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Will a Garmin Nuvi work for geocaching?

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I wanted to try geocaching while I'm visiting my grandparents in Arkansas and they already have a Garmin Nuvi so I was hoping it would work okay. If I end up liking it we'll buy a dedicated GPS, but will the Nuvi work for now?

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I wanted to try geocaching while I'm visiting my grandparents in Arkansas and they already have a Garmin Nuvi so I was hoping it would work okay. If I end up liking it we'll buy a dedicated GPS, but will the Nuvi work for now?

try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T7svva0nSs Edited by lost19
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I have used my Nuvi 1350 for geocaching. It is every bit as accurate as my Oregon 550 and using the correct macros, it is also paperless. However there are few caveats:

- I have a premium membership with Geocaching.com so I can do pocket queries (i.e. lots of geocaches)

- I use GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) and a couple of macros.

- You will not have a compass/distance display but that is fine with me as I find Lat/Long info much more useful.

 

It also helps if you are somewhat adept with a PC.

 

On a Nuvi geocaches can be stored as POI, or waypoint or TourGuide files (all are .gpx format). You can even include photos in a POI so if you like. You can use GoogleEarth to locate the cache, PrtScreen to get an image.

 

I have even modified some macros so the display print is larger and some fields are color coded. So yes it can be done but it does require some knowledge and effort on your part. Having said that, my Oregon 550 is much more adept at geocaching but hey, it doesn't speak street names on my way to the geocache.

 

BTW, the video link gives a pretty good description of how to use a Nuvi.

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