackback" using this method. To do that, you'll have to hand-sketch a route or a track for the trails you'd like to ride in any given time (each will function a little differently, but both will work).
 

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NateHawk said:
Ah...I see what's up.

It's not necessarily that there are too many track points (there are 8123). The problem you're having is that this .gpx file is for a 'network' rather than a loop or an out-and-back. Unfortunately, the Edge 705 can't display this trail network as-is (the reason it's breaking the file up into multiple pieces). Getting it to display on your GPS is going to be pretty involved. It looks like the file was even created in Topofusion (that's what I'm using to view it).

I'd suggest you go to www.gpsfiledepot.com and check out their tutorial on making vector maps in Garmin's format. You can make one for just this area, including this file as a layer on that map (which you will then export to Mapsource's format, and can send to your GPS as a basemap). You won't be able to create a course, follow the trail, or "trackback" using this method. To do that, you'll have to hand-sketch a route or a track for the trails you'd like to ride in any given time (each will function a little differently, but both will work).
Would I need to use Mapsource?

It simply won't work on my PC since it requires SP3 which I don't want to install.

Which exact tutorial should I go through at gpsfiledepot?
 

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You absolutely MUST have Mapsource. You have to get the maps onto the gps somehow, and Mapsource is the only program that can load maps onto your Edge 705. You have some options with raster maps on a handful of newer models, but even with those, you absolutely must have Mapsource to load vector map data. Why won't you upgrade to SP3? XP, I assume?

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-create-garmin-topo-maps/

It's a collection of 9 mini-tutorials for each step in the process.
 
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