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  1. When I was shopping for my GPSr I looked at eMaps and liked them a lot. The bad news is that they're a discontinued product and they don't route. Also, they have a grayscale display.


    I passed.


    I then looked at the GPSMAP 60c. Nice, rugged handheld model, color screen, 56mb internal memory & quad-helix antenna. The good is that I could upload maps to it, it would route for me and I could mount it on the dashboard. The bad is that the unit itself was gonna set me back about $450 and then I'd have to buy maps, (another $60-150) depending on the map sets wanted and the car navigation kit would be another $140. That's about $750 for all I wanted.


    I passed.


    I then looked at the Quest. It's just a little bit bigger then an eTrex, has a color screen, is waterproof and shockproof, has 115mb internal memory, automatically routes, ships with City Select v6, a windshield mounting kit that includes a speaker, (yes, it talks to you), a USB cable and an AC charging station. Oh, and the price is just under $500.


    I bought.

  2. I usually use the accompanying MapSource City Select software to create waypoints for geocaches and then I just upload them to the Quest using the USB interface. However, the way to input the information directly into your quest is as follows...


    1. From the map screen, use the rocker pad to move the pointer off of your current location.

    2. Hit the "OK" key and a new waypoint is created at the location of the pointer.

    3. Use the rocker pad to move the cursor, (which should be over the "Route To" option), to the location field and press "OK".

    4. Edit this field using the coordinates of the cache you wish to save.

    5. Repeat step 3 for each of the remaining field, editing them accordingly.

    6. Highlight the "OK" option, hit the "OK" button and your new waypoint is saved in "My Locations" which you may now access by hitting "Find" and then selecting "My Locations".

    7. Drink a pint to celebrate your accomplishment!


    Happy Questing!!!

  3. Just for fun I thought I'd add the my Garmin Quest has a folding multi-position antenna and the manual recommends that it be positioned parallel with the ground in order to obtain the best reading.

  4. I'm particularly fond of the last one. LOL

    I've scanned through all of the aforementioned titles and I have to agree with "writer".


    And, speaking directly to "writer" himself, you wrote a wonderful book and I keep it in the most popular reading location in the house. If that's not a testimony to work well done then there just ain't no justice in the world. (The technical editing was aces too.)

  5. I understand what you mean. I recently saw a very nice display of the NG Topo maps at an REI location near my home. They have a computer that will print out a topo map of an area that you select but you can also surf the map that is loaded and see if it has the kind of detail that you're looking for. They have the maps available for purchase too. Not a recommendation on where to buy but more of a recommendation of where you can get a look at the program in action.

  6. If you are looking for a program that will allow you to directly download coordinated to your GPSr, I believe that you'll need to use MapSource for Garmin devices and Mapsend for Magellan devices. You may be able to import coordinates from the NG Topo maps using a third party program and I'm certain that other more knowledgable folks here can help on that topic.

  7. If you want a unit that you can use for both automotive routing and for geocaching/hiking, take a look at Garmin's Quest. It has 115mb of internal memory, is water/shock proof, color screen, voice guidance, etc. It ships with City Select v6 (North America) and will also accept Topo, Roads & Rec, Blue Chart, etc. I've used it for both auto and geo and it works very, very well plus it's a steal at around $500.

  8. mdshamilton e-mailed me these questions and I answered him via that method but, in the interests of the public, I'll run them down again here...


    "Is it a beast to carry around?" - No, not at all. In fact, Quest is almost exactly the same size as an eTrex but you use it in horizontal alignment instead of the vertical. In other words, the screen in wider than it is tall. It fits easily into the palm of your hand and is simple to operate whether it's in the windshield mount or hand held.


    "Do you have a lanyard or belt clip or something to carry it with?" - No, there is nothing on the unit that will allow you to attach a lanyard. What I use when I'm caching is a Jansport pouch that I found at REI. It's soft-sided and has a couple of pockets that are big enough for a cell phone or sunglasses or an eTrex or a Quest, a zipper pocket for coins, etc., another clear pocket and an open to pocket that holds my compass. The whole thing attaches to a belt, can be slung around your neck with an included strap, or attached to a backpack. It's very compact. Below is a link to the item at REI. If the link doesn't work, go to www.rei.com and do a search for item # 658425.




    "Do you have to unfold the antenna thing to use it when geocaching?" - Yes, the unit works best when the antenna is extended. It's a bit of a drawback but not much of one.


    "You mentioned thanks to SergZak you can switch between mapsets. What do you mean by that?" - Actually, what I said was that thanks to SergZak, I now know about the Quest's 'off road' calculation method for routing which basically gives you a "geocaching mode" because it allows you to view a simple compass bearing screen and you can customize the display to show you your lat/lon. I didn't previously know about this function and it was the only thing about the Quest that I didn't like. Now that I know about it, I like it even more.


    The Quest has an internal memory of 115mb and that will allow you to load a lot of map data into the unit. I currently have City Select v6 (which comes with the unit), Topo and Roads and Recreation. I've loaded the entire state of Arizona into the unit from all three sources and the unit allows me to switch between them at my will. (All that data only took up about 60mb of the available 115mb.) I use City Select when I'm driving around in the city and I switch to Topo when I'm geocaching. The bottom line is that you can load the different types of maps into the unit and then use them however you like. You don't need separate devices to use the different MapSource maps.


    I spent a lot of time shopping and comparing all the different GPSr on the market and I think that Quest is the most versatile unit available...and you can't beat the price. Oh, I almost forgot...I'm a professional driver in Phoenix and I use my Quest every day. It's absolutely fantastic for street navigation!

  9. Before you buy, take a look at the Quest unit by Garmin. It'll give you all the features of an automotive GPSr (and ships with City Select v6) as well as being durable and portable enough to use for caching. I've very, very happy with mine and it's been a champ for both urban caching and rural/camping caching. It's also about the same price as a 60c but has more features...not to mention the aforementioned inclusion of City Select.

  10. I've had a Quest since late September and have used it for both urban and rural caching. No problems whatsoever. I have City Select v6 loaded for street navigation (it came with City Select) and I've purchased the Topo maps as well. You can easily switch between the mapsets and, thanks to SergZak, I now have new screens to use next time I go out caching. Previously, I've just self-navigated to the cache using the lat/lon display information and it's worked just fine since the accuracy of the Quest unit is excellent...even in a large stand of trees.


    In my opinion, it's the perfect blend of automotive & outdoor features and a great value. I got mine online for about $500. Feel free to ask me any specific questions about the unit if you like and I'll do my best to answer.

  11. If you are planning on using your GPSr for automotive/routing/road tripping as well as geocaching, take a look at the Quest unit by Garmin. It's very compact and ships with City Select v6. I got mine for just under $500 and think it is well worth the money.

  12. A lot of us, especially when we first got into using GPSs spent way to much $$ on higher end functionality which frankly are never needed for caching.  I wish I'd had the brains to start out with a basic system (which frankly let's face it is all the GPS you'll need for caching).  Then I could have spent some money on better hiking shoes, or a better backpack, both at the time would have made my life a lot more comfortable than a color, mapping GPS.  (of course I've got three GPS systems (driving, sailing, hiking) now, so I suppose some of us never learn). 

    I agree with this whole-heartedly. My brother-in-law said it best: All GPSr do the same thing. They tell you where you are on the planet. All of the added features are just options.


    Buy what you can afford and enjoy.

  13. If you want all the features you need for geocaching, (compact size, water resistant, shock resistant, ect.) AND you want to use it for mapping or perhaps in your car, take a look at the Quest by Garmin. It's like a Street Pilot that goes camping.


    It's worked very well for me in both urban and rural environments.

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