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Old 07-13-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Question GPS for Geocaching help

I'm really old school and grew up using maps and compasses, even on my boat. So I really have no clue as to what to look for in a GPS to be used for Geocaching and don't want to spend allot of money on something and then find out that it's not what I needed. So I was hoping y'all would be kind enough to point me in the right direction any info or suggestions will be greatly appreciated, Thanks

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Old 07-14-2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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Just to get an idea, Where are you caching at? and how long have you been caching?
If you have a touch screen phone with google maps on it, it may be sufficient enough. There is always an app for just about anything anymore.

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Old 07-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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I have yet to start caching but would like to go out west and some in the mountains, anywhere really. I have an iPhone but I'm kinda Technologically challenged sometimes
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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I'd recommend that you get a decent hand held GPS instead of trying to cache with a smart phone, unless of course your cell phone will provide GPS coordinates when out of cell range. If you are caching in the SW deserts, or mountainous areas, you will need a GPS that works when the cell tower is out of range.

If you get into caching much, you may want a GPS that you can download info into. Make sure your GPS shows coordinates rather than a map of where you should be. To find geocaches, you are gonna need to be extremely accurate.

My wife and I have been using the same old antique Garmin GPS12 XL which was one of the first "modern" GPS receivers. By todays standard, it's heavy, doesn't work as well as some of the new models, requires a serial bus to interface with a PC, eats batteries usually by lunch, but it has never let us down either as long as we carry spare batteries.

Though I haven't looked, I'm certain all the new GPS units are USB capable for up and downloading information. When you are shopping for GPS units, see how difficult it is to input new waypoints/destinations manually. How many will it store?

KISS - Keep is as simple as possible and you will enjoy your GPS and geocaching.

BTW - The SW desert was training ground for George Patton's WWII troops. There are lots of remote desert geocaches that are located near training areas that you still see where the camps were set up. One spot we found in the middle of nowhere was an area where troops spelled out in giant letters visible from the air "QUARTZSITE 11 MI" with an arrow pointing to the town of Quartzsite, AZ, There is also a compass rose laid out on the ground for lost pilots to get their bearings at the same site...

I wish it showed up better, but from Google Earth...

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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We used a Garmin Oregon 550T. It works well. If we go on a trip and without planing we use a smart phone. That it the pro from using a phone, you can just look them up and find them. The con part is if you don't have signal.

The GPS work very well, but you have to know where you are going and download them before your trip. That can be a pain to do too.

If I was you, I will download the app to my phone and see how it goes. You cal always get a GPS later.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:52 AM   #6
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I simply use the the free geocaching website iPhone app, only shows the three closest to your location but that's all I need. I research where I'm going ahead of time on the interactive map that shows every cache worldwide.

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