WristRoute Help

WristRoute is a standalone Apple Watch GPS app for hiking, biking, and other offline activities. Neither the iPhone nor Internet is needed for field operation.

Permissions

When first run, WristRoute prompts to enable access to your location (i.e. use the GPS). Prompts appear on both the Apple Watch and the iPhone. The permission must be granted on the iPhone.

Permissions

iPhone
      Permissions

If this initial permission is not granted, you can grant the permission later with iPhone 'Settings... WristRoute... Location... While Using' the App. Another way to set the permission is iPhone 'Settings... Privacy... Location Services... WristRoute... While Using the App'.

Map

WristRoute displays your GPS position as a crosshair cursor in the center of a topographic map.

Map screen

Zoom the map in and out by turning the digital crown.

Scroll the map by dragging the screen with your finger. The scrolled map will return to the GPS position the next time the screen turns off for over one second and then turns back on, such as when you lower and then raise your wrist ("wrist up"), or when the screen blanks to save power.

GPS reception quality is displayed by up to four small squares at the upper left of the screen. If GPS reception is good (3 dots or more, horizontal accuracy 32 meters or better), WristRoute adds a yellow dot to the map at your position. A new dot is added every 100 feet of motion.

If you scroll the map the GPS reception quality dots are replaced with N^, letting you know that the current GPS position is not being displayed (and to remind you that North is always up on the map). If you press N^ then the current GPS position will be redisplayed, as if you had lowered and raised your wrist.

Map images are downloaded from the internet as they are needed. Maps are stored in a persistent cache for later offline use.

The map displayed is US Topo, the latest topographic map from USGS. Outside of the continental United States a map based on OpenStreetMap is used instead.


Dots

Once your direction of motion is established a direction arrow is displayed under the cursor. Note that since the Apple Watch does not have a compass, it uses successive GPS positions to determine your heading. Consequently, the arrow is most accurate when your recent motion is in a straight line.

iPhone

The iPhone side of WristRoute is used to transfer GPX (Global Positioning eXchange) files between your iCloud Drive and the watch.

iPhone Menu

GPX files contain waypoints, routes, and tracks. You can find GPX files for many popular routes on the internet. Download the GPX file to your iCloud drive, then transfer it to the watch. You can also create GPX files with programs such as Eastridge Technology's Route3D.

Menu

Pressing the menu symbol at the upper right of the watch screen displays the main menu.

Menu

Scroll down with the Apple Watch digital crown to see all of the menu.

Menu 2

Each of these menu entries will be described in turn.

Trip

Trip shows elevation, including gain and loss, distance traveled, elapsed time, speed over the last 100 feet, and average speed since the trip began.

Trip

Elevation is as reported by the GPS and does not include built structures such as stairs.

Trip, scrolled

Scroll down to reveal the Reset button. This button requires a firm press to avoid accidental data erasure.

Reset Menu

Trip reset

Reset trip only zeroes the trip counters without clearing track history.

Reset trip+track zeroes the trip counters and erases track history. Track history is used to save a track, see Route/Track below.

Route/Track

The Route/Track menu is used to save the current trip history as a new track, or to load a route or track from the GPX file. Routes and tracks are treated the same, and both are referred to as track below.

Trakcs


Selecting a track from the scrolling list (or on the map) brings up a track title page. If the track has a description it appears below the button area.

New saves track history in a track file. Tracking is enabled withe the Settings... Tracking switch. Track history is accumulated until is cleared with the Trip... Reset menu.

Track

Map draws the track as a white line on the map, with a the name of the track in yellow marking the start.


Map Overlay

Cache returns to the map screen and animates the route, which caches all the map images at the current zoom level for later offline use. The display may pause as images are downloaded.

Rename brings up a screen which allows the track to be renamed. Note that microphone dictation only works if the iPhone is in communication with the watch.

Rename

Delete deletes the route.

Profile

Profile displays an elevation profile of the current track. The white line cursor shows your position along the track

Prolfile


The profile can be expanded and contracted by turning the digital crown. You can drag the cursor to check elevations and to scroll the screen.

If the profile is flat then the track may not contain elevation data. Route3D can add elevation to a track if needed.

Waypoint

The Waypoint menu lists waypoints in the GPX file.

