Garmin Adventures hasn’t been officially announced to the general public yet, but there’s enough information available to give you a good peek at what’s coming. Basically, it seems to be a social/outdoor adventure sharing website, that integrates with BaseCamp, allowing you to download “adventures” to your Garmin (see screenshots below).
That’s my take on it anyway. Here’s a quote from the Garmin Forum post where they let the cat out of the bag:
“Garmin Adventures” is a new feature that allows you to easily share trips and photos and lets you find Adventures by other Garmin users. You can download a track from your GPS to BaseCamp, add some photos, videos and annotations; upload the trip as an Adventure and then share it via the Garmin Adventures web site with friends and family. BaseCamp allows you to author Adventures, and use a playback feature so you can re-live your trip. In the near future, Garmin devices will add support for Adventures as well.
It will be interesting to see how they implement Adventures on their handhelds. You can already transfer the waypoints, tracks, photos, etc., so clearly they have something different in mind.
As you can see below, the typical adventure download includes a track, some waypoints or points of interest, and georeferenced photos.
If they don’t pull it, this unlisted YouTube video shows off the playback functionality.
I have a couple of things to add here…
It will be interesting to see how this integrates with the forthcoming BaseCamp mobile app. For example, will we be able to download a track at the trailhead and transfer it to our Garmin? This just makes me more convinced that Bluetooth-enabled Garmin handhelds are right around the corner.
A huge thanks to Allory for the tip.