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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by TRZ Charlie, Apr 6, 2009.
Any of you Arkies do this?
I have talked to biking folks who have done this and they seem to be consumed with it. I can see where it could be fun and a good way to learn your GPS unit. I did sign up to geocashing dot com but havent been on in a while as I dont have a gps to go play with...we need a gps class, who wants to teach?
I would love to start doing the caching thing. Really, I don't know where to begin except that I know I need a hand held unit for it (optimally). So, Ripper...tell us what you know bout it? What equipment is best? do you need to do raw logging so that you can track locations or do you just note the coordinates of the location to find or hide the cache?
I think you just notate the coordinates. Maybe take a pic of the spot the cache is hidden. Or some kind of clue.. Under the big rock.
I always thought that sounded like fun. But so far have not participated.
This is where my "dirt bike" GPS excels. I love my Lowrance Ifinder Pro, it lacks the turn by turn of the modern car oriented GPS's, it runs on two AA batteries, I bought Lithiums for it when I was at Huntsville, and those are the thing. I used it all the way home and the battery stil reads full after 8 hours, where I changed the batteries in it on the way up twice.
Theres a "geocache" game going on on the GPS Tracks forum now. I think one for Arkansas would be cool, that would be more motorcycle oriented. Figure out something small enough and light enough that you could carry several of them with you. Then randomly place them around in your travels.
Like the Schoolhouse we was at, and the water fall I found, etc.
Hey I am up for it Catfish. I have a cheapie Nuvi 200w but I have hacked it plenty and it's doing a lot more than it was designed to do. I got the hacks from gpspassion.com.
Anyway, we should start a caching group and play! It would be a great way to learn new roads, trails scenery and landmarks. And, maybe get some excercise for my fat ass.
just stay out of the black mud with turns going uphill!
Get a Garmin and I'll teach you how to use it. I've gone through 3 and they are all pretty close to the same style.
For the record it was red clay where I ended up! I was trying not to exclude varieties of mud ya know.
I would like to show whoever wants to about Caching. Coming to SLAP, will teach anyone who wants it, and all you can handle. Gonna have a tech-day/Gruber ride/ bonfire move in party at the new house in June. Can do then too.
Anyone wanting more detail info right now, shout. If you live close enough, we can get together.
Basically it is high tech treasure hunting.
Garmin, No other recommendations from me. Magellan sucks, Lorrance, sucks, Venture, Vista, Legend. If you can afford it, spring for the electronic compass. Get a "HCx" HCx is high sensitivity to the GPS satillites,and x is the ability to put a SD card in it for map loading. Particularly the TOPO and street maps. Anybody need these, I got them to loan.
The cache is like buried treasure in really cool place. i.e. There are like five or six up at White Rock in little hiding places.
In the cache are toys, coins, key chains, marbles, just really cool junk to trade with. You take something, you leave some thing.
Read about Travel Bugs and Coils. Those are cool too.
Any questions just ask.
Overall the goal is to log as many finds as possible. But you can make/hide caches for others to find too.
With the DS and Adventure bikes, caching can be awesome fun. I just like doing it with others.
I planned on setting a couple this week in the richland area and posting them on here.
This is WRONG, just as wrong as people sharing the proprietary information in the TAT maps. The mods don't condone piracy. :huh You could get a vaction from adv if they notice it.
BTW, my little Lowrance Ifrinder Pro with an SD card is as good as your garmin for this type of thing, and prolly even better when it comes to logging tracks.
nearly unlimited tracks with 9999 points each. But to each their own and you use what fits your needs.
so tonite I am going into town to get me one of them thar GPS units..looking at the Garmin Legend HCx...what maps do I need to get and should I get a SD card and what size would y'all recommend? am none to smart on this hi-tech compass stuff, but willing to learn
Doc I would suggest at least a 256meg or 512 meg memory card. I don't anything about the GPS so make sure you get the ones that compatible.
You might have to buy Garmins MapSource seperate depending on the model.
All GPS's come with a base map that will have all the highways but not always the local roads and the dirt roads.
Make someone there let you play with it for a bit before purchase and see what the base map looks like.
I would also suggest reading some of:
So you can familiarize yourself with some of the different models. Each typically have strong points and weak point.
Well I gotta get out of here. To go visit Denver. If you have any questions I'll try to help, you got my cell number.
I don't have a hand held like Catfish but I do have a small Garmin Nuvi 200w. I have hacked it some to add raw tracking. This way I can build tracks as I drive them.
If I were to start over I would get hand held for the bike and leave the nuvi for my car but $'s are dicatating that at the time.
I have an sd card on the Nuvi and I use a 2 gb and it's ok. However, 4gb is a lot of information and if you are constantly changing tracks and routes then I would recommend a 4gb so that you don't have to dump memory to load more.
If you have an sd card for your camera that'l work to if you need to buy a little at a time. Mini sd's dont work without the adapter thingy.
This is where YOU ARE WRONG, the licence extends to the computer. Once the info is transfered to another device via the programs function(i.e. the GPS or the sim in it, in map form) the licence is no more.
The TOPO is open and can be loaded to as many GPS units as I GODDAMN want to.
And the SD card maps can be give to WHOEVER THE HELL I want to have them. It no different to give these SD card maps than borrowing a CD from someone to listen too.
Try reading and learn a little be for you start talkin. And wash you feet before you put them your mouth.
And every Garmin etrex comes with the MapSource software, or you can download if for free from the website for used purchases.
Case closed. From Garmins own website. Its a good thing they include the software for use with the GPS "you" bought and you don't own it.
<shrug> Theres right and theres wrong, and if you do something WRONG and no one catches you are you still wrong? YES.
you ain't see nothing yet.
When I get a chance again, we can see if that BMW can swim better than my XTique.