+Jayeffel Posted October 4, 2020 Share Posted October 4, 2020 Maybe I am doing things wrong maybe not. I have a Garmin Etrex 20 that I use sometimes. I say sometimes because in spite of what some cachers, mostly those who started caching long before I did, say my I iPhone does a better job. Unless in a area where the phone is not picking up a signal of anytime, it seems to work better. The Etrex for me is rather cumbersome to use, not carry. Once I have a cache downloaded to the Etrex when I go to use it I need to walk any direction a while until a track starts to develop on the screen. Then I need to move one way or the other to see where I am in relation to the track and the cache itself. Very seldom does the signal settler to one spot for a long time. For instance, a recent cache I looked for is a multi. Once the first stage is found information for the actual coordinates needs to figured out. I did not have my Etrex Wirth that time, may not have made a difference. Since I do not know how to use coordinates I on the iPhone other than using the app, I waited until I got home to enter them into the Etrex. If I had gone along with two other cachers who were at the first stage with me maybe I would have done better. Anyway, I went back down to get other caches in the area and decided to go for this one second stage. BUT I left the Etrex at home! I tried to go where the map plotted on geocaching.com indicated but it looked a bit to overgrown. I did look around though. Since there were other new caches in the area I went back down,ghit them, and with the Etrex in hand tried again. It showed GZ so many feet away but of course I had to start in one arbitrary direction just to get an idea what direction the cache may be. After a few minutes of walking and turning it shows the cache in a direction, there was nothing in the area that a cache would hide. Evententually, maybe 30. minutes (could have been a lot less but seem that long) it pointed to a tree about 2 feet from me. Since the clue for the cache said Beech Tree, I fingered it may be here. It may have been! I managed to see a corner of wt\hat seemed to be a baggie, and felt it but could not get a hold of it to retrieve it to see if it was the Cache. My problem is using the Etrex to find the spot indicated by coordinates. I enter some caches by directly downloading from the geocaching.com website, some by downloading to iCache then uploading from there to the Etrex), and using waypoints to find a spot acts the same way. I used the Cache method before I learned the Direct download to GPS method. That is why I use my iPhone 95% + of the time. At least it tells me when I am about 30 feet away from the recorded coordinates. Quote Link to comment
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