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Triple Crown

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  1. I have a Bad Elf Pro+ (wireless) which I use along with an iPad when offroading to get the big picture. The GPS signal can be used by most apps. I prefer Galileo, and it allows you to download and keep lots of maps. However, it doesn't offer turn by turn navigation, just location on the map. I use my handheld Oregon to find the caches once I get close.
  2. Yes. With your GPS connected to the computer, on your GC.com profile, select Field Notes, then upload my field notes, then browse files and navigate to your Garmin/Geocache_visits file and your found caches with field notes will be uploaded to GC.com for easy logging. Once you've finished, you can delete the old GPX or GGZ files and load a fresh batch of unfound caches. I would also recommend looking into GSAK, as it is a great tool for doing everything in geocaching.
  3. Change the dashboard on your compass page (lower right corner) from Geocaching to Small Data Fields and then select whatever info you want it to display.
  4. Happy to help. To prevent crashes, run Garmin's WebUpDater to get the latest software for your Oregon, and I recommend using GGZ files instead of GPX for loading caches (GSAK makes this easier with the GarminExport.gsk macro) Also, check out The Oregon Wiki for all the info Garmin should have provided. Cheers!
  5. You cannot create a geocache waypoint. You can however enter next stage coordinates for a multi or puzzle cache (or any cache actually) When navigating to a cache, select the geocaching icon or press the geocaching dashboard to bring up the options page, then select coordinates from the lower left and enter the next stage. This will automatically start navigating to the coords you entered and it will show on your cache list as Next Stage. Continue as needed until you find the final and then log it.
  6. So anyway, getting back on topic. Except for the occasional insulting narcissistic iPhone fanboy troll, I think most cachers prefer to use a dedicated GPSr for planned caching because they're generally more rugged and have longer battery life. Cell phones are great for when you suddenly have a little unexpected free time and you're away from the house. The nice thing about caching is you can play any way that works for you.
  7. My first 800 finds were in the southern Az sonoran desert. My next couple of thousand have been in the rainy PNW mountains. Somehow I seem to do just fine. And I have way, way, WAY more than 6500 saved caches in my iPhone, lol Argument:fail Who pays the data bill in that scenario? If I choose the GPSr, do I receive the money that would have been paid for the iPhone service? That would figure into my decision. You don't use data to cache offline. As far as the bill? I pay that every month, whether I geocache or not. That is a real life, actual, must always pay, bill. Geocaching affects it not one red cent. I also happen to have unlimited data, but if I'm offline caching ....like I said, I don't need it. I've visited relatives in actual civilization (not mountains or deserts) and had no phone service at all. It was kind of a surprise. The only way to know for sure is to visit a phone store in the area you're visiting. The "Map" is useless. So, yeah, going to a new place with a handy-dandy smartphone and discovering it has no signal (mountain or not), might kind of kill a Geocaching trip. Huh. Never had that problem. It takes me a fraction of time to load up my iPhone when going to a new area. Heck, even if I suddenly found myself somewhere new with not one bit of planning...even in another country, i could go to a Starbucks, mcdonalds, or my hotel, download thousands of caches, and begin caching. Instantly Whereas gps people need their special computer that has GSAK loaded up onto it, some cords to connect to the computer, probably some other computer program....blah blah blah. ***Name the place...in under a min I can have thousands of caches loaded up BEFORE you would even get your gps turned on.*** Because people seem to regurgitate non-facts, over and over and over.... let's cover this once and for all YOU DO NOT NEED CELL COVERAGE FOR PHONES TO WORK Do not feed the troll. What a pretentious jackwagon. :-/
  8. It depends on where you like to cache. In the mountains & deserts near me there are lots of places with no cell coverage, so phone caching is not an option. I do like having instant access to live internet, but I really like my Oregon 650. I keep it loaded with all the caches in the county (something like 6500) for spur-of-the-moment caching.
  9. Very interesting. I have an iPad2 wifi+cellular and it is not compatible. (I guess it must not be 3rd generation) Won't even let me download it from the app store. Requirements No soup for you
  10. Since I have an iPad, but not an iPhone, I went to the Apple App Store but I only found Garmin Connect, which shows it works with the GPSMap64, but not with any others, and only to view data, no transferring. Then I found BaseCamp Mobile, which only works with the iPhone, not the iPad. So I guess I'll just have to wait for an Android solution. Ugh.
