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 Backcountry Navigator 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 Backcountry Navigator 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 only $4!) 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.’
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 Backcountry Navigator
This step is fairly straightforward, especially if you’ve already saved the file on your phone. If you haven’t, you’ll want to email it to yourself or use another method to transfer the file to your phone. Be sure to note the folder where you’ve saved the file, most likely the ‘Download’ folder.
In order to import the location data into Backcountry Navigator you’ll open the app and select the ‘Trip Data’ menu (this is the folder icon).
Next you’ll select ‘Import Tracks or Waypoints.’ From here you’ll select the folder labeled UP and then navigate to your Download folder (or whichever folder you saved the file to).
Once you’ve selected the ‘Download’ folder, you should see the file ‘TMBtent campground locations.kmz’. You’ll select this file and then select ‘Start Import’.
Give your phone a few moments to complete the import and voila! You should now have all of the campgrounds that are included in our Guide to Camping on the Tour of 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.
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!