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Old 05-20-2010, 06:42 AM   #1
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I'm just learning how to use my Garmin Etrex Legend, hand-held GPS, for geocaching. I'd like to hear what other FGRV folks are doing in that line.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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I'm just learning how to use my Garmin Etrex Legend, hand-held GPS, for geocaching. I'd like to hear what other FGRV folks are doing in that line.
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I had to look at http://www.geocaching.com/ to find out what geocaching is. Interesting hobby.

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Been Geocaching for about six years now and it is definitely a good reason to go out and take a walk..... Your GPS will work very well for that sport. When on their site sign in for the free version enter your zip code click on profile then click on map it ..... you'll be really surprised how many are right around where you live.
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Been Geocaching for about six years now and it is definitely a good reason to go out and take a walk..... Your GPS will work very well for that sport. When on their site sign in for the free version enter your zip code click on profile then click on map it ..... you'll be really surprised how many are right around where you live.
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Hi Joe - whose site are you referring to?
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Good Morning,

I've heard of it but haven't tried it yet. What is a good GPS unit
to buy for this? I've heard that it should have lat as well as long.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:19 AM   #6
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I've heard of it but haven't tried it yet. What is a good GPS unit
to buy for this? I've heard that it should have lat as well as long.
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Hi - I'm using the Garmin Etrex Legend. Long and Lat is REQUIRED for geocaching, as that's how people tell us where something is located, and how we tell others where we've hidden something. A website I've found helpful for getting started is the one mentioned earlier - www.geocaching.com.
As well as giving a general overview, it also provides the entries of caches, including level of difficulty, and terrain, for more than 1 million caches. That is all dependent on how many of us take this on, and enter the data into the internet.
I've just started, and it's fun. Have looked in my own neighbourhood for several, and it's amazing what I see when I'm looking with new eyes.
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I'm referring to the same site that Brian has posted as this site applies to all of the united states, canada and for that matter the whole world......On the main page no other site is needed for this sport. They even have a great forum for asking questions which i go on often and can be accesed from the main geocaching site
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I've heard of it but haven't tried it yet. What is a good GPS unit
to buy for this? I've heard that it should have lat as well as long.
Thanks, Marina
Latitude, Longitude is definately needed and there are many great ones the garmin etrex legend is a good one.... I have a Garmin Vista Hcx but i really like the Garmin 60 Csx which i think is a little better than the vista ......there are many more paperless ones that cost more but the three i mentioned are well proven and can't go wrong with any of them.... they don't come with much of a map and you really don't need them but free ones can be found online...... battery on the vista and the 60 model is extremely good (about 22 hours) not sure about the legend but i think it's just as good..... I also like to have a SD slot on the gps for entering large maps if i want to..... Oh by the way you don't have to enter the co-ordinates manually as the site will let you load them directly into your machine...... i even geocache with an iphone to show me the terrain while walking but the handhelds are better for almost pinpoint accuracy
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Hubby gave me a GPS for Mother's Day. I've borrowed one before and was ambivalent about getting one. But when I opened the gift I cried. Hubby got a bulls eye for getting me something I wanted, but would NEVER get for myself. I've downloaded the local geocaching sites for starters and will explore when my daughter gets out of school for the summer. I'm quite sure we'll be do it on camping trips too.

I've always liked hiking peaks and looking for the container holding the paper to sign that I'd been there. Was there a name for that before GPSs?

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I don't know much about this but I checked the website and there is on within feet of my door and a dozen within a few blocks. looks like a history buff is setting a few as they write the history of the building, thanks for the intro.
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I don't know much about this but I checked the website and there is on within feet of my door and a dozen within a few blocks. looks like a history buff is setting a few as they write the history of the building, thanks for the intro.
It's a great hobby to get out and walk.... You will find cache's everywhere you go. Have Fun
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We have the Garmin 60 CSX and have really used it a lot (just for geocaching). That one was our pick because I wanted the compass and altimeter. Neither of those is necessary, I prefer using my old compass, it doesn't need to be recalculated every time I step out of the car!

Before we bought our Garmin we used inexpensive ones that were donated to the MN State Park system (I think it was from a big box electronic store). Our State Parks have a challenge. Each park has an official cache and when one gets done with all of them they get some reward. Only some of the parks had units for use.

It was nice to be introduced via the park system. It helped us decide we wanted to join the game.

We have also transported some travel bugs. We like to watch the progress, but we must not be finding good places to leave our friends. When we go to check on them they are still in the same place we left them. One had a very long history traveling all over the US. We left him in OK and he is still there. The last guy we left in Omaha, NE and he hasn't moved yet either. Kind of like leaving a friend neglected.

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Hi - what's a travel bug??
And, I expect to be in Roseau this summer - are you near there?
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We have the Garmin 60 CSX and have really used it a lot (just for geocaching). That one was our pick because I wanted the compass and altimeter. Neither of those is necessary, I prefer using my old compass, it doesn't need to be recalculated every time I step out of the car!

Before we bought our Garmin we used inexpensive ones that were donated to the MN State Park system (I think it was from a big box electronic store). Our State Parks have a challenge. Each park has an official cache and when one gets done with all of them they get some reward. Only some of the parks had units for use.

It was nice to be introduced via the park system. It helped us decide we wanted to join the game.

We have also transported some travel bugs. We like to watch the progress, but we must not be finding good places to leave our friends. When we go to check on them they are still in the same place we left them. One had a very long history traveling all over the US. We left him in OK and he is still there. The last guy we left in Omaha, NE and he hasn't moved yet either. Kind of like leaving a friend neglected.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:11 AM   #14
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Been geocaching for a couple of years now.

It is an excellent hobby / obsession that goes along very well with camping.

When it's too cold to camp, I cache. The lack of leaves / bugs and people out during said time make it easier to find caches.
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