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  1. As you know the most important thing is to stay dry. For years I wore base layer under Hind winter cycling tights, with gaiters. This year I tried Sporthill symmetry pants. The best $60.00 I ever spent. I got them at L.L.Bean. I have tried other snowshoeing pants and found them too heavy. If it is too warm i just ware microfiber boxers under them. If you are snowshoeing and plain on wearing fleece. have a day pack to carry it in when you over heat.

    Thanks. The Sporthills look like a winner. It sounds like no middle layer is really necessary. It also sounds like no gaiters necessary?


    BTW, I just found the Sporthill Symmetry at Sierra Trading Post for $34.95. Thanks again for the tip.

  2. What would be the best GPS-enabled PDA for running Wherigo?


    I'd like to find a PDA with the GPS capability built-in, rather than an add-on GPS. Keypad/keyboard isn't necessary, but a high-sensitivity GPS receiver chip is a must.


    The MIO P350 seems to get a lot of attention on this forum. Is it suitable for use in the US, assuming one gets a Pocket PC-compatable map set?



  3. I haven't done a whole lot of cold weather hiking, seeing as how I live in Chicago. But I'm moving to Southern California, so it looks like there will be ample opportunity to get out for some snowshoing and winter hiking up in the San Bernadinos.


    So, here is my question: What are good middle layer and outer layer pants for winter hiking, assuming that I'm wearing a polyprope base layer? I am figuring on a fleece and shell as mid and outer layer jacket.

  4. It depends on what type of maps you buy. City maps (the ones used to get driving directions) typically have unlock codes. However, topo maps (trail maps with topography) do not generally have unlock codes. So, if you are trying to download a map with 'Topo' in its name, you won't find an unlock code, because there isn't one.

  5. The answer depends on how you want to geocache. I started with a Garmin (which I still use!), so I use Garmin's MapSource program to download data to my GPSr. If you don't have that, start with EasyGPS. It's free and gets the job done.



    Do you print cache descriptions, or do you want to carry them on a PDA? Cachemate does a great job getting descriptions, logs, and hints to a PDA.



    Some people like to carry a local copy of the GC.com database for their local area on a laptop, as an alternative to PDA caching. GSAK does a great job of maintaining that local database, although its user interface is kinda klunky.



    I recommend some form of paperless caching, either with a PDA, or with a laptop. We use both. I load descriptions of all caches in the area where we are going to be caching into GSAK on my laptop, and we take that with us in the car. When we get to a site, we generally download coordinates to our GPSr and read the description from GSAK. If we have to hike to a site, then we download from GSAK to the PDA and head off. It works very well.

  6. IMHO, the rating would depend on the context of the hide. If the fence is the only thing in sight, a 1.0 might be appropriate. After all, where else could it be? But what about a target-rich environment, like a fence on the edge of a woods with all knids of rocks strewn about? I actually came across a hide just like this. I'd give it a 3.

  7. What you are describing is what is often referred to as the 'drunken bee dance', for obvious reasons. Consumer GPSr's have a maximum accuracy of about twenty feet (six metres). Once you get within that distance of a geographic point, the GPSr will go crazy, because you have gotten as close as the unit can accurately represent.



    A lot of people will get within twenty feet or so, and then start walking a circle around the apparent target point. The center of the circle will give you an indication to within a couple of feet of where your GPSr has the point.



    Remember that the GPSr of the person who placed the unit may be twenty feet off in one direction, and your may be twenty feet off in another direction. So, you could have as much as a forty-foot discrepency between the placer's ground zero and yours. Many placers will use waypoint averaging when they place a cache to reduce this error..

  8. The FAQ should get you going. Keep in mind that most Garmins will connect to your PC, so that you can download coordinates, instead of entering them manually. FAQs cover downloading coordinates from GC.com so that you can transfer them to your PC

  9. www.bigagnes.com


    Wins the prize. A little goofy looking, but I've never slept better than in my Big Agnes bag. The only thing I'd change is the rating-I'd go for 15 instead of 0 and save some weight. My hubby's is rated to 15 and is small, light, generally super packable.