New... saves the current map cursor position as a new waypoint.

Waypoints

The list is sorted by distance from your current position. To sort by name, firmly press on screen and select Sort by Name.

Selecting a waypoint from the scrolling list (or on the map) brings up a waypoint title page. If the waypoint has a description it appears below the button area, along with latitude, longitude, and, if recorded, elevation.

Waypoint

Map shows the waypoint on the map screen.

Rename renames the waypoint.

Delete deletes the waypoint.

Heading shows a screen with heading and distance to the waypoint from the current GPS position, as well as the current elevation.

Heading

The heading arrow is relative to the direction of motion. Apple Watch does not have a compass, so heading is determined by successive GPS locations. This works best when moving in a straight line.

To measure the distance from a map location other than the current GPS position, move the map cursor to the point to measure from and then call up the Heading screen. "Elev" at the top of the screen is replaced with "Measuring" and the arrow turns blue, showing an absolute compass bearing to the waypoint. The distance displayed is from the scrolled map position to the waypoint.

Settings

Settings

GPS Power

GPS power has three settings: Off, Battery Saver, and On.

When GPS is Off, no position updates occur. This is useful when scrolling the map to avoid automatic redisplay of current position whenever wrist up occurs, or to save battery when in an area with no GPS coverage, such as a cave, deep canyon, or densely forested north slope.

With Battery Saver the GPS is powered on from wrist up until shortly after a stable GPS reading is received. While this saves battery power, the GPS needs several seconds to stabilize after being turned on, so the initial GPS readings may be jumpy.

When GPS is On WristRoute continues to track position and course in the background. GPS power remains on for 4 hours after the last wrist up. This setting is recommended when recording tracks.

The On setting uses the most battery power. In airplane mode a 42mm Series 3 Apple Watch can run for about 6 hours on this setting, and a 44mm Series 4 Apple Watch can run for about 10 hours.

Cache

WristRoute downloads maps from the internet as they are needed and stores them permanently in an internal cache.

Press firmly to display the Cache Menu. The firm press is to avoid accidental erasure.

Cache Menu

Cache Menu

Clear Cache clears all map data from cache.

Cache Screen displays map screen and begins caching all map detail levels covered by the visible map extent.

Cache Loading

Percent loaded is displayed at upper left, above a thumbnail of the map image being loaded.

The cache operation can be canceled by pressing the menu button.

Settings, Continued

Settings

Overlay
enables display of waypoints and track names on the map.

Map
selects the current map display.

No map turns off the map, which saves battery and makes the display more readable in bright sunlight.

US Topo is the default map for the Continental USA.

Esri Street is a world street map used outside of the Continental USA.

USGS 24K displays USGS Historical Topographic 1:24,000 scale maps. Although older, these hand drawn maps are often more readable when contours become complex. The first time these maps are accessed there can be a longer delay than with the other maps.

GPS Status

The GPS Status screen lists the raw status of the GPS. A course of -1 indicates an unknown heading, otherwise it is degrees from North. Timestamp is seconds since starting the GPS Status screen; a negative value indicates loss of GPS signal.

GPS Status

Usage Notes

To save a track do the following:

- Settings... GPS... On
- Trip... Reset at start of track
- Route/Track... New... at end of track
- Settings.. GPS... Off or Battery Saver when done.

Before a trip develop a GPX route or find a track that you will be following. Add significant waypoints Load the GPX to your iCloud Drive, then use the WristRoute iPhone app to transfer the file to WristRoute Apple Watch app. Use Route/Track... Cache to cache maps for the route at the detail levels you need. Use Settings... Cache... Cache screen to cache larger areas where you might need maps.

For overnight hiking trips bring a battery pack to recharge watch. Turn off Settings... GPS when not tracking. Set watch & iPhone to airplane mode except when doing iPhone file transfers.

About

WristRoute 1.03

Copyright 2018 Eastridge Technology

Email info@e-t.com for support

Topographic maps courtesy of USGS.

Esri World Street Map Sources: Esri, HERE, Garmin, USGS, Intermap, INCREMENT P, NRCan, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), Esri Korea, Esri (Thailand), NGCC, © OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community.

Thank you for using WristRoute.