Italian
Modifying a GPS track can be useful for many reasons: merging routes found on the web to define an itinerary you want to travel, creating and viewing an altimetry of a specific route, reversing the direction of travel, splitting a trip by bike in more multiple stages, creating points of interest or even creating a track from scratch... well, the management possibilities of GPS files (whether GPX, KML or any other useful format) is, nowadays, wide and varied. Often though during my researches on the web I find it hard to find a complete overview of free programs to modify the GPS tracks therefore hereafter I grouped some programs that I recommend based on my experience.
I am recently endowed with a smartphone (thank you, Santa!) and between the first applications I tried there are the outdoor apps. In this article I will make an overview of the first impression about some of them (they all are rigorously free), positive and negative. I am not an expert, as you have guessed, but I own a GPS device for many years and I was curious to discover whether and how it could be integrated in a mobile telephone to track (or follow) paths. Then this is my judgment at present:
With this short article I will try to explain how you can create  a GPS track, directly on your PC, to upload on your device and then follow it during an excursion in selected locations. This could be especially handy if you have not been able to locate on-line tracks that meet your needs created by other users. In this way, you can draw a custom path, to study short cut or deviations from the main track and assess elevation gain and distances to fit our training. Expect always some unexpected and plan therefore an emergency alternative, especially if the area of interest is located high on the mountains. At the end of the article you will find a video tutorial (unluckly only in Italian) that shows you the steps to follow once you've loaded Google earth.
I'm going to take inspiration from an user's question to briefly explain how to create maps on Google Maps with our GPS tracks and then insert them on the blog. To understand what I am talking about, you can see an example down here or have a look to the section of the MTB itineraries on this website: each itinerary has a Google Maps track displayed above the description.

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