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A route describes the exact path between several points . A route should not be confused with the straight line (distance) between two points.

An example is the route between two cities. All intersections, junctions and the like are taken into account in order to give an exact description of the route that must be taken with a vehicle or on foot to reach the destination.

In mountain sports, the route is the special way to the summit. The development and first ascent of a route are usually rated higher in specialist circles than an ascent on an established route. A route on the direct fall line from the summit is called a direttissima .

In the case of GPS receivers , a route is an ordered list of waypoints that lead from a certain starting point to a destination. If the GPS device has a map that can be routed, the waypoints can be located at large distances; the device then calculates the path between the individual waypoints itself. Otherwise, there must be a waypoint at every location with a change of direction so that a route can be followed. Waypoints on a route can also be referred to as turning points or intermediate destinations. Routes can be saved in a variety of different data formats. The GPX format is widespread .

A GPS route consists of waypoints, some with descriptions of the points. A GPS track , on the other hand, describes a collection of waypoints that were recorded during a trip or hike and that contain time stamps in addition to the coordinates.

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