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Since i started caching i have only ever used my gps as a means of finding a location. I bung it in my phone holder in my car and follow the arrow to the location, this works pretty well but on occasion really fails to work, for instance qwhen i was in southampton recently attemping to do a cache named without a paddle i think? the arrow took me to the wrong side of the water and it would have involved a long drive to get around it. anyway, enough babbling. I just always hear about how some of you lot can map the coords onto os maps or something along those lines. I am just wondering how? is this kind of software expensive or do you even need software? thanx for any help, Dan.

 

Dan Wilson (Team Dan and Pid)

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If you just want to have a quick looksee at the imediate area of a cache put the co-ords into streetmap.co.uk.

 

Convert the co-ords to OSGB format (both co-ords and datum) and check it out on a good ole paper map (I never go anywhere without me map an compass)

 

Then again you could use GPSU or Oziexplorer, both will allow you to import scaned map images, you can then calibrate the image and enter the waypoint data or upload it from yer GPS.

 

I personally use Oziexplorer. once you know what you are doing it only takes a minuet or so to calibrate a map.

 

I don't know if it is still available but a freeware program was around to download OSGB maps from the internet. This was Map Grabber from Trail Gauge

 

Moss de Boss... Sorta

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I have a set of ordanance survey maps for most of the north of England, and all I do is find the co-ordinates on the map to give me an idea as to where the cache is hidden , I have had some of them for a lot of years and some I bought when I got into this then I can plan the best approach to the site, if I find an obstacle in my way then I have to find an other approach ,

sometimes its part of the fun having to find a bridge or another means to cross a river, you could also invest in an inflatable dingy icon_biggrin.gif or you could carry a load of old Timber and old plastic 5 gallon drums on your roof rack to make a raft. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif.The ordanace survey site can help you to learn to read a map , If you havn't yet found out how to, its really just Boy scout stuff though.there's another thought, Join the local scout group, you could show the other kids your gps.

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I have a set of ordanance survey maps for most of the north of England, and all I do is find the co-ordinates on the map to give me an idea as to where the cache is hidden , I have had some of them for a lot of years and some I bought when I got into this then I can plan the best approach to the site, if I find an obstacle in my way then I have to find an other approach ,

sometimes its part of the fun having to find a bridge or another means to cross a river, you could also invest in an inflatable dingy icon_biggrin.gif or you could carry a load of old Timber and old plastic 5 gallon drums on your roof rack to make a raft. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif.The ordanace survey site can help you to learn to read a map , If you havn't yet found out how to, its really just Boy scout stuff though.there's another thought, Join the local scout group, you could show the other kids your gps.

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I use Memory Map Navigator along with a complete set of OS 1:50,000 maps for England on CD.

 

I either download new waypoints into EasyGPS or use Rob's brilliant download routines to get regularly updated sets of data. Either way you can easily import this data into MM Navigator which displays the appropriate OS map with all the waypoints highlighted. You can then print off any maps on convenient A4 sheets complete with waypoints.

 

The only downside is that at present MM Navigator only supports direct import/export to Garmin units but I'm trying to get them to expand the list. In any case I've worked out a routine for loading waypoints from EasyGPS into MM Nav which means I can continue to use the system with my new Magellan Platinum (which by the way includes maps which is what you wanted in the first place icon_biggrin.gif )

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I use Memory Map Navigator along with a complete set of OS 1:50,000 maps for England on CD.

 

I either download new waypoints into EasyGPS or use Rob's brilliant download routines to get regularly updated sets of data. Either way you can easily import this data into MM Navigator which displays the appropriate OS map with all the waypoints highlighted. You can then print off any maps on convenient A4 sheets complete with waypoints.

 

The only downside is that at present MM Navigator only supports direct import/export to Garmin units but I'm trying to get them to expand the list. In any case I've worked out a routine for loading waypoints from EasyGPS into MM Nav which means I can continue to use the system with my new Magellan Platinum (which by the way includes maps which is what you wanted in the first place icon_biggrin.gif )

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I enter the coordinates of the caches I want to do into Autoroute to get a route, then because I have a Vista I use Mapsource to get the routes into my GPS. When I'm actually doing the caches, I'll take an OS map with me (or a print out from Streetmap.co.uk) so that I know where the public footpaths in the area are.

 

With the aid of a road atlas to get to the general area, you could do it with just the Streetmap printout.

 

If you're working from an OS map, don't forget that you need to change your datum to OSGB36 as well as the coordinate format to OS grid ref.

 

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jeremyp

The second ten million caches were the worst too.

http://www.jeremyp.net/geocaching

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Dan ya Donut! I have been asking you go and pick up the copy of Peters CD at his house for weeks but you can never be bothered to drive there.....then you write this post...LoL....Confusing!

 

 

Pid

 

Watch out its a Golfcourse... (Team Dan and Pid)

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My GPS is the basic etrex model. I have it set on wgs84 map Datum and hddd.mm.mmmm position format I have succesfully found a couple of caches downloading the waypoints using easygps.

I have placed my own cache now and am worried because when I put the Lat and long into the spreadsheet and looked at www.streetmap.co.uk it pointed into the sea. Maybe I am using the spreadsheet wrong!! but the more I try to find out about things the more confused I get

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Originally posted by Naefearjustbeer:

My GPS is the basic etrex model. I have it set on wgs84 map Datum and hddd.mm.mmmm position format I have succesfully found a couple of caches downloading the waypoints using easygps.

I have placed my own cache now and am worried because when I put the Lat and long into the spreadsheet and looked at http://www.streetmap.co.uk it pointed into the sea. Maybe I am using the spreadsheet wrong!! but the more I try to find out about things the more confused I get


 

You havn't got East & West round the wrong way by any chance?

 

Chris

"We're not lost - we just don't know where we are"

London & UK Geocaching Resources: http://www.sheps.clara.net

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