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    Any comments on this Garmin Handheld GPS? I really like it:

    http://www.alloutdoorandmore.com/Gar...0-00631-00.htm

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    It is a super basic unit that doesn't do very much. I wouldn't own that model myself.

    What kind of outdoor activity are you going to be engaged in and we'll steer you toward the right GPS unit to go along with it.
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    I'm also interested in your advice on this subject... i've never used more than a map and compass, but have been considering picking up a GPS to take along on hiking trips. not into geocaching or anything too specialized, just looking for a middle of the road kind of unit to keep track of my routes etc. i'm a complete newbie to GPS gadgets, but not scared to spend some time learning it. if there is a place on these forums that have this kind of info, i couldn't find it... so if it's been covered, please point the way. thanks

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    I went with the Garmin Etrex Legend HCx. It's twice the price, but has 10 times the features and accepts micro chips to expand the capability. I bought the "Alaska" chip to install a great set of Topo maps. I use it snow machining and it works great.

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    I'm not looking for anything too advanced, just to use for some novice hiking. Thanks for the comments!

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    For your application you will do fine with an eTrex model. Pick the highest one that you can afford.
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    good advice for thei highly recommend the Natl. Geographic Alaska TOPO software and maps to go along with it. Playing around with just the maps will help you learn GPS-related skills

    i like my etrex summit.

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    I've owned bare basics and some slightly higher end models. I really liked the eTrex Legend. I now have a Garmin Dakota 20. The Garmin Oregon's pretty awesome but was over $100 more, so I went for lower resolution and a smaller screen.

    Whatever you do, I'd strongly recommend getting one that has a USB port. It's very handy to upload and download waypoints. Main reason is that it saves a ton of time if you have map software.

    The Dakota/Oregon touch screen is pretty nice vs. the mulitple buttons on the eTrex units. However, I don't think it's worth much extra money if you're on a tighter budget.

    If you're just looking to waypoint where you start and put a few bread crumbs down so you can get out in an emergency, the eTrex H will work. However, the eTrex H is a gateway drug, you'll want something with more features when you start using it, then you'll end up spending even more money in the long run.

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    Thanks for the advice and opinions!

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    Question Got the GPS, now what?

    Hello Folks,

    Not trying to hijack this thread, but once you have a good GPS, then what? I have a Garmin GPSmap 60csx and love it. Have used it for the last 3 years and it is really handy, but I have no topo software for it. I have been reluctant to buy because I do not know what the right thing is I guess. My unit has the micro SD card so I can add storage capacity and it has a USB hookup as well. Anyone able to offer up suggestions? Your help would be much appreciated!
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    Use Garmin's Mapsource programs. You want the Topo maps, NOT the streetmaps. The best package for most outdoor types is the Topo DVD with the entire country in it.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?...229&pvID=29597
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