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Nuvi for geocaching?

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Our nuvi is about 4 years old and threes no way I'd use that thing to geocache.

 

It's great for inputting cache coordinates for street directions (when you're traveling) to get you in the general area.

 

You won't enjoy geocaching with something like that.

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We'll agree to disagree about the suitability of Nuvis in general for caching. $ considerations aside, I guess if you have never used a newer generation paperless handheld you don't know what you are missing,but yes, any GPS you can enter co-ords is going to be fine.

 

PS love the OCD comment by someone who then tells us they have 267 FTFs / co-FTFS. :laughing:

 

Ford vs. Chevy, Spicy vs. Mild, Spring vs. Fall, Wilma vs. Betty, Handhelds vs. Car Units... A lot of the time it is just a matter of choice.

 

With our 1350T Nuvi we are also paperless. All we do is turn the info from a GPX file in to a CSV file and load it as a POI. When I'm done with it I have everything I might need minus the pictures and links. We also have local Sunrise and Sunset info for the next year stored in it, as well a lot more. Just as I may not know that much about the "newer generation" handhelds, there are many on the forum that don't realize what some of the better Nuvis can do either.

 

As far as FTFs, this is a cache rich area. With in 2.5 miles of our home, we have grabbed 68 FTF/co-FTF. And if I go out just 5 miles the number jumps to 125 FTF/co-FTF. My wife and I see the "FTF race" as more of a sport against the other cachers in the area. So for us it not so much OCD as it is EGO. Because we are just that good or at least we like to think so. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Yeh, all about choice...not into the FTF race as much. In my area, tends to just reflect who is retired or not, and certainly easier if there are two cachers under one username..but that is for another topic ;)

 

Anyhoos... yes, loading a nuvi up with geocaches as POI is a decent workaround, but still a lot of extra steps and miss out on a lot of the newer paperless features. I keep my nuvi 765T loaded up with my whole GSAK database (~8k caches) as a backup, but I'd hate to be my primary unit.

 

As you say, my choice. EGO as well here ;)

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Garmin nuvi 1390

We only recently started geocaching and currently use our nuvi 1390. Coordinates have been spot on apart from one yesterday where we were a few metres out. One of the main concerns is dropping it - although we have been looking for a wrist type bag with window which may help with that problem. Eventually we should be able to move on to a more rugged unit with paperless function, but for the time being once we can figure out how to transfer data from geocaching.com to the nuvi via the computer, we will have paperless caching. Anyone already transferring data this way to a nuvi ?

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We'll agree to disagree about the suitability of Nuvis in general for caching. $ considerations aside, I guess if you have never used a newer generation paperless handheld you don't know what you are missing,but yes, any GPS you can enter co-ords is going to be fine.

 

PS love the OCD comment by someone who then tells us they have 267 FTFs / co-FTFS. :laughing:

 

Ford vs. Chevy, Spicy vs. Mild, Spring vs. Fall, Wilma vs. Betty, Handhelds vs. Car Units... A lot of the time it is just a matter of choice.

 

With our 1350T Nuvi we are also paperless. All we do is turn the info from a GPX file in to a CSV file and load it as a POI. When I'm done with it I have everything I might need minus the pictures and links. We also have local Sunrise and Sunset info for the next year stored in it, as well a lot more. Just as I may not know that much about the "newer generation" handhelds, there are many on the forum that don't realize what some of the better Nuvis can do either.

 

As far as FTFs, this is a cache rich area. With in 2.5 miles of our home, we have grabbed 68 FTF/co-FTF. And if I go out just 5 miles the number jumps to 125 FTF/co-FTF. My wife and I see the "FTF race" as more of a sport against the other cachers in the area. So for us it not so much OCD as it is EGO. Because we are just that good or at least we like to think so. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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