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Phychlone Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
OK so I've just started taking the family (including the four legged fleabag!) on these Geocaching excursions. Mainly as we need to burn off extra calories before pigging out on a Sunday roast and sleeping on the sofa (....Ohhhhhhh HEAVEN!)

Anyway, I've been using my iPhone but the gps chomps through the battery like no ones business to the extent that I only get through about 3 closely located caches before the battery goes from 100% to 10%.

I'm looking for some advice on which are the more accurate and reliable devices from people who can also spot a good deal as well as a well hidden cache.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#2
I have an Extrex Vista HCX. You can download geocache coordinates but mine don't seem to go into the correct folder.

I don't really geocache, have tried it, but I see a few people out and about at it in my walking across the fields etc. and it get s families out the house (until they invent Wii geocaching!).
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BlackCloud
I don't really geocache, have tried it, but I see a few people out and about at it in my walking across the fields etc. and it get s families out the house (until they invent Wii geocaching!).


Give it time.....Don't think it would bee too hard to program either.

BTW I've decided on a juicepack for the 3GS to see if the life is extended sufficiently.
#4
I have a garmin oregon 200, from the oregon series, got it for the paperless geocaching feature there are other garmins that also support this. the oregon 200 holds about 200 geocaches because of its memory, but the garmin dakota 20 will according to garmin hold upto 2000 in its memory, and its cheaper than the oregon both are touch screen devices there is also the garmin colorado series, and the Garmin Gpsmap 60csx. you will also need to decide if you want the higher detailed topographic maps rather than the base maps, I bought mine with just the base map but ended up downloading the topographic just because it was available on vuze. In my opinion dont get one without the paperless caching, its so much easier than printing out the cache details or manually entering co-ordinates. would I buy the 200 again, probably not, I did get a really good deal at the time, about £160, and I had just sold two basic maggelan units for £40 each, but some of the other models store a lot more geocaches and have the ability to share data between similar units wirelessly
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eddie
#5
I use a Garmin Extrex H, but it only likes duracell batteries (it eats up other batteries).

With a lead I can download geocaches direct from the internet (via my laptop) to the Etrex. The best site, in my opinion, is [url]www.geocaching.com[/url]

Whatever GPS unit you use, don't forget to use a map as well, as you can't always walk in the straight line that your GPS wants you to (having a map stops you doing silly things like walking off cliffs!).
#6
cis_groupie
I use a Garmin Extrex H, but it only likes duracell batteries (it eats up other batteries).

With a lead I can download geocaches direct from the internet (via my laptop) to the Etrex. The best site, in my opinion, is [url]www.geocaching.com[/url]

Whatever GPS unit you use, don't forget to use a map as well, as you can't always walk in the straight line that your GPS wants you to (having a map stops you doing silly things like walking off cliffs!).


just looking at a youtube vid,is it the same one ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuASWCZ040M
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The gps units I mentioned earlier, load all the data from the gc page on geocaching.com logs hints etc which you can view whilst out, there is a geocaching dash/profile but I prefer the compass page and have it set to show the accuracy, distance, current location and battery level. I use nimh batteries, and they generally last 12-14 hrs, but I always carry a spare set. the accuracy displayed, is usually 3-4m, but most times it does put me within a metre or so accuracy may not be your problem, it may depend on wether the hider averaged his co-ordinates, or how accurate their gps was
I would agree that for serious trekking a map would be a must, but with most geocaches, you will get a hint on where to park or start from the topo maps on the gps are like having full uk os maps loaded, and zooming in, you see all the contour lines etc which was quite handy when I had to manouver some drianage channels to get to a cache
You could search you tube for the units I mentioned earlier to see what ther like or if on geocaching,com, try to see who is active in your area, and see what the're using, I'm sure if you contacted them they would only be to happy to meet up for an excursion, and see how their units work
#8
thanks for the info Eddie :thumbsup:
#9
richp
just looking at a youtube vid,is it the same one ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuASWCZ040M


No, mine is the basic model - no map, no coloured screen. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8705&ra=true

However I have OS maps of the local area & I have digital mapping software on my laptop so I can print off OS maps for any area in the UK that I need to.

Not saying that this is what you should do, but it was the best option for me as I do a lot of walking & also lead walks. Also, for safety, I prefer to have a hard copy of a map - what happens if you lose your GPS unit, or it stops working?

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