You found or created a route on RouteYou that you want to use on your Garmin GPS? But you also would like to have the background map of the area around it (not only the track), because you don't have such a detailed map yet on your Garmin device.
A Custom Map is a great solution allowing you hicking or cycling a trip without a covering basemap.
A Custom Map is a hands-on and convenient tool for Garmin outdoor handheld. It is an alternative to other digital maps for compatible Garmin devices. Technically, a Custom Map is a KMZ file (e.g. CustomRTY.kmz) which contains your digital map in a readable georeferenced format.
RouteYou renders an on-demand high resolution digital map of your own routes. It shows the selected route on a background map. The resolution (detail) is optimized for outdoor handheld devices to ensure the practical use of the map. The background map consists of a road network, the major toponyms and land use/land cover, relief shadow and contour lines along with a directional track of your route. The map area fits your route as close as possible.
The Garmin Custom Maps are compatible with the latest outdoor Garmin devices:
When in doubt, check your device specs. Also make sure you have the latest software on your device.
Different workflows are possible:
The Custom Map is drawn on top of all other maps on your device. You can enable/disable your Custom Map in the map tab in the in the setup of your device.
Technically the answer is yes. Although:
Yes. Just create a folder ‘CustomMaps’ on your SD card and copy your Custom Map to the folder.
Your device determines the starting rendering zoom level of the map, based on the size of the Custom Map. For example, large Custom Map will be visible starting from 5 km zoom level. Smaller ones will be visible at 1.2 km zoom level.
There are the following reasons:
An example of the Custom Map in Google Earth.
For a list of the RouteYou functionalities per type of account: have a look at the RouteYou Functionality Overview per accounttype.
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