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Hello all...I have been wanting to get into geocaching and have looked through as many threads as my ADD will let me and I still have some questions! I have a Nuvi 750 but understand this is probably not the best unit for geocaching so what should I do or purchase? I do not want to spend a lot of money but want to be able to find some geocaches when I go out! I used the gpsinformation link on here but didn't get too much help off of it...so my question too all of you wonderful, educated people is:

 

Where do I start with purchasing a GPS? Which model should I start with?

 

Thanks a great deal in advance...

C. J.

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I vote for the Garmin eTrex. The little yellow can be purchased for around $100 and is quite durable (more so than, say, a Garmin Gecko, which is close to the same price). After a few hundred finds, I upgraded to the eTrex Legend (the blue eTrex) beacuse one can download maps into it. That little yellow with nothing but a poitner and a distance got me into some jams sometimes!

 

I didn't take the time to look where you are located, but you might try your local geocaching group's website forum for deals. We have a special forum for the buy/sell/trading of used caching gear and GPSr's. Might be a local cacher just upgraded and is willing to sell you his/her GPS for a discount. BONUS: it might still have some geocache waypoints uploaded! :)

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I vote for the Garmin eTrex. The little yellow can be purchased for around $100 and is quite durable (more so than, say, a Garmin Gecko, which is close to the same price). After a few hundred finds, I upgraded to the eTrex Legend (the blue eTrex) beacuse one can download maps into it. That little yellow with nothing but a poitner and a distance got me into some jams sometimes!

 

I didn't take the time to look where you are located, but you might try your local geocaching group's website forum for deals. We have a special forum for the buy/sell/trading of used caching gear and GPSr's. Might be a local cacher just upgraded and is willing to sell you his/her GPS for a discount. BONUS: it might still have some geocache waypoints uploaded! :)

 

Check HeadHardHat's YouTube snippets. Mightbe of some help.

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thank you all for your help...I just purchased a Garmin Oregon 200 because I got it half price at a local outdoor store that is going out of business...my question now is...

 

Should I try and get started geocaching with the Oregon (i can sell it to a buddy that really wants it and has no current GPS at all and save him money) or should I try and learn how to use my Nuvi to geocache?

 

I have attempted to read through the post that describes how to use your nuvi for geocaching and downloading a bunch of stuff to make it more usuable but I get lost in the steps very easily. I think my ADD kicked in! Please help!

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thank you all for your help...I just purchased a Garmin Oregon 200 because I got it half price at a local outdoor store that is going out of business...my question now is...

 

Should I try and get started geocaching with the Oregon (i can sell it to a buddy that really wants it and has no current GPS at all and save him money) or should I try and learn how to use my Nuvi to geocache?

 

I have attempted to read through the post that describes how to use your nuvi for geocaching and downloading a bunch of stuff to make it more usuable but I get lost in the steps very easily. I think my ADD kicked in! Please help!

Use the Oregon 200. I have one.

 

To get the most out of this unit you need to become a Premium member for just $30 per year. Then learn to use Pocket Queries - here is a fine and easy tutorial: http://www.markwell.us/pq.htm - a PQ allows you to get up to 500 cache listing details of caches you choose in an area or along a route.

 

Once you get the file in your email from a Pocket Query - unzip it and place it in the [drive:]\garmin\gpx folder on the Oregon while it is connected to your PC. No software needed - no macros - no GSAK.

 

As a premium member you can also download individual GPX files from any listing page to the same folder on the Oregon.

 

Then off you go. Have fun!!

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nice...i'll definitely look into that StarBrand...thanks for all the good info. that is a nice little bit of handy information, and i like how easy it all sounds specially since i'm not sure what macros or GSAK is! thanks again though!

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