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  1. The file will be created when you log a geocache with the unit. It won't create it in anticipation.
  2. There are GPS apps which allow you to take averaged coordinate readings similar to what a GPS receiver would do. You could look into using one of those to get your coordinates. Best practice no matter what device is to put it where you are hiding the cache and let it sit there for a minute or two so that the position settles and stabilizes.
  3. It seems like the Montana was designed with some kind of motorized use in mind - ATVs, ORVs, etc. and that seems evident in the new powered mount that they included with it in addition to the larger screen. I expect a new pocket-sized version of that to come out sometime in the near future that caters to non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts. Something that will fit in a pocket/clip to a pack and not be cumbersome on a bike or kayak or canoe. I could be wrong, but I can't imagine that the outdoor community heavily favors buttons over touch screens to justify eliminating the Oregon's niche altogether.
  4. That right there is significant, especially for us hikers who relish any reduction in the weight and bulk of our gear. I would be surprised if Garmin is abandoning a smaller form touch screen device altogether. As I said before, it's possible that they have exhausted their stock of the previous oregon line but have not built up a stock of the replacement to release one yet. After all, the pandemic has led to a shortage in microchips affecting electronics in a wide range of products.
  5. Hi Evie and Asha, I love Billings. Wish I could get down there more often. Best way to meet other players is to attend an event cache. And maybe join the Geocaching Montana facebook group if you're on facebook.
  6. You can upload drafts from the geocache_visits.txt file. Just set the GPS not to automatically send logs via GCLive and instead do it the old-fashioned way through the website.
  7. Here's one of the problems with blanketly linking to gpsRchive.com: If the answer is no, there is likely no documentation on it for that specific model. The ability to turn on/off GPX files was introduced in some of the newer models - the eTrex 20x predates that feature and probably wouldn't receive it for several generations anyway given that the eTrex is the "low level" or "toy" line in Garmin's handheld collection. So no, the device will display all of the geocaches you load regardless of how many files they are divided into unless you hit the 2000 GPX file limit or the 5000 geocache limit. @Atlas Cached, are you by chance the owner/curator of gpsArchive.com? Just curious.
  8. I really hadn't used my phone much for geocaching until this summer. Because I was kinda forced to do it that way, I got used to the convenience. I can log all my finds on the spot by speaking my log (easier than phone typing). I still save them as drafts many times and finish logging from the computer, mostly to attach trackable logs to it. Will GSAK pull drafts from the website to include with your GPS field notes?
  9. I ran into an issue with my workflow for the first time this summer when I road tripped across the country. I like to leave the highways and travel back roads on a whim, so I couldn't just pre-plan a specific route and create PQs that way. And I'd have to make too many regular PQs to cover my trip. So I just made a few PQs for the areas that had spotty cell phone reception and loaded those onto my GPS and the rest of the time I cached by phone. This may lead to a permanent reduction in GPS usage when geocaching, using it only for hiking and those trips into the mountains where there is no phone signal. Sometimes I think we GPS enthusiasts miss the obvious solution, which is just to use our phones at times.
  10. I do too, but in this topic, we're specifically talking about loading caches while out in the field. So that means either doing that from your phone, which can be done, or grabbing the PQ from GC Live directly on the device.
  11. I'm willing to bet that Garmin has run out of stock of the Oregon 7x0 as production was discontinued, but they have not built up enough stock to release the next iteration of the line due to material shortages incurred during the pandemic. If they don't drop an Oregon 800 this winter, either for the Christmas rush or in January at CES, then we'll see it next summer.
  12. With a 66, you can download a PQ as a list via Geocaching Live. Why not use that route instead of installing a GPX file? It seems like fewer steps are needed.
  13. modern Android phones will connect to usb devices directly. You can get a usb-c to micro-USB A cable and save a GPX file directly to the GPS.
  14. Garmin is the only player in the market now, and all of Garmin's handheld offerings since ~2008 include paperless geocaching support.
  15. I had something similar happen to me with my Oregon 600. I took the batteries out and let it sit for a while (weeks to months) and the problem just went away. I'm not sure if it was moisture or overheating, but something interfered with the electrical signal going to the pixels and time seemed to fix it.
  16. Try this: https://garmin.opentopomap.org/
  17. Yeah, bbbike.org is great because you have several different visual styles to choose from. There are some downsides including a limit on map size (by Mb, not area) and remembering which encoding works, but otherwise it's great for making custom maps of a chosen area. I've also discovered that opentopomap.org has garmin downloads available worldwide, and these come with detailed DEM shading and an optional nicely detailed contours overlay.
  18. I would hope that the site is maintained by more than one person... :-/
  19. If you have a 66s, you'd be better served using Basecamp for managing tracks, waypoints, and routes, and just loading geocaching .gpx files directly if you're not managing a big collection. Otherwise, use GSAK to produce a .ggz file for you.
  20. Are you saying that you carry a laptop into the field with you? Or just on longer trips away from home?
  21. It's relatively old, but modern in the sense that it belongs to the "second wave" of Garmin GPS technology in which Garmin finally adopted a true USB protocol and opened the devices up to act as mass storage devices and developed the software for paperless geocaching and full GPX file support.
  22. I printed many a pages on my old dot matrix printer, so I guess there's no need to get a wireless laserjet that prints clear pages at over 20 pages per minute. I'll just get a serial to usb converter and keep using that old printer from the mid-90's. That old Gateway 2000 running Windows 95 got me through middle school. I wrote many papers on that thing. No need to modernize. My Motorola Droid X still makes phone calls. No need to modernize. Just because you've found 11,000 caches over the past 12 years doesn't mean there is room to improve equipment and workflow to make the process more efficient. I could still load all of my cache coordinates by hand and print out paper with the description, generating landfill waste, or I can load 10's of thousands of caches with all of the information in mere minutes. Do I need 10's of thousands of caches on my device? No, but then I'm ready for a spontaneous caching trip to anywhere within a 250 mile radius of home. You can choose to live in the [distant] past if you want, but when your outdated technology doesn't quite work with modern hardware and software, you can't complain when those of us living in the present (or recent past) point out that these problems don't exist for the rest of us. *and yes, the gpsmap 60 (c,s,x) is the distant past by technology standards.
  23. I'm just going to repeat my point of view, which may be unpopular with the OP, but... the gpsMap 60[csx] is wildly outdated. It's time for a new(er) GPS (a gpsMap 62 would do the trick, even) where none of the considerations of the old 60 series is a problem. No need for EasyGPS or other special software - GPX files can be downloaded directly to the GPS. No need to print any descriptions or logs as these newer units are truly paperless. No need to pick and choose as the new models (gpsMap 64 and newer) can hold unlimited geocaches. No need to remember which geocaches you found because you can upload a field notes / drafts file from the GPS to geocaching.com. The newest generation can access geocaching live directly. Onboard memory is large enough to store better maps. Screens are better. Access to more satellites. It's time to modernize.
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