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  1. Since this topic was resurrected, I might as well post a followup. I did take a dremel to the right prong on my V's RAM mount, and it is PERFECT now. The only problem is that while it works well on my wife's car (Escape), I really can't find a place where it sits right on my Maxima without blocking my view. Gah!
  2. quote:Originally posted by White Feather:In the open field starting out it gave an accuracy figure of 142 ft. while receiving seven satellites. That alone looks to me to be unusable in searching for geocaches. I have a V, but it gets a bit wonky when I'm not holding it flat. Also, do you have WAAS turned on? That helps a lot. 142/110 ft isn't right at all, I regularly get ~10 ft accuracy, with up to 30 for bad tree cover.
  3. I personally toss mine under the seat. I left it on the dash once, and it was almost too hot to hold (GPS V). It works fine, but I would be concerned to do that on a regular basis; I'd also worry about the batteries. Most aren't designed for the 100F+ heat that a black GPS sitting a dash would sustain.
  4. In my short experience with the sport, I've found that the harder ones have nicer caches and aren't as likely to be full of garbage. I introduced some friends to Geocaching last weekend, and we did a bunch of easy ones to get them used to the sport. I couldn't imagine doing 1/1s exclusively, that would be EXTREMELY boring.
  5. quote:Originally posted by Renegade Knight:I'm in agreement on the Legend. Right now it's about the best bang for the buck going in the GPS world. I think that depends on how much you can get a Garmin GPS V for. I now think I was extremely lucky and got mine off Amazon.com for $375 before rebate! Now it's up to $460, in which case I would have bought a Legend instead and bought the software seperately.
  6. I went to dinner with my wife and a friend of hers, and the conversation was horrible, boring chick stuff. So I'd read about geocaching on Slashdot (about a month ago), and brought it up as, "Hey, I heard about this goofy sport...". Well, we got home and wife asks me about it. She actually wants to try it out... So, this is all the permission I need to buy something I'd always wanted, a mapping GPS for my car. I figured if the geocaching thing didn't work out, I'd still get great use out of my GPS V. It was a lot more fun than we thought, and plan to do a ton more after this month winds down (she's in Boston for work this week, and then my sister's wedding is this weekend! Whew!).
  7. quote:Originally posted by Huntnlady:I am just getting a friend into it. He is in a wheelchair. I usually write to the cache placer if they say it is a 1 terrain, because there are some morons out there who don't understand the meaning of wheelchair accessable. No doubt. I went on one with a pair of friends this weekend, marked as a 1/1.. Well, if "1/1"s normally involve 5 miles of hiking, bushwacking through 40 yards of junk, and more mosquitos than I've ever seen in my life (it was by a river and very swampy), I'd hate to see a 5/5! I haven't logged the find online yet, but when I do I'm going to set THAT one straight! It was insane, and actually (thankfully) was the third cache we found that day, and did us in. It was their first time out geocaching - a good time, but the rating on that last one was ridiculous. Edit: There were a couple details I forgot about this cache. One, even though we had two GPSs (eMap and GPS V), the coordinates were off by a ridiculous amount. Like by about 150-200 feet. So, how did we find this, might you ask? Well, some a-hole CARVED "GEOCACHE HERE" into the side of a LIVE tree (foot-tall lettering), with a giant arrow pointing down into a pile of rocks. Like I said, I haven't gotten around to logging the find online yet, but when I do... EditEdit: OK, one last thing. When we opened the cache, someone (probably the tree carver) had put in a giant lollipop that had melted and made everything in the cache covered with nasty, sticky ooze. Worst cache ever? YOU decide. [This message was edited by GeoPernas on June 23, 2003 at 07:53 AM.]
