Kit Guide, Walking

How to upload GPX tracks to your GPS unit

9 Apr , 2014  

We are often asked how do you load a GPX file onto a GPS device.  Fear not – here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get you set up, and a very useful quick video.

STEP ONE – Choose the .gpx file you want to upload to your unit (.gpx is a generic GPS file format) – note that Windows won’t allow you to open/preview the file – and you don’t need to anyway!

STEP TWO – Connect your GPS unit to your computer (by cable) – you’ll then see a couple of drives appear on your computer.

STEP THREE – Look for the GPX folder (use the ‘search’ function on your computer) – you’ll then need to drag and drop or save the .gpx file in the GPX folder…

STEP FOUR – You’re all done and can go ahead and access the .gpx file from your unit!

Here’s a very handy video courtesy of the lovely folks at the Heysen Trail; in 4 mins they walk you through the above steps, then follow on with how to access the files from your GPS unit on the Oregon 450t.

Here at Macs we offer GPX tracks on a selection of our walking and cycling tours, which can then be used alongside our detailed route notes and maps on a self-guided walk or cycle.

Browse our full range of adventure holidays on our website.

We hope you’ve found this blog useful – have fun exploring out there!


Laura By
I am never happier than when out on the road discovering new places and meeting new people. I have been lucky enough to work in every area of Macs Adventure from our UK team, to Europe and now Worldwide. I love helping people discover new places - whether that be the beautiful and rugged south coast of England, the gelato bars and cliff top paths of the Amalif Coast or the beautiful mountains and countryside of the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan!