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  1. Lanyard. Unthread the nylon strap and carabiner and use one of those ID badge neck straps with the clear strap and snap. Does not display gallery pictures within the cache description, but you could manually download them, put them on an SD car and view them with the picture viewer. The geocache listing looks similar to the GC website, without the ads, map links, etc... You get the GC #, cache name, terrain, difficulty, description and the last 5 logs. No background images or gallery pictures.
  2. The GPSr only knows what direction its pointing when you are moving, unless you have a model with a magnetic compass. If you stand still and turn in place it doesn't know which way its pointing. If you know where north is, just go by your position relative to the cache position on the map, using the north indicator on the map as a reference. If you carry a handheld compass, just line the north indicator on the map with north on the compass and carry on.
  3. Not really, the internal software algorithms that Mapsource uses to build a maps just aren't linear for some reason. Could be because of poor design or just because of some inherent processing that must be done to build a map set that doesn't scale linearly. GO$Rs Its probably like a jigsaw puzzle. A 1000 piece puzzle will take more than 10x longer to put together than a 100 piece puzzle.
  4. If you have autozoom turned on, the NA NT 2008 maps will zoom out as your speed increases so with the navigation on you can see a turn coming up. There is also an auto function for the labels, etc... which probably works the same way. Its probably not a bug. It would be hard to move the map properly and look up / display the street names as you clip down the freeway, not that you could read them as they went by anyway. You could go into the settings and set the zoom level to a fixed distance for each feature, but I'm betting the map movement will be very jerky.
  5. If you have the card in your Colorado, it communicates and transfers data very slowly -- I think it uses the USB 1.0 standard. Using an SD card reader that uses the later 2.0 (faster) USB standard you can get things done faster. Your computer speed factors in as well.
  6. I got the whole NA NT 2008 and the Texas part of Topo 2008 loaded on a 4 GB card and it works fine so far. All of Topo 2008 will not load on a card -- too many map segments. There is a work-around using some 3rd party tools, but I haven't tried them yet. If you get an SD card reader and use it to load the maps, rather than the Colorado and the USB cable, building and transferring the maps will go much faster.
  7. Have no clue. I manually copy the pocket query files with Windows. I think Communicator is merely a tool to allow file transfer from a web site to the Colorado with minimal user knowledge.
  8. What is telling you they are already loaded -- GSAK? I've had absolutely no issues with loading caches using pocket queries and transferring the extracted files via Windows, or using the 'Send to GPS' button on GC using Garmin Communicator.
  9. Once they hold the Sweetwater (TX) rattlesnake round-up, its time to start using a long stick to poke around down here. Haven't run across any snakes while caching yet, but I do see them from time to time while out walking, hunting, fishing, etc... If you plan on putting caches out in an area known for snakes, its probably wise to choose a location where a snake is not likely to take up residence.
  10. Amazon has CN NT 2008 for $109 with free shipping. Other places had slightly better prices, but with $7-10 shipping.
  11. I actually used the GPSr to route to a cache today. Sure is nice to have the GPSr show you which roads to take. Just have to remember to tell it not to lock to roads when you get out of the car. Thank goodness for the profiles on the Colorado.
  12. Yup, having the compass on or not calibrated will cause the arrow to do some strange stuff. If I recall correctly, the arrow uses the GPS signals to indicate direction at speeds above 1.5 miles per hour. At lower speeds, it used the compass. I typically leave my compass off as I never remember to calibrate it before my final approach. Also, making sure the unit is set to off road, as suggested previously, will help.
  13. No kidding on the needle in a haystack caches. One was just published in our area and it said if you find the bushes, you'll find the cache. Yeah, a string of red tips 100 feet long and 15 feet wide, dense enough that you need a flashlight to see. It was a small and not a micro, but still hard to find. Usually someone finds caches in our area within several hours of publication, but this one took almost a whole day, and the FTF said he spent an hour and a half looking. What I hate the most are caches which require you poke around in shrubs, bushes, etc... Many cachers are not very careful and the plants suffer from their carelessness. I'm sure the property owners really appreciate a heard of elephants tromping through their landscaping.
  14. It can be done. Sort of. I took a piece of brass strip, the plastic part of the carabiner mount and a threaded RAM ball and made a temporary mount. The brass strip goes between the GPS and the carabiner mount at the top, bends and goes over the cross-piece on the carabiner mount, then tucks back into the next slot. A couple of pieces of heat-shrink tubing make it snug and the RAM ball bolts onto the strip where it sticks out above the GPS. No alteration of the carabiner mount whatsoever.
  15. I bought a GPS for motorcycle travel out in the rural areas and saw an article on confluences. In reading up on them I found out about geocaching and decided to give it a shot. Poked around on GC and found some caches near the house. Found a few the first day out, then more and more. Got the wife interested so I could justify the purchase of a newer GPS, and another... Most of what we run across around here are micros, and some will definitely make you pull your hair out.
  16. Great -- I try to view the file and I get some porn crap. Can't you just host a plain text file somewhere or include you letter in your post? Geez...
  17. You can geocache with a unit that has no maps or with a minimal base map and do very well. The maps just make things a bit easier sometimes. If you are geocaching in an urban environment, the city maps (with routing) are probably a better choice, especially if you don't know the neighborhood you are in. It is especially helpful if the cache owner has specified a parking area for the cache and you need to find a way to it. For caching out in the sticks, the topo maps are probably better as they will tell you if a big hill, creek or river is gonna be in the way of your chosen path to the cache.
  18. I went back and got the cache by Sam's Club early on Easter Sunday. Still had to wait for a couple of restaurant worker muggles to leave, and as I was walking towards the cache I noticed four different security cameras aimed in the general direction of the cache. They probably thought I was a homeless guy using the bushes for a bathroom!
  19. I wonder if Garmin was smart enough to make it unusable if you use the SD card on a different Colorado?
  20. So, has anyone tried to take the topo basemap image from a 400t and put it on an SD card?
  21. Some of the urban caches we have around here are in less savory areas where a stray pit bull or 2-legged vermin might want to ruin your day. Doubtful anything chambered for a cartridge that large (other than the Bond Arms derringer) would be easy to conceal -- but we make due.
  22. More on the giant pink bunny: Pink Bunny Article
  23. Looks like someone drew in a Hula-Hoop. Here is the corrected link: Church Sign
  24. Glad to see some Linux and Nokia users here. I was an early adopter of the N770 and recently added a bluetooth GPS and MaemoMapper. Since I have a slower processor, limited system memory and a 2GB limit on the not-so-easy to find RSMMC card, I haven't done much with it as far as the GPS other than driving around town. I was gonna either get an N800 (really cheap on Tiger Direct) or get a new GPS. Couldn't slip another computer past the wife, so the GPS won. Trying to get a friend of mine with an N800 to try geocaching -- he's nerdy enough it might interest him, except for actually having to go outdoors.
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