+Crid Posted October 21, 2008 Share Posted October 21, 2008 I was out caching recently with a friend. He's not a geocacher as such, but he's come along caching with me several times and really enjoys it. We both work in IT (although different areas of it) and we got to talking about the technology behind GPS. I'm a geek through-and-through, so I find GPS fascinating from a technology point of view. So I came to geocaching through learning about GPS. Even though I know how GPS works, I still find it amazing that it works so well. So although I cache and map, it's fair to say I'm pretty inseperable from my GPS - walking, cycling, driving - I've nearly always got it with me. In fact, I have two now (bought a Colorado several months ago). My friend on the other hand isn't interested in how GPS works. But he enjoys geocaching because it's an interesting use of existing technology. A treasure hunt for the 21st century. (He also enjoys traditional treasure hunts where several teams are competing against one another at the same time). He's borrowed my GPS a couple of times so that he could show other people what geocaching is about. He's also taken the GPS paragliding and we had fun looking at his tracks in Google Earth (showing the altitude). He's more interested in the uses of the device than the workings of it. I'm curious to know what other cachers' opinions are of GPS. Are you fascinated by how it works, or is it just a tool to use? Quote Link to comment
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