Hiking/camping GPS - might do a little geocaching too.

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  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I'm starting to ramp up doing more hiking and camping like I did back in the late 90s, and was thinking about picking up a handheld GPS for fun. Anybody have experience with them, or recommendations?

    This guy is what I'm leaning towards right now. It's got everything that the top-of-the-line model has minus an altimeter. And given the terrain around here I don't think elevation data is worth an extra 50 bucks:

    Garmin eTrex Legend HCx

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  2. Daveyiv2k1

    Daveyiv2k1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a garmin GPSMap 60Cx which I love. I'd definitely recommend one of the garmins.
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    So the unit you have just has the base maps, you didn't add anything? I've got a hacked version of the Garmin 2010 maps anyway, just curious how you use yours.
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    I actually added the full map set to mine, the road navigation ones not the terrain ones. I've used it for road navigation with it a couple times but it's great for geocaching and like you said hiking and stuff. I like it for keeping track of paths taken and distances and stuff, its neat to export it to google earth and stuff.
  5. Do you have an android phone? If so, install OruxMaps and then cache USGS maps(over wifi) of the area you plan to hike. Full terrain maps in awesome detail, and it's basically free. I'm using it on my old phone and slapping it on my dirtbike.

    I just saved you $200. Now buy me a sandwich, bitch.
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    Doh! My HCx arrived via FedEx this morning... :)

    But yeah, loading the City Navigator North American 2010 maps right now. The "base" maps on the unit as shipped are very, very basic indeed.

    So now I just need to see if there's some sort of place online that has upload-able trail maps. Preferably free, but I'd be willing to pay a nominal fee if the maps for my region are thorough.
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    Well so far this thing is great. I'm able to accurately map everywhere we've been, distance traveled, local points of interests, and of course we always know exactly where we are. Now did I really need it? Not really. :)
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    Ive taken a few different GPS units with me on hikes but the only time I have ever used them was to find geo caches. More often than not I hike them up the mountain and back down with out turning them on. I go for a less is more aproach now with all my gear.
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    Yeah, the only thing it's really practical for beyond geocaching is as a fail safe. We can hike and follow the trail markers, but for unmarked or poorly marked trails we can press on with confidence. We camped at John Bryon State Park last night and that was the case, the trails weren't well marked.
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    Found our first geocache! Heat index was 100f though, sweated our balls off...