Sugar Daddy Posted January 9, 2006 Share Posted January 9, 2006 We were on a hunt tonight on a local trail and found the first cache. But the eTrex Legend told me the cache was much deeper into a thicket of bamboo that it actually was. we found the cache nonetheless, but with not too much help from the GPS. We continued on the trail to the next cache and the GPS could only get about 50 ft. accuracy. I went back and forth along the path to try to find what spot on the path was closest to the cache. Sometimes I would turn around and head south, but the indicator (map view) on the GPS said I was still headed north. It was totally unreliable. I just got this unit for Christmas and I've been very happy with it so far. We did a night cache in the woods (that were just as thick as today's woods) the other day and it had no problem at all. On today's hike, we were on our way back to the car and the unit could not even get a fix at all. It was getting dark and we could have really used the assurance that we were getting close to where we parked the car (since we hadn't been on this trail before). We didn't have any flashlights and the sun had set. we only had 2 satellites that were showing up, and they were mostly above us. Any satellites that were 45 degrees or more off zenith were not giving us a useable signal. Is this typical? Yesterday, we were on a cache, which was in a patch of woods as well, and it was near sundown. The readings at that point were unreliable. it would tell me the cache was within 2 ft and then I'd walk around and come back to the same spot and it would say it was 30 ft away. ?? What's going on here? If the woods are the issue, then when the leaves start to grow in, the thing will be totally useless! Quote Link to comment
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