.gpx eXchange is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and Web Services on the Internet. Most GPS software will be able to open these files as well as many smart phone apps.
- Garmin .gdb BaseCamp files are designed to be used with Garmin GPS
units to transfer routes, maps and other information.
There are several smart phone apps which allow you to import standard .gpx routes and also provide topographical maps.
Our favorite, and the one we use hiking, is the iOS app 'Trails' by iosphere GmbH. The instructions below will guide you through importing and loading .gpx files from HikingUpward. If you have a Android device there are several mapping apps that provide the same functionality and are available on Google Play.
All hikes on this site contain a link to both a .gdb Garmin BaseCamp
and universal .gpx eXchange file.