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  1. Yup, that's the way you do it--I'm not sure why it's not working. I use MapSource rather than the Waypoint Manager, but I understant that it's basically the same software. Try this, if it's not what you are already doing: Load the waypoints, select the route tool, then click on each of the way points in turn, rather than selecting waypoints then selecting "Create a Route". Hopefully, that will solve the problem.
  2. Well, since I answered the question earlier, let me toss in my two cents. Best suggestion I have seen here was the one about joining the university hiking or outdoors club, if you've got one. If not, go to the local REI, or some other outdoor store, and find out what hiking or skiing clubs are in the area. Or, if you are a pathfinder, organize a geocaching club at school! That way, you'd know everybody!
  3. Hi Starbrand, thanks for stopping by. It is an .xml file and the entire file name is GeocachingNetworkKML The file should have a KML extension. Try renaming it 'GeocachingNetwork.kml' (no quotes) and see if that doesn't work.
  4. I think you need to create a route that connects the waypoints. That's how the 60 knows to go from one to the next.
  5. Thanks, Mike and Mary, for the recommendation! My husband forwarded this thread to me because I love mysteries, and have read several by Stephen Booth. The book you mentioned has just been published here in the US, so we have it on order and look forward to reading it.
  6. We did a mystery cache recently (Trip Down History Lane) where the owner based the puzzle on local historical landmarks within easy driving distance. It was a lot of fun.
  7. Keep the purchase price below $200. so long as you by from an eBay 'confirmed' seller, you get fraud protection in that amount. The selling page will tell you if eBay fraud protection is available for the item.
  8. I like a good micro. Of the finds that my wife and I have, over half have been micros. But the owners picked interesting locations, wrote great descriptions, and came up with really clever hides. A micro lends itself to a clever hide in ways that a Lock N Lock simply can't. However, I can understand why veteran cachers disdain the 999th micro-on-a-stop sign at some meaningless intersection. But I don't think banning micros would be the way to go. The 999th ammo-box-in-the-woods can be just as lame, if the owner doesn't put thought and effort into the location and the description. Even at this early point in our geocaching career, we're getting picky about the caches we look for, and it's mainly based on the quality of the owner's description. Teach us some history, take us to a pretty spot we haven't seen before, and we'll gladly live with mud and bugs. Or a micro-on-a-stop-sign. Otherwise, we'll pass. At the risk of fanning another fire, we'd rather see a quality rating, despite the obvious problems. Something like this could work: Don't do a 1-5 rating system. Instead, make it an award, granted when a certain number of finders votes for an award in their log reports. 'Silver' cache for above-average caches, 'Gold' cache for the exceptional. No vote for anything else. Don't show the vote (or lack of a vote) in the log report. If you want to avoid every cache in the world being rated above-average (like the children of Lake Wobegone), limit the number of silver votes in any thirty-day period to no more than one-half the number of finds during the same period. Limit the number of gold votes to one-tenth the number of finds. With an award system, no owner has their cache being voted 'lame cache of the week'. But the ones that users really like stand out. It would make it better for people like us, who enjoy the game but aren't in it for the numbers. End of sermon. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming.
  9. I think I saw a couple in the McDowells that looked interesting. I've got a buddy who lives over that way.
  10. My wife is not quite as into it as I am, but she's better at it. Her first find was a micro I had spent three days trying to find. She walked right up to it! I'm a very lucky guy. We both share a love of math and hiking.
  11. Watch eBay and ask sellers for serial numbers. You might get lucky, but it would take luck. Sorry for your loss.
  12. You might. The Venture doesn't have a high-sensitivity receiver, so you can expect problems getting fixes under tree canopy or in canyons. The Legend HCx has Garmins new chipset that is supposed to be as good as the 60 Csx. If you use the unit for hiking, and if you like to record tracklogs, then you may regret any of the eTrex models. They are designed to be used while held horizontally, which means they will not record a very good track while hanging from a belt. The 60 Csx does a great job of that. So, if you are planning on geocaching only, the Legend HCx would be very good, and I suspect you would have no regrets. If you are a hiker, go with the 60 Csx. It's the best model hor hiking, hands down.
  13. I suspect this question has been asked many times before, so I'll apologize in advance. I did run a search and checked the Help page, but I couldn't find my answer. Hence, this request: How do I upload a picture with a post on this forum? Thanks.
  14. You might be able to do it with one of the Garmin Street Map programs, but not with the topos. They don't auto-route. You would have to manually plot a route.
  15. I don't mean to pour cold water (so to speak) on your adventure, but if you haven't hiked the Arizona desert before, don't underestimate it. Take at least twice as much water as you think you will need--as much as you can carry. Dehydration happens fast out there, and it can sneak up on you. I've seen people go out without a full appreciation of the harshness of the environment and get into trouble before they realized it. End of sermon.
  16. If you have a radio scanner, you can easily access that recording, known as ATIS, to get your current altimeter setting. The ATIS where I live is on 118.6 MHz. Most of the weather sites post barometric pressure data, too.
  17. You might actually get a bit better reception, depending on where you are located. WAAs satellites are low on the horisin, and in the northern, we often have difficulty getting good WAAS signals. If you I am on top of a mountain, I get better WAAS coverage. Last weekend, on top of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia, it was awesome!
  18. By default, tracking is always on. You can go to the Tracks pages and turn it off, then turn it on only when you want to record a track.
  19. Whichever eTrex you do get, you may want to wait a month for the new "H" units, which are already being shown on the Garmin web site. They are using a new high-sensitivity chipset that should dramatically improve their reception in woods and canyons.
  20. Good point. I live in Chicago, which is basically a cornfield. So my reaction would be "What contours?" And it's more than half the geeky fun of owning a GPS, at least for me. I posted a question yesterday on how to change the measurement units on my GPS when projecting a waypoint, to eliminate the 26.4-foot maximum error involved in rounding to the nearest hundredth of a mile! Any normal person would think I was nuts! But not here, which is one of the reasons I like it.
  21. Got it--thanks! For the benefit of anyone else reading this thread who is as instructionally challenged as I am , here are the steps: (1) Go to the 'Project a Waypoint' data input page. The distance units field will be highlighted when the page opens. (2) Use the keypad to tab right, so that 'mi' is highlighted. (3) Hit enter. A picklist will pop up with the measurement units available. Use the keypad to select the one you want to use, and hit the Enter key. The measurement units defaults to 'mi', and I haven't found any way to change the default to one of the other options. Maybe someone else knows how to do that (if it can be done)?
  22. I did an offset cache this afternoon, using my Garmin 60 Csx. When I project a waypoint, the data input page for the projected waypoint allows distance as "0000.00 mi". So, I calculate the fraction of a mile that the given number of feet represents, then round that to the nearest hundredth of a mile (the limit of the precision using fractional miles). Can the Garmin 60 Csx be set to allow projection distances to be entered in feet, rather than miles/fractional miles? The rounding can introduce an error of 26.4 feet into a projection, and I'd like to eliminate that error if I could. Thanks.
  23. Yeah, I discovered that later about Google Earth. Far less accurate that I initially thought. The suggestion about the survey benchmark is a good one. I passed someone with a big honkin' commercial GPS unit doing some surveying today. I almost stopped and asked if I could compare my reading to the reading on the commercial unit. Then I decided that would be about the geekiest thing I had ever done in my life!
  24. Cool! I'm just learning about Lock N Locks. Which Wal-Mart department would they be in, and what is their formal name? Thanks
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