If you’re using our Guide to Camping on the TMB in conjunction with our post on how to navigate the trek, we thought it would be helpful to provide a resource for finding your campground when using the Gaia GPS app on your smartphone. The following post will show you how to download customized location data for all of the campgrounds mentioned in the camping guide and how to use it with our guide to navigating the TMB. Let’s get started.
If you’ve already downloaded the Gaia GPS app to help you find your way on the TMB, the steps below should be fairly intuitive. If not, be sure to check out the links above to get started with this awesome app.
Step One – Download the location data
Readers who purchase our Complete Guide to Camping on the Tour du Mont Blanc (for under $5!) will get access to the location data for all of the campgrounds included in our guide. You’ll also get tons of useful information for planning your TMB adventure! Click here to purchase:
Included in the Guide is a link to a Dropbox.com file and you’ll select ‘Download’, then ‘Direct Download’.
Note: This is much easier if you download the file directly to your phone. This will save you the step of having to email yourself the file in order to have it saved on your phone.
Step Two – Import the data into Gaia GPS
Now that you’ve downloaded the .kmz file containing the location data, you’ll need to import it into the Gaia GPS app. To do this, follow the instructions below:
First, you’ll open the Gaia GPS app and select the ‘Create’ button in the top right corner. From here you’ll select ‘Import file’. Next you’ll need to navigate to your ‘Downloads’ folder, or whichever location you saved the .kmz file to. This was a bit tricky to locate for me, but I was able to find it in the ‘sdcard’ folder. From here, Gaia GPS will recognize any files that are compatible, including the Tour du Mont Blanc Campground locations file. Select the file and the Gaia GPS app will import the location data.
Give your phone a moment to import the data and voila! You should now have all of the campgrounds that are included in our Guide to Camping on the Tour du Mont Blanc saved on your phone!
Now when you’re out on the trail you’ll easily be able to see exactly how far you have to go until your next stop, and easily be able to find your campground at the end of the day.
What about iOS?
The instructions above give you a step-by-step guide for importing the Tour du Mont Blanc campground location data into Gaia GPS on Android. We happen to both use (and love) Android phones, but know that many readers will have iPhones and want to know how to import the file to their phones. Rest easy because the process is even easier on iOS!
The best way is to select the ‘Direct download’ option (shown in Step One) when you click on the Dropbox file download link. After the download is complete you should be prompted with a button that says ‘Open in Gaia GPS’. Simply select this and the file will automatically import into your Gaia GPS app!
You can find more details on importing .gpx files into Gaia GPS for iOS here: https://help.gaiagps.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003639048-Import-GPX-and-KML-files-in-Gaia-GPS-for-iOS
Be sure to let us know in the comments if you were able to download the campground data and if you found it useful on your trip!
Be sure to check out all of our Tour du Mont Blanc posts below:
- Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List – Be sure you’ve got everything you need!
- Tour du Mont Blanc Logistics – Don’t forget the small details!
- How to Navigate on the TMB – Turn your smartphone into a GPS!
- TMB Trip Report – Know what to expect!
- How to train for the TMB – Avoid being the last person to the campground!
- 10 Essentials for the Tour du Mont Blanc- The quick and dirty basics
- Guide to Camping on the Tour du Mont Blanc – The essential resource!
- Tour du Mont Blanc Photo Galley – Find some inspiration!
- Tour du Mont Blanc Shop – Pick up a souvenir, art print, or T-shirt!
- How to hike the TMB for (nearly) free – save BIG on your TMB costs!
- How Much It Cost Us to Hike the TMB