From Ticket: 24954
It would be very helpful to me if BCN could record and plot a track point for every position fix it gets from my GPS chip, even when I'm not moving, or at least every second, regardless of how far I have (or have not) moved since the last fix.
My current settings are 1 sec and 5 m, both are the minimum values currently available in the app, and the 5 m just doesn't give me what I want in some scenarios. It would be great if I could choose (even if the app warns me that it's discouraged) 0 m for the minimum distance option.
I know there are good reasons for not recording absolutely every point in a track, and that the 5 m setting is probably ideal for a majority of users.
END of request
BEGIN long-winded justification for request. ;-P
I often use BCN for real-time navigation in the dark + white-out conditions, or to do rough survey's of new trails or POIs in a given area. In these scenarios, having points recorded, even when not moving is helpful. An example of the conditions I navigate in would be picking out an existing trail under deep snow at 5 am while experiencing heavy snow fall and winds at 5 am in the dark. This is exactly what I found myself doing -- again -- this morning.
One of the reasons I do this is to use showshoes to track out an existing single-track running/biking trail, to make it easier to run and bike on once the snow stops falling. This is in an area where we get significant snow, but it can melt and be gone within 1-2 weeks, repeatedly throughout the winter. I want to avoid making a trail that just goes cross-country or even slightly off course, because once the snow starts to melt, trail users start to "burn in" new trails where the snow track is, rather than moving back to the actual trail as it becomes visible. I want to avoid "encouraging" damage to off-trail areas.
Obviously the onboard GPS chip in my phone that BCN relies on is not sufficiently accurate to rely on alone for this, and I do my best use subtle clues on the ground to guide me, even slight shadows from moonlight, or an area with fewer stalks of grass above the snow than the surrounding area, etc. However, sometimes I just need to know how close I am to a turn in the trail to help me know where too look for the subtle clues, and in this case, 5 meters actually makes a huge difference. (I know that at best consumer-grade gps is only accurate to about 10 ft, but I also look at the prior 30 sec of my track to see if it's tracking above/below, ahead/behind the virtual trail in my trip DB (drawn out ahead of time on satellite imagery) that I'm navigating against.
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