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| pphalen ||30 Nov 2010 6:47 a.m. PST|
Any Geocachers out there?
Need some advice at a decent GPS to buy.
Not sure if I want a simple unit, or something that I can use in my Boat and Car, as well.
Any help is appreciated
|CLDISME ||30 Nov 2010 7:52 a.m. PST|
I use handheld Magellans. I bought two older models for $80 USD combined including shipping on eBay. So they can be found cheaply.
If you have a smartphone, check to see if Trimble has the geocaching app for that model. That would save you some money.
I prefer handhelds over the ones designed for auto or marine use because of their durability. They are always getting bumped and dropped at the least opportune moments such as in a mud puddle. I would hate to see what mud and water would do to a polished up in-car model.
But then I am using this out in the woods and wilderness looking for ammo boxes. If you are going to be a "numbers-runner" or a "skirt-chaser" in geocaching parlance then a in-car model will work just fine since you will rarely leave the car for your PNGs, LPCs, or GRCs (once you start finding a bunch of caches you'll understand the acronyms – I'm not going to spoil it for you, yet.)
| Black Cavalier ||30 Nov 2010 7:53 a.m. PST|
Not a Geocacher, but a Letterboxer instead.
Kind of like Geocaching's English grandfather.
|CLDISME ||30 Nov 2010 8:03 a.m. PST|
OOH! Good call, BC. Letterboxing is fun, too. Although I think I have found more Letterboxes by accident than on purpose. It seems Letterboxers and Geocachers have the same mindset on hiding containers.
| pphalen ||30 Nov 2010 8:36 a.m. PST|
I would be leaning towards a waterproof nautical model, but from what I've seen, getting any sort of reliable street mapping capabilities (to find some of the local, "urban" sites) would cost as much as getting two seprate units.
I'll ahve to play around with my car unit to see if I have better options for entering coordinates (versus street addresses) to get me closer.
Any specific Magellen models (or features) to look for in a unit that I would (ultimately) just be using me to point to west?
| Jay Arnold ||30 Nov 2010 9:04 a.m. PST|
I have a Fortrex 101 that was my backup "over there." It provides Lat-Long as well as MGRS. It uses AAAs instead of an internal rechargeable battery. A wrist strap secures the device, although I found the strap to be somewhat short. I kept mine strapped to my kit in an easy-to-see location.
Looks like remanufactured models can be had for as little as $74. USD
|CLDISME ||30 Nov 2010 9:23 a.m. PST|
Go to the Fuddruckers at 3159 Route 46 ( East ) in Parsippany NJ on Monday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. coord.info/GC2246N
That should be close enough to you.
There will be geocaching event held there. You can ask all the questions you want. As a newbie, the Garmin and Magellan factions will probably let you play with their GPSs to try and sway you to "their side." That way you can figure out yourself which functions you need, especially if you are also looking for marine use.
|Dr Mathias ||30 Nov 2010 9:59 a.m. PST|
I use a Garmin. I don't have it with me
I think it is called an eTrex or something.