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Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Shawna C. on Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:35 am

We'd like to start doing this and I am thinking of getting a hand-held GPS for my husband for Christmas..Is this a good one?

http://www.costco.ca/Garmin%C2%AE-GPSMA ... 40722.html
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Aladora on Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:38 am

To be honest, we used to use a hand held GPS but now only use our iPhones to geocache. We paid for the full version of the app and it works really well.
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Shawna C. on Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:34 am

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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby sah on Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:19 am

Which app do you use?
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Aladora on Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:47 am

I use the official Geocaching app and I never really worry about data usage. The only time we have ever gone over our data limit was when DH was in the hospital for a few days and watched netflix on his phone for hours on end! :eek:

is a link to the page where you can download the apps.
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby edcuator on Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:32 pm

We use both a Garmon Oregon 450 and 650. There are advantages to both.

I find that a major problem with using my iPhone is that so often we are outside of reception areas. It restricts where we able able to cache.
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Shawna C. on Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:20 pm

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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby edcuator on Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:03 pm

I checked with my husband and we don't know anyone who is using that GPS.
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby octobermommy on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:27 am

We love to geocache. We mostly do it when we are visiting relatives out of town or day tripping somewhere. Like Aladora, we only use our smartphone. Reception can be a problem if searching in remote areas. Don't have a problem with data but find it drains the battery VERY quickly. If I leave the house with a full charge it'll drain within a couple hours geocaching. One advantage is that we can reference the app for hints and even pics if need be. I find the caches in wooded areas can be really difficult to find! I would think using a hand held GPS would make it a little more challenging. Whichever you choose, it's fun!
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby edcuator on Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:38 pm

We have used the smartphone to check the website maybe 10 times for the almost 2000 caches we have found but usually the GPS has all of the information we need. I find the accuracy of the GPS makes geocaching easier. Most times it will take us right to the cache or within a few metres.
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby WildJon on Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:50 pm

I have a Garmin eTrex20 and I like it. Garmin seems to do a pretty good job. Two things I really like about the one you have listed: waterproof and not a touch screen. I find we're often digging around and getting a dirty trying to find some of the caches, so having a waterproof GPS is nice. Someone else mentioned to me the newer touch screen GPS units often get dirty or scratched again because you often get dirty while you're caching. And $110 off - who doesn't like that!!
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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby tracey6369 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:56 pm

I use my smartphone with the geocaching app. I've been caching for 3 years this way and the biggest drawback to using my phone is that it's a drain on the battery. I bought an extra battery for longer trips but sometimes still isn't enough. Longer trips require a GPS. Pocket Queries are best for places outside reception area and using the offline queries, it's less of a drain on the battery. The app sometimes shows things the gps does not. :P

My caching buddy has a GPS and I'm so glad she does because my phone GPS seems to have a bad habit of putting me somewhere else which makes it more challenging to find them. It usually eventually does but not always. :-k

Happy Caching. ;-)

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Re: Question for Geo-cachers

Postby Shawna C. on Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:44 am

Thanks for all the great advice!
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