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Old 03-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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any geocache lovers here?

We love to geocache but have always borrowed GPS and went with friends. Next month we are going on a mini vacation (free lodging and free amusement park tickets of course lol) we want to geocache out where we are staying and need to know a good GPS to use and where to find cheap with updated maps etc.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: any geocache lovers here?

We love caching too and always make a point of caching wherever we travel

In Hawaii we found a "sausage" tree and a beautiful viewpoint to see the another island, and some awesome statues and places of local interest that we never would have found otherwise. We've also found some neat places here that we didn't know existed like a hidden waterfall, and a water garden.

Before getting our own GPS we just researched it ahead of time with google maps/aerial. Currently we just use my phone since it has GPS and an app for it. A while ago we did have a garmin GPS that was kinda spendy with all the maps and everything but honestly it was a pain. I think it was around $300 total, but it was just hard to use, hard to remember to bring with us and not really useful for anything else for us. I recently purged it and sold it for $100 on craigslist since it hadn't been touched in several years. Whatever you do, get one with an internal compass. Our first was a cheapie (a garmin vista maybe?), and you had to be walking for at least 50 feet before it could really tell where you were. So walking up a trail to a cache it was fine but as soon as you got anywhere near it it was useless and couldn't tell where you were. The newer one (garmin etrex??) had an internal compass so when you stand there it points where you need to go.
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Re: any geocache lovers here?

We currently use the Magellen eXplorist. It has that internal compass the pp mentioned, and we found it was accurate up to 3 ft in more places. It is actually designed specifically for geocaching. I couldn't remember what I paid so I looked it up and the MSRP is 150$
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Re: any geocache lovers here?

Do you have a smart phone? That's what we use. We have a old GPS still works for geocaching but it doesn't update very quickly...so most the time we just end up with the phone.
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Re: any geocache lovers here?

We bought one for the kids two Christmas's ago with $ from Grandma...and still haven't used it. BUT when dh buys stuff he researches it to death. We spent as little as possible while trying to get the most we could get. I'll check the brand and get back to you.
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We bought one for the kids two Christmas's ago with $ from Grandma...and still haven't used it. BUT when dh buys stuff he researches it to death. We spent as little as possible while trying to get the most we could get. I'll check the brand and get back to you.
If you want to sell let me know.
No smart phone here, . I don't even have a cell and dh only had cheap straight talk. The reason why our vacation is cheap and looking for free things to do lol!
Thanks for info on compass and good brand!
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We use a garmin. We bought it a coue years ago for around $120. It's nothing fancy but gets the job done. If have to double check the model, but it's a little yellow one.

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Re: any geocache lovers here?

I don't know what you're looking to spend, but we have the Magellan Explorist, which I think was about $120. Before that, DH just used his phone to look up the coordinates on google maps. Then he could kind of tell where to find it based on landmarks (trees, waterlines, etc.). Could you look at google maps from a computer before you head out?
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