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Old 12-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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GPS help/questions

Im in the market for a new GPS and was wondering what everyone on here uses and what they think of it? does it work well on road as well as off road? does it record trips like this...? 8/27/11 Last Chance Canyon and Nightmare Gulch - Offroading trip | EveryTrail do u like the mounts? hows the battery? is it hand held? have u had any issues with it not working in certian areas?

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I have several off-road / handheld GPS receivers, my current best two being

Garmin 60CSx: http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-...3908656&sr=8-1

Garmin Colorado 400t: Amazon.com: Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with U.S. Topographic Preloaded Maps: GPS & Navigation

Both have been replaced by more current models. If I was going to get a current one, it would be this one:

Garmin 62st (or variation): http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-...3908926&sr=1-2

The helix antenna is tough to beat, and like the others it's waterproof and will do everything you need.

Below is a map that I recorded once on a day trip trough the Ocala National Forest:

Map: Jeep Trip, Ocala Nat'l Forest, 2/26/2011 - Google Maps

I have also recorded kayaking trips by attaching the units to the hull with a carabiner, one example:

Rock Springs Run, Round 3 - Google Maps

I've had various handheld Garmin units since 1998 (GPS II+) and I can't recommend them enough.

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Old 12-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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I purchased a Garmin 60CSx and I really like it, it is a discontinued model but I think there might still be a few out there...the base map is pretty lame so I got a 24K map of Ore,Wa,Ca and Nv and it even shows 2 track trails..the nice thing about that 24k map even though it is only 4 states it will give you a guidance route even on unimproved roads. I bought a suction cup window mount and it has never come loose even on really rough roads, I also picked up a cigerette lighter power cord so that the back light will stay on all the time, in battery mode the back light shuts off after a set amount of time. There are other 24k maps of other states available. Before I had the external power cord the batteries would last a couple of days if I shut it off say at the end of the day and restarted it again the next. I use the mapsource trip down loader and then on the BackPacers web site you can create an account (it's free) that will let you upload your route to there map base and you can view it in several different formats including Google Earth..that is really cool. The unit saves up to 20 tracks and has a back track feature that is nice also. Just Google the unit and see if there are any out there but if you had to get the replacement model (can't rember what it is) they are all nice units..picks up satelites fast and I have never had it loose reception even in some pretty deep canyons, if you want to use it hand held just unplug it and the batteries take over. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:45 PM   #4
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I have several off-road / handheld GPS receivers, my current best two being

Garmin 60CSx: Amazon.com: Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator: GPS & Navigation

Garmin Colorado 400t: Amazon.com: Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with U.S. Topographic Preloaded Maps: GPS & Navigation

Both have been replaced by more current models. If I was going to get a current one, it would be this one:

Garmin 62st (or variation): http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-...3908926&sr=1-2

The helix antenna is tough to beat, and like the others it's waterproof and will do everything you need.

Below is a map that I recorded once on a day trip trough the Ocala National Forest:

Map: Jeep Trip, Ocala Nat'l Forest, 2/26/2011 - Google Maps

I have also recorded kayaking trips by attaching the units to the hull with a carabiner, one example:

Rock Springs Run, Round 3 - Google Maps

I've had various handheld Garmin units since 1998 (GPS II+) and I can't recommend them enough.

awesome! thats the one ive been lookin at. do u use them in ur car for directions at all? and thanks for the info!
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Hope this helps.

UHH ALOT deff like the "dual" purpose of in the car (since i just moved to cali and dont really know my way around.) and hand held since i want to start backpacking and camping more. thanks for the help.
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Which ever model you settle on make sure it has a removable micro sd card, that way if you want multiple maps all you have to do is switch cards...the 100k come already on a card but the 24k being more detailed com on a cd-rom and you have to download it to the card via a cpu
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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how do you get the recordings onto the map? of the link you just posted
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The unit that you have should have come with an installation CD, and on that should be the Mapsource (Garmin’s map program) that you can download your GPS data to. It will save your route with waypoints as a .gdb file that you can look at, to see total mileage, elevation, etc. To get the full benefit of your new data, use the tools that I do. Once the file is open in Mapsource, go to the “file” tab, open it, and click on “save as” and when the dialog box opens, you will see at the bottom, two pull down text boxes. Pick a name for your file, and then under the “save as type” pull down, you should see a selection marked GPS eXchange format, or .gpx extension. Select this, and now you will be able to save your file as a .gpx file. Now that you have it saved like this, you can now use Google Earth, or the “MyTopo” website, or Trimble, to name a few. (they want to see the .gpx file format). Mapsource is a weak program, unless you buy their maps and install them, all you get is a featureless, blank page (no elevation profile) that shows only roads….
The next step is to go to Backpacker.com, and create an account. This is easy, and free! Now, after logging in, you should have a tab under your profile that says “trip reports”, and once that tab is selected, you will see a selection for “create a trip report”. Select this, and you will now see 4 options. You can now load a .GPX file to the site, and it will open it in a Topo map! (there will be a tab in the upper right that says TER for terrain, and a down arrow. Click on the down arrow, and you will see MyTopo, select this, and you will now have the Topo map at your disposal!) At this site, you can add text, pictures, and even video pretty easily, and then save it. Once you have it saved, you can now select it from the first page when you log in, under your “trip reports”. Open it here, and you will now see several selections under your newly created map, one of them being to open it directly into Google Earth! Or, order a MyTopo of your trip!!! This is originally why I used Backpacker’s website, was for the powerful map making tools they had at their site! You can even create your own new map here on this site, to download directly onto your Garmin, as it recognizes .gpx file format, or just load it into Mapsource where you can download it to your Garmin. I used to plug my GPS unit in to the computer, and directly upload the data from the GPS right to the backpacker website, and it would then start the creation process here, instead of having to go through the hoops I just described above…
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:14 PM   #9
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how do you know what maps are good or better. whats the difference between 24k and 100k. do i need 100k preinstalled map if i plan on buying other maps? do i only buy maps from garmin or are there other companys that have maps aswell.
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You have to get one or the other, the base map was not very good, at least on mine, the 100K I got was for the whole U.S. so it would not show all the back roads I needed, the 24K had to be loaded on an micro sd card and was a little of 4GB of info so there was much more detail and allowed for the turn by turn directions off road. For city use the "City Navigator" map might be best but probably not be any good in the back country..check out thr "Garmin Store" to see what all is available.
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its decided Garmin GPSMAP 62st. asked my pops to get it for a christmas/bday present for me. SO STOAKED to get it. thanks for the help guys!!!!
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its decided Garmin GPSMAP 62st. asked my pops to get it for a christmas/bday present for me. SO STOAKED to get it. thanks for the help guys!!!!
You'll love it. I've been thinking about getting one too since the 60CS is several years old now (and I'm a freak about GPS receivers for some reason ), but with a wedding coming up and a new job starting soon, I'm trying to save money.

Soon though, it will happen!
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Get a Garmin.
They are the best by far!
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Garmin 60 cx. Love it...

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