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Will
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 1:22 am    Post subject: Hiking and geocaching Reply with quote

Hi all

I'm mainly a PPC GPS user and, as yet, haven't found a really good, reliable, simple bit of software to "help" with my hiking. I'm off to Northumbria at the weekend for a week and probably hike 10 miles a day - some holiday!

Anyway I really think I need a seperate handheld device and would appreciate some advice. Garmin have always looked to be the people to go with, and here's what I want:

* Good battery life
* Rechargeable via AC and car-fag-lighter
* Compass! Where's north, and what's my lat/long?
* Waypoints - I want the ability to press "start," go on my hike and to be able to see on the screen how many miles I am from where I started. After x miles, I'll take a different route back - can any products give me "guidance" in the form of an arrow and how many miles/metres I am away from my destination? This might be basic, but I've ALWAYS wanted this. I'm a photographer, and often stray wildly from the path when I'm on a hike in order to get a shot - it'd be nice to just "follow the arrow" so to speak

That's pretty much it - any device that can do that?

Cheers all

Will
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Dave
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's just for hiking then a Garmin eTrex Visa or for a larger screen GPSMap76S as this has an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter (Vista also has this).

If it's for Street Nav also, you will either have to buy a different system, or go for a Garmin GPSMap60CS which will give you mapping support also and turn-by-turn guidance (just not audible).
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Will
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave. The Vista is a little too expensive for me at the mo - so have ordered a Summit which looks to have everything I need (altimeter, electronic "sans GPS" compass). Can't wait to try it hiking and biking too

(still haven't done my report of CP5 - will do so soon)

Will
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