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Navigating a Route (Continued)
bottom of the page and then press in on the
THUMB STICK to begin navigating the route.
The screen changes to the Navigation Page.
3. Move to the Map Page to view the route and the
position icon indicating your current location.
4. Begin moving, watching directional information on the Navigation Page or progress on the Map Page.
To stop navigation:
Highlight the ‘Stop Navigation’ option on either the Navigation or Map page or select the ‘Stop’ button
on the Route Page.
Data Fields for the Route Page
When navigating a Route, the data displayed in
the data ﬁelds on the Route Page may be customized to
provide useful navigation information that is speciﬁcally
related to route navigation.
Data options (for Route Page only) include:
Distance to Point - The distance from your current location to a route waypoint.
Leg Course - The line of travel between two route waypoints.
Leg Distance - The distance between two route waypoints.
Leg Time - The time required to travel from a route waypoint
to the next.
ETA To Point - Estimated Time of Arrival at a route waypoint
ETE To Point - Estimated Time Enroute to a route waypoint.
Pointer - Direction pointer to a route waypoint.
Sunrise At Point - Time of sunrise at a route waypoint.
Sunset At Point - Time of sunset at a route waypoint.
To select data ﬁeld options:
1. Use the THUMB STICK to highlight a data ﬁeld
on the Route Page and then press in to display the
Data Field Options Menu.
2. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the desired
option and then press in to enter the option in the
Data Field Options Menu
Distance to Point vs Leg
Distance. To view Leg informa
tion, highlight the end waypoint
on a leg.
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Using Track Logs
The eTrex Vista draws an electronic bread crumb trail
on the Map Page as you travel along. This bread crumb
trail is the ‘Track Log’. The Track Log contains informa
tion about points along its path, including time, and
position. The eTrex Vista uses this information to allow
you to navigate using the saved track.
The ‘TracBack’ feature allows you to return along a
traveled path without marking any waypoints. When
you are ready to return to where you started, the eTrex
Vista takes you back by following the ‘Track Log’ that you
left behind. You can save a total of ten tracks in the unit
memory. The Track Log starts recording as soon as the
unit gets a satellite location ﬁx and the Track Log feature
is turned on. When you no longer need a Track Log you
can press the on-screen ‘Clear’ button to remove it. This
also removes the Track Log Pressure or
If you want to keep a record of a certain track log or
use the ‘TracBack’ feature, clear the Track Log before you
start traveling. The percentage of memory used by the
current track log displays at the top of the page. After the
Track Log is ‘Cleared’, it displays zero percent. When the
display reaches 100%, the most recent track points start
to overwrite the least recent if the default setting ‘Wrap
When Full’ remains selected on the track log setup. To
avoid losing track points, save the Track Log when it
approaches the 99% mark.
The Saved Track Page displays the track and it also
can be displayed on the Main Map Page as you navigate.The ‘TracBack’ feature allows you to retrace your
track in both directions. Tracks are marked BEGIN and
You can set the track recording interval to change
based on Distance (from 0 to 9.99 miles), Time (up to 99
hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds), or Automatic ( More
Often, Normal, Less Often, or Least Often).
Use the Options Menu to delete all saved tracks.
Track on Main Map Page
For effective use of the
“TracBack” feature, clear the Track Log before starting a
new trip or after saving the
Rename saved Track Logs to help indentify them later.
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To save and use a Track Log:
1. Access the ‘Tracks’ page from the Main Menu. The page has On/Off buttons, a list of tracks, and the
number of unused tracks.
2. You can press in on the on-screen ‘Off’ button to pause track logging. When track logging is active
the ‘On’ button appears to be recessed.
3. Highlight the ‘Save’ on-screen button and then
press the THUMB STICK to display the track log
‘Save Back Through’ list.
4. Use the
THUMB STICK to select the time and date
that you would like to save the track through.
5. Press in on the
THUMB STICK to save the track log
and display the Track Page.