  8. Criminal - the problem I have with the RAM mount is that it's impossible to remove the GPS V without the bottom "prong" scraping across the screen. I don't know if repeated scraping would scuff the screen up, but I use a screen protector and it definately beats the heck out of that. What I've thought about doing is using my Dremel and whacking down the right prong, so that I can slide the unit right out. Due to the rubberized bottom of the GPS, I don't think I have to worry about it shooting out of the mount if I make a sudden left turn.
  9. quote:Originally posted by Team Og Rof A Klaw:This little fella is going to be disappointed if he opens the cache and all he finds is Leatherman tools and current DVDs. Haha, touchè!
  10. Yeah, go pull a few caches and get back to us. Cheap stuff I don't mind, but check out the filthy, revolting crap people leave behind. You'll be astounded.
  11. Team Og: The stuff you leave doesn't necessarily have to be "valuable". I bought a bunch of Tomy Micropets for caches; they're only a couple bucks each, but REALLY neat. They're little battery-operated toys that respond to voice commands, light up, make noise, etc.. I also bought a few battery-operated handheld poker/blackjack/slots games from Target. $4 each, but the person who found it would clearly feel like they found treasure (I'm only leaving those in the hard-to-reach 3+ star caches). The coolest thing I've found in a cache so far is one of those 'pin on' compasses from gpscity.com. Finds like that make up for the shlocky ones full of band aids and dirty garbage. The sport really isn't about the junk, don't mistake me. My favorite caches have involved long hikes, and clever hides. So, I show my appreciation to the hider by leaving something decent. Throwing a fast food wrapper in the cache is just plain out disrespectful, and a really bad example if kids are with you. Speaking of which, even though I do love my compass pin, I do try to skew slightly young in the stuff I put in caches. Few adults are going to be blown away by a Tomy MicroPet, but to a kid that stuff is like gold bullion. [santa] So, if you're not thinking of yourself when placing a cache item, think of the disappointed kid who is going to open a cache and find your nasty broken piece of junk. [/santa]
  12. Thanks for the advice! I did see Vasque at several places, but they were horribly expensive (>$180). I do wear Doc Martens at work, and they're great shoes.. if I could find someplace that sells their hiking boots, that would rock. They're solid - they last about three years (I'm on my second pair in 5 years), and comfortable as heck.
  13. My beef with hiking boots is that it is nearly impossible to find ones wide enough for my feet. You can order them online, but since there are 5 different variations of "wide", I'd really need to try them on first. My wife loves Merrill boots, but they don't even MAKE wides. I've tried them on, and it's like putting my feet in a vise. I'd be curious as to where you guys with wide feet buy yours, because I've gone to Gander Mountain, all the stores that supposedly specialize in outdoor footwear, and nothing. When we hike, I wear a relatively new pair of Reeboks, but obviously they weren't designed for hiking and as such are disintegrating quickly.
  14. The cache we found tonight was the perfect example of what NOT to leave in a cache. It was horrible, and contained such gems as: + a filthy spaghetti sorter + dirty, broken McToys + faded, rusty pin + broken pin and the coup de'grace... + a dirty, unused band-aid There was probably some correlation here, but it was by far the easiest cache we've gone after. The fact that it was in a busy park and had been there for over a full year was astounding. For the record, I did leave a brand new, shrinkwrapped set of 25 disposable drink coasters with jokes on them. I'm sure it will get replaced with a dirty McToy on short order, but ah well. I carry about a half-dozen cache prizes on me, ranging from a cheap SpongeBob keychain to a (used, but excellent shape) Minority Report DVD. Personally, with the exception of the DVD I always leave new items. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY wants crappy used McToys. I realize the thrill is in the hunt, etc., but it is kind of de-spiriting to the group to find a container full of garbage. I haven't set up any caches myself, but when I do I'm pretty sure I'll make them all "members only". Call me elitist or whatever, but I'd be upset to check on my cache and find it full of crap.
