Data is becoming the name of the game as more people are turning to devices to help improve sporting performance or prepare for their upcoming adventures. Following the trend, Garmin has recently launched BaseCamp, the free software download that will give GPS users loads of new interactive data feedback with their device.
BaseCamp lets you view and organize topo maps, waypoints, routes and tracks then sends them all to your GPS device. The topo map can be viewed in 2-D or 3-D on your computer, includes elevation profiles and lets you rotate the maps to view from any angle.
One of the most useful features is the ability to estimate the difficulty of your hike before you even start. BaseCamp Track Draw allows you to draw your intended route then feeds back the elevation profile. Once you have completed your hikes, the software will show an animated playback of all your routes and tracks over time.
The BaseCamp software enables the transfer of photos to and from the Garmin device in order to geotag or add a photo to any waypoint on the map. The software also offers advanced Geocaching support and can import data directly from Geocaching.com
The software is available free for PC and Mac users from the Garmin website.