The Track Page shows the track name, the total distance of the track, the number of points along
the track, a ‘Show on Map’ option, and on-screen
buttons for ‘Map’, ‘OK’, and ‘Tracback’.
6. To enable the Tracback feature, highlight the ‘Tracback’ button and then press in on the
THUMB STICK. This displays the Tracback Menu
with two options. Highlight the desired option (‘To
Beginning’ or ‘To End’) and then press in on the
THUMB STICK to enable. Access the Map Page or
the Navigation Page to navigate the Track.
To use Track Log Setup options:
1. Highlight the Tracks Page Options Menu button
at the top of the page and press in on the
THUMB STICK to display the menu.
2. Highlight the ‘Tracks Log Setup’ option and then
press in on the THUMB STICK.
You can check the ‘Wrap When Full’ option
by highlighting it and then pressing in on the
You can highlight the ‘Record Method’ and ‘Interval’ ﬁelds and press in on the
THUMB STICK to display
their options. ‘Interval’ options change to accommo
date the ‘Record Method’ choices.
Track Log Setup Menu
Save Track Options Saved Track Page
If you choose Auto-record, you
can set the recording interval
from More to Least Often. You can set recording intervals for Time or Distance as desired.
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The Setup Menu
The Setup Pages allow you to customize your eTrex
Vista to your personal preferences. You can choose time
settings, units of measure, display backlighting and
contrast settings, heading measurement, interface options
and system operating mode.
By highlighting the icons on the Setup Menu and
then pressing in on the
THUMB STICK, you can display
the Setup Page for each of the menu items.
You can set the time to match your location or for a
projected location anywhere in the world.
Time Format - Allows you to choose from 12 or 24
hour time format so the clock displays like a standard
clock with 12-hour AM and PM cycles or display a 24-
hour cycle (Military Time).
Time Zone - Can be set to one of the eight US Time
Zones, or 24 International Time Zones (nearest city or
geographical region). Select ‘Other’ so you can enter the
UTC Time Offset.
Daylight Savings Time - Can be turned On or Off
or set to Automatic.
To set the time:
1. Use the PAGE button to access the Main Menu.
2. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the Setup Icon
and then press it in to display the Setup Menu.
3. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the Time Icon
and then press it in to display the Time Page.
4. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the ‘Time Zone’
ﬁeld then press it in to display the time zone list.
5. Highlight a time zone from the list and then press in
on the THUMB STICK.
6. The correct time displays at the bottom of the page.
Time Setup Page
Time Zone Options
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The Units features are best used by individuals with
a working knowledge of map grids and datums. To learn
more about these subjects, visit the National Imagery and
Mapping Agency at http://www.nima.mil or inquire at
Position Format - Allows you to choose from
different grid formats. The default position format,
‘hddd°mm.mmm’ displays the latitude and longitude in
degrees and minutes and is most commonly used.
Map Datum - Offers a selection of nearly all map
datums in common use. Every map is based on a map
datum (a reference model of the earth’s shape) and is
usually listed in the title block of the map. If you are
comparing GPS coordinates to a paper map, chart, or
other reference, the map datum in this ﬁeld must match
the horizontal map datum used to generate the map or
other reference. The default datum is WGS 84 (World
Geodetic Survey 1984) and should only be changed when
using maps or charts specifying a different datum. If a
map does specify a datum, use the options list to ﬁnd
datums applicable to the region of the map, selecting the
one that provides the best positioning at a known point.
If necessary, you also may choose the ‘User’ datum for
custom designed grids.
Distance/Speed - You can choose from three units of
measure to display your rate of travel.
Elevation/Vertical Speed - You can choose from
two units of measure to record your elevation and rate of
To select Units Page options:
1. For all ﬁelds on this page, highlight the ﬁeld and
then press the THUMB STICK to display the
Options Menu for the ﬁeld.
2. Highlight the desired option on the menu and then
press the THUMB STICK to place it in the ﬁeld.
Map Datum Options