  15. Enjoy the piece, it's worth every penny. One thing I'd suggest is that before you even use it, buy a pack of those Fellowes WriteRight screen protectors they make for Palm devices. It really does save the screen. They don't make them for GPSs, just buy them for whatever, slap them on, than trace/cut around the perimeter of the screen with a very sharp box cutter (I use my pocket knife). This sounds hazardous, but the screen is elevated off the unit and makes the odds of scratching the screen with the knife very minimal. I've done this twice with mine, and it's very easy.
  16. Something changed at Amazon; you'll notice when checking out that the $460 price is actually from "JR's Music World". When I ordered mine two weeks ago it was from Amazon itself. Yeah, gpscity.com also has it for $406 or so. Sorry for the bad lead!
  17. You can get the V at Amazon.com for $399 right now; I just bought one two weeks ago, and it's the best deal going. The device comes with Mapsource North America City Select (if you're American, else it comes with the Euro version). All regions are unlocked, so you don't have to worry about spending additional money. It's awesome for navigating roads; just punch in your final address, and the unit will route you there on the fly from wherever you happen to be. It's a touch pricy, but WELL worth it. I'd definately buy it again. One last thing, stay away from used ones - they tend to be the standard V package, and as such does not come with a fully unlocked MapSource disc (and is probably an older version as well). Considering it costs an additional $150 to unlock all regions, it is a much better deal to just buy new.
  18. Leatherman: What does the fact I've found ~10 caches have to do with knowing how to use a GPS? Caching is a game, I've used boating GPSs before so it's not like I'm unfamiliar with the technology. I'm very happy for you, being such a skilled road navigator to never get lost or ever need autorouting. Personally, I'll take my V. What is your problem? Do you own Thales stock or something?
  19. We've only done a few caches, but if someone has obviously spent a lot of time on one, I'd feel like a jerk just writing "gr8 cache kthxbye". On the other hand, I'm not going to write a novel for a 1/1 cache put 5 yards from a parking lot.
  20. ROFL, anyone who calls the V's autorouting a novelty obviously hasn't used one. I've only had mine a week and already I can't imagine going somewhere unfamiliar without it. For geocaching, it's a dream. I upload some waypoints into it, and I'm good for a day of caching. I pick the waypoint, select "goto", and where ever I am, it will get me there. Turn right on this road, turn left on that road.. once you're at the site, put it in "offroad" mode, and basically follow the arrow. Games aside, if I want to find an address or restaurant I just punch it in and off I go. This doesn't sound like a huge deal but I am a MORON behind the wheel of a car. I'm the guy who always gets lost, and always is late, because I can never figure out where the hell I am or how to get there. I also suck at following directions. This device is the best money I've spent in a long time. If I could afford it, I'd buy Vs for everyone in my family for Christmas. All this in one small, lightweight unit that is basically indestructible. I too thought the 19 meg limit was restricting, and it probably is for someone who does a lot of interstate travel within major cities. For someone like me who leaves the state once every 4-5 months, this is not a big deal. I'm curious as to what Garmin is going to do with the SPIII's and V's successors. Until they combine them into one cheap device, there probably *won't* be a perfect GPS like he's looking for. My only other beef with the V is that all the mounts I've tried suck. The RAM suction cup mount makes the device basically impossible to remove, and the included mount has the same problem. Bean bag mount, I don't want to stick velcro on the GPS. I want a quick-release mount, and these apparantly don't exist.
  21. Rich: Programmer Analyst/Sysadmin for a medium-sized mfg of toothbrushes and dental floss. Heather: Industrial Hygenist for Steelcase (tests chemicals, samples air quality, etc.) Puggly: 3 YO Boston Terrier. Sleeps.
  22. I have a V and it's the perfect geocaching GPS, but if I had the dough I'd get a cheap Gecko or eTrex to use once we got to the park. I would DIE if anything happened to the V...
  23. I think your flash memory would disappear very quickly, and not see a replacement. Honestly, I'd just leave a disposable camera.
  24. Sorry, no - the Geckos are not map-capable GPS units.
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