    Anyhow, the general idea behind Big Agnes is that they have nothing but nylon on the bottom of the bag; you buy an inflatable mattress that's a bit of a pain to blow up, but it fits in the bag so you have a great surface to sleep on and you're not squishing all the down or whatever when you're sleeping. You can't roll off the pad either. I never used to be able to sleep a whole night through in a sleeping bag, and in this thing I don't do anything but.

    I'll second the vote for Big Agnes. We have a couple of bags we use for car camping, and we love them.
  10. New to the game and live in a big city.


    Does anyone have any input on the better unit Garmin 60csx or the DeLorme Earthmate PN-20?


    Is there something better?

    Do I need more than just the base maps


    It's a matter of opinion, but I would recommend the Garmin. That's the most popular unit on GC.com, so you will probably find it easier to get help with it.


    As to maps--it depends on what sort of caches you want to hunt. Strictly speaking, you don't need topos, but I find them helpful when hunting caches along trails. And if you are a hiker, topos on a GPS make life way easier than paper topos and a compass.

  11. I got an answer at A href="n"tp://microsoft.public.dotnet.xml">nntp://microsoft.public.dotnet.xml. The short answer is that namespace declarations aren't done explicitly. Instead, they are set by calling the SetAttribute() overload that takes a prefix and a namespace URI.


    Here is the code to create the root node:


    const string gpx = "http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1",

    xsi = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance";

    XmlDocument xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();

    XmlElement root = xmlDoc.CreateElement("gpx", gpx);

    root.SetAttribute("version", "1.1");

    root.SetAttribute("creator", "ExpertGPS 2.4.2");

    XmlAttribute schemaLocation = xmlDoc.CreateAttribute("xsi", "schemaLocation", xsi);

    schemaLocation.Value =











  12. 60 CSx is not long in the tooth, by any stretch of the imagination. The 'H' series eTrex models have just caught up to it. I would be comfortable with the performance of a Vista HCx, although my personal preference is for the 60 CSx.


    I haven't seen anything that suggests the 60 CSx is about to be replaced anytime soon. The handlheld product line seems pretty stable at this point--76 CSx for handheld marine use, 60 CSx for hikers, and the eTrex line as the general consumer line, topped off by the Vista HCx, which is pretty much the performance equivalent of the 60 CSx and the 76 CSx.

  13. I am writing some code in .NET to create a GPX file, and I need a little bit of help coding the document node of a GPX file. I am using the XmlDocument class and its related classes. I'm having trouble declaring the 'xmlns:xsi' and 'xsi:schemaLocation' attributes of the document (<gpx>) node. I can declare the XSI namespace, using the XmlDocument.CreateAttribute() method, but .NET ignores the prefix in the 'xsi:schemaLocation' attribute. All that gets written is 'schemaLocation', which causes the document to be invalid.


    Does anyone have a snippet that shows how to code a GPX document node in either VB.NET or C#? Thanks for your help!


    David Veeneman

    Foresight Systems

    a/k/a 'imajeep'

  14. Just discovered the new version of DNR Garmin (download it free from http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mis/gis/tools/a.../DNRGarmin.html ) will take a shapefile (you can get "Arc View shape file" for the A.T. from http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.jkL...d_Agreement.htm ) and save it as a Google Earth .kml file with no Garmin GPSr required.


    There is a trick needed, and that is to "set projection" in the DNR Garmin program to what the projection is of the shapefile (in the case of the A.T. shapefile, it is Decimal Degrees, NAD27) before reading the shapefile into the DNR Garmin program and then saving the file as a .kml.


    But as these programs go, that's a pretty easy configuration.


    Hey, thanks! That is very cool, indeed!

  15. Is there any way to limit the sections that show up in a 'show new posts' command on this forum? For example, I'm not personally into geocoins, so I would just as soon exclude that section when I click the 'Show new posts' link. Is there any way to do that? Thanks.

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