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Garmin eTrex Vista HCX

eTrex Owners Manual

eTrex Quick Reference


Free Geography Tools

openstreetmap.org BaseCamp

gpstracklog.com Rich Owings - What kind of maps do I need for my Garmin handheld?

gpsfaqs.org/faqs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

openstreetmap.org/wiki Garmin eTrex Vista HCX

openstreetmap.org/wiki OSM Map On Garmin/Download


openstreetmap.org/questions Which GPS Device ?

The most popular GPS unit for use with OSM, by a long chalk, is the Garmin eTrex Legend HCx. It’s rugged, has plenty of memory (if you put a MicroSD card in it), lasts a day on standard rechargeable AA batteries, and is fairly easy to use. You can put your own maps on it, and indeed many OSMers either use the mkgmap program to create their own Garmin map ‘images’ from OSM data, or download one of the many pre-built images. These include customised walking, cycling and boating styles and even ‘no-name’ styles which highlight unnamed roads in OSM.

Uploading traces to your computer, if you have a MicroSD card installed, is a simple matter of connecting the two via a normal USB cable, putting the Garmin into “mass storage mode”, and copying the file across. (If you also want to copy waypoints, you’ll need to use GPSBabel or a similar program.)

After years with a little map-free yellow eTrex and a Geko 201, I got a Legend HCx for Christmas a few years back and have been delighted with it. Having the OSM map on your GPS really does make a difference.

Don’t take too much notice of the list price on the Garmin site - in the UK these units are widely discounted, and I presume the same is true in the States.


garmin.openstreetmap.nl Select and generate

Free maps for Garmin brand GPS devices

Combine maps request accepted

You will receive two emails:

One email containing a link to a webpage where you can track the status of your request which will be sent immediately.

One email containing the download location for the Windows BaseCamp/MapSource installer, Mac OSX BaseCamp/RoadTrip installer, Linux package and gmapsupp.img when the server has processed your request.

There are currently 1 requests in the queue…

The email containing the tracking URL is successfully sent.

First email


You successfully requested a Garmin map on http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl.

Below you find a link to a webpage that shows the current status of your request.

Check Status - request - Mon Sep 26 21:16:45 MDT 2016

Note: Your map will only be available for 60 hours. Please make sure to check your mail often enough so you won’t miss the download window.


Lambertus http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl



Your request for a Garmin map on garmin.openstreetmap.nl is ready.

The server has generated four different configurations of your map:

  • _windows.exe = Installer for Garmin BaseCamp/MapSource (Windows).
  • _macosx.zip = Installer for Garmin BaseCamp/RoadTrip (Mac OSX)
  • _gmapsupp.zip = Combined image for direct manual placement on the GPS device (gmapsupp.img)
  • _tiles.zip = A zip file containing the tiles in the request, especially useful for Linux users (e.g. QLandkarte)

Please browse to the website listed below and download the map configuration(s) you’re interested in. Your request will be available on the server for 60 hours before it’s deleted.

Complete map link


Lambertus http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl


        tiles.txt                2016-09-27 05:12  845   
        Contains a list of tile numbers that are used for the maps in this directory.
        wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/tiles.txt
        osm_generic_windows.exe  2016-09-27 05:15  275M  
        Map installer for BaseCamp/MapSource on the Windows platform.
        osm_generic_tiles.zip    2016-09-27 05:14  276M  
        Compressed file that contains the tiles and overview map. This is useful for applications like Qlandkarte and Linux users.
        wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/osm_generic_tiles.zip
        osm_generic_macosx.zip   2016-09-27 05:16  273M  
        Map installer for BaseCamp/RoadTrip on the Mac OSX platform.
        osm_generic_gmapsupp.zip 2016-09-27 05:13  262M  
        Compressed file that contains a single image that can be placed directly onto the SD-card of the GPS.
        wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/osm_generic_gmapsupp.zip
        license.txt              2016-09-27 05:12  1.0K  
        License information for OpenStreetMap. Also contains the Mkgmap version used to combine the maps.
        buildlog.txt             2016-09-27 05:16  5.0K  
        63240000_license.txt     2016-09-27 05:12  379   
        License information for OpenStreetMap. Also contains the Mkgmap version used to combine the maps.
        63240000.nsi             2016-09-27 05:12  9.3K  
        Nullsoft Scriptable Installer script used to create the BaseCamp/MapSource installer.

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