Hi Peter -
Thanks a ton for all of the help! I just tested the below today and everything worked perfectly (small issue with the navigate back adding extra miles somehow but less worried about that).
Turns out I was following all of the plotaroute stuff correctly but at one point in my troubleshooting I had turned off "Follow Course" on the watch that was causing the issue.
I've really been bummed the last couple months with this issue and was starting to think I bought a really expensive brick. Your help completely made my day! (probably year)
If you have a Venmo or something I'd love to buy you a beer.
Very strange answer from Garmin."One thing I didn't try was disabling TBT within the Hiking Activity on my Garmin once I started the course. I'm not sure if that should affect anything. I was on the phone with Garmin support and you can't turn TBT off until you open the course on the watch."Turning off TBT is a global setting (Settings-> Navigation-> Alerts-> Turn points = on/off) and it's available all the time. I wonder what setting they refer to.
I've not tested, but I think you lose all course points with the above setting, both TBT and other course points that you have created in Plotaroute Direction List.
Quick todo in Plotaroute:
Thanks for the response.
By manually I meant that I download the FIT file from plotaroute and then transfer it over to the watch directly into NewFiles. I don't go through Garmin Connect.
One thing I didn't try was disabling TBT within the Hiking Activity on my Garmin once I started the course. I'm not sure if that should affect anything. I was on the phone with Garmin support and you can't turn TBT off until you open the course on the watch.
I'll try again in the coming days and see if I get a different result. Are there any other little tweaks that are easy to overlook that I might be missing? Either on plotaroute or on the Garmin.
Also, I can add that it's only a couple of symbols that correspond to Garmin symbols. Alla other symbols give a default one.
It would be great if symbols compatible with Garmin could be marked in some way here on the site when selecting in list.
Aaron, the first step is correct.
What do you mean by 'manually transfer'? You need to copy the fit file to newfiles folder on watch wired or use gimporter ciq widget (Android only) wirelessly to put the file on watch.
If you use the Garmin sync here on-site or import the route to Garmin connect, then Garmin will create tbt for you.
As per Peter's comment below, it's possible that Garmin Connect may be substituting your coursepoints with its own. We definitely include coursepoints in FIT files we create for any labels or symbols that you added in the directions panel. This is probably question for Garmin support but other Fenix users on here may be able to offer advice.
Hi All - Resurrecting this thread. I've followed these instructions by creating a route and deleting all of the directions and then adding in my own course points and making sure the turn arrows are turned off. Is this part of the step correct?
When I then manually transfer the FIT to my Fenix 6 I lose all of my Coursepoints and I end up getting a TBT. I'm wondering if I'm missing a step somewhere along the way as it seems like this all should be relatively straightforward.
Yes, that's right Callum, we don't create coursepoints for any labels or symbols you add directly to the map (rather than to the route), as these are 'off-route' and so would cause confusion when it comes to navigation of the route.
Hi Peter, I transfer directly to the watch...I've been burned by connect and basecamp and try and stay well clear. I think I get it now, plotaroute only transfers directions over as course-points and not POI waypoints, while that kind of makes sense as someone could put a POI waypoint somewhere off course and it wouldn't make sense to display distance to it. P.S. I wouldn't do that in my case.
Now I get the mappings and have found the directions in plotaroute and how they map to my watch, I know what I have to tinker with to get it to work.
At some point I may end up writing an app to take GPX files with POI waypoints and convert them to FIT files in the format I need.
Thanks John and Peter for your insights and help with this.
When you say that you have waypoints that don't match any of your waypoints in direction list in plotaroute, that made me thinking about how you tranfer the route to watch.
Do you transfer your route via Garmin Connect?
Garmin Connect delete all course points done externally and create new direction course points during transfer to watch.
Just out of interest why are POI course_points not supported? While adding them as directions will work, it seems like a workaround.
Brill thanks John, will do.
If you want the FIT file to contain coursepoints for POI's but not directions, you can do this by deleting any directions from the route and adding any POI's you want to the directions list instead (rather than adding them as annotations on the map).
Hi Peter, I checked the long and lat and the directions match none of my waypoints, so it's not a symbol issue. The issue is that the FIT file doesn't contain POI points but does contain directions. I want the former but not the latter.
Maybe I'm wrong...
I think the main issue here is that directions are added on the map along the route with a symbol that is supported in fit, but anyway the result in the file is a turn symbol.
In my tests I saw that if a turn point has both a direction and a symbol, then the direction is saved to file. Because the direction is behind the other symbol on the map it can be difficult to seewhen there is a combination of the two.
One solution to simplify would be to do it the other way around. Show symbol, not turn, if both are present.
I've seen that sometimes when I add a turn point and automatically get a gray turn symbol, like disabled, and then add a poi symbol, the turn symbol is acitvated when saving the turn point. It's likel intermittent and I can't find a way to constantly reproduce it...
Also, I ommitted, in races these checkpoints have cut-off times where if I arrive after that time I'm classed as DNF - did not finish. Having these checkpoints as course-points means my Garmin gives me estimated time to arrival at each one.
Hi John, kind of. The scenario is this...I do hiking and ultra-running so am usually reading a map or running paths I can match to the breadcrumb trail on my Fenix. In these conditions I don't find directions useful as it's rarely "turn left here" or "bear left here". There are however, in races/events/challenges, checkpoints along the course where I know I'm going to be able to re-fuel, or summits that I know I need to reach, etc. In these cases I find it really useful to know how far the next "POI" checkpoint/summit/etc is, rather than knowing it's going to be 1km until I turn left; I know the latter because I can see the breadcrumb on my watch and can see that on my map.
So in summary I need a FIT file that only gives me what I put on the route via PAR....a route and POI waypoints. Not directions.
In FIT spec language I want the course-points to reflect the POI waypoints and the records to reflect the route.
In fact the FIT spec example (in the SDK) for a course-file shows exactly this, a route (records) with laps (laps) and POI waypoints (course_points) for halfway, start, finish. It does not mention directions.
Does that make sense?
I think if I understand correctly Callum, you'd like the downloaded course file to contain coursepoints for any labels and symbols you've added directly to the map, as well as those atatched to the route via the directions. We don't currently include these in TCX and FIT course files, as these aren't part of the route, so could hinder navigation. Course files don't really support waypoints like this, in the same that GPX files do. If you want to include a waypoint of some sort in TCX to FIT files that you download, you would need to add this to the list of directions, so that it gets added as a coursepoint at the correct place along the route.
Ok, think I've worked it out. With the attached (PAR = plotaroute.com):
So it looks like PAR doesn't add coursepoints to the FIT file for POI waypoints and only adds directions, ultimately I'm looking for a FIT file that mirrors the Test_Route_From_Home POI.gpx file.
PAR - Fenix 3 - Summary.csv notes:
I'll post up the gpx and fit file so you can see.
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