  11. Wait, what? How is this done? I can connect my Oregon 650 to another Oregon 6XX with BaseCamp Mobile to transfer waypoints, tracks, routes, geocaches, photos and custom maps, but not to a phone AFAIK.
  12. The only one they had was their display and wouldn't budge on price. Also had a discount direct from Garmin and they express shipped (2 days). Now if it would just start warming up here in Nebraska, I would be ready to go. I would also be interested in how other Oregon 6xx owners are loading that plethora of geocaches on their units. I load my 650 using GSAK and always use the GGZ file type. It's supposed to index & sort faster. I normally have about 15,000 caches onboard. I had been using GSAK in the past, looked, didn't see the Oregon 600 series available as an option to send to GPS nor did I see anything about GGZ files through the export option. Does GSAK have to be updated to the new version 8 to get the GGZ file option? I use the GarminExport Macro to send the caches to my 650. You can select either GPX or GGZ.
  13. The only one they had was their display and wouldn't budge on price. Also had a discount direct from Garmin and they express shipped (2 days). Now if it would just start warming up here in Nebraska, I would be ready to go. I would also be interested in how other Oregon 6xx owners are loading that plethora of geocaches on their units. I load my 650 using GSAK and always use the GGZ file type. It's supposed to index & sort faster. I normally have about 15,000 caches onboard.
  14. Great suggestion and that's the first thing I did after playing with it for a bit. I updated it and I believe the current firmware is V3.70. DANGER! 3.70 has been withdrawn by Garmin. (It bricked some units) If you already have 3.70 and it works (like me) stick with it. Otherwise, 3.60 is the current version until they release 3.80 sometime very soon... The Oregon 6XX's do come with a barometric sensor, but I've never had much use for it while caching.
  15. Make sure you have the latest software via WebUpdater (3.60) I have found the accuracy of my Oregon 650 to be excellent, though it does seem to take a few seconds longer than my old 60 Csx to find GZ. In my opinion, the paperless features and the convenience of having unlimited caches stored on the unit and the fast satellite acquisition times more than make up for that. It's a little different, but once you get to use all of the added features, I think you'll like it.
  16. My guess would be that it's the GPX files that are causing the problem. On the older Oregons, you could avoid this by deleting your old GPX files, then disconnecting and re-booting the unit, then re-connecting and adding the new files. It's apparently an indexing problem. If you don't do this, random caches, or sometimes all of the caches won't show up on the GPS even though the files are there. The new GGZ files do not have this problem. I would recommend using them for loading PQ's. Also, with the GGZ files, you can just overwrite the old files with the new ones and you're ready to go.
  17. With all the new gadgets, it's a good idea to copy the contents of the Garmin folder onto your computer so you always have a backup available. (Guess how I learned this...)
  18. Correction Oregon 300/400 200 GPX files, 2000 caches Oregon 450/550 200 GPX files, 5000 caches
  19. The Oregon can hold 200 GPX files, and each file can hold many caches, but the total can only be 2000 caches. The Oregon has a problem indexing them sometimes. To avoid this, you should delete the unwanted GPX files, then disconnect and re-boot, then re-connect and add your new files. Otherwise, you might find that some (or all) of your caches are missing. The Oregon 650 has gone to the GGZ file (GPX Zipped) which doesn't have this problem but it also supports GPX files. I think that the auto.gpx files are archived tracks.
  20. You might look at GCDroid instead. It works well, has lots of features, and moderators won't kill your thread for mentioning it.
  21. BaseCamp mobile has been out for a while now. http://www8.garmin.com/apps/. Yes it will connect your GPS to your phone and allow you to transfer waypoints and tracks to your myGarmin account's cloud storage and the other way around. Alot of connectable electronics manufacturers are connecting to iPhone because the development is easier to ensure compatibility for a handful of models than for the thousands of android models out there. I wouldn't hold my breath on an Android BaseCamp mobile for that reason. At least not for a while. Ah, no wonder. I see the app is not available yet for my Android phone. Lots of other Garmin apps are, so maybe in the future...
  22. I learn something new about my Oregon 650 every day. The bluetooth with Mobile Basecamp works with other similar units for large files like maps & tracks, but can also use ANT+ to transfer caches to older Garmin units (Oregon 300/450/550, GPSmap 62 series) Not sure if the bluetooth can be used with a phone, haven't seen a Basecamp Mobile app yet.
  23. The Oregon & Montana series uses the ANT+ protocol to transfer information. The Monterra is bluetooth enabled.
  24. Man, you know you're in trouble when sock-puppet bots are giving you advice.
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