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Unread 09-09-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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What's a good handheld GPS for desert exploring?

I've recently taken up gold prospecting with a drywasher and it's going to put me in the Mojave and area's up near the Nevada desert. I'm looking for a dependable, versatile, software loadable handheld. Any suggestions?

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Unread 09-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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I like my Garmin 62s (discontinued) loaded with Garmin TOPO USA USGS 1:24,000 scale maps and rarely head off-road without it. It syncs well with Garmins software allowing you to pre-plan routes, destinations, etc. I also enjoy the "track back feature". While neither of these features is unique to my particular unit, I have found the 62s to be durable, easy to use, and light on battery usage (12 volt plug available).

I am sure there will be plenty chiming in with the necessity of having a paper map as well and I agree. The paper maps give you "the big picture" of your location and help you to see things / places that might be just out of view on your screen. Once you become proficient with a topo map and compass it adds a second layer of security and comfort to your boondocking experience.

Personally, I don't only carry them as a backup, I actually get enjoyment out of teaching my son to navigate with a map, compass, and a protractor.
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I like my Garmin 62s loaded with Garmin TOPO USA USGS 1:24,000 scale maps.

However, I also carry paper maps as well. I enjoy navigating with a map, compass, and a protractor. Once you become proficient with a topo map and compass it adds a second layer of security and comfort to your boondocking experience.
Where do you get your paper maps from? I love hiking around the Franklin Mts in El Paso and up in NM when I get the chance, but sourcing the paper maps is friggin difficult.
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I use a Garmin 60CSx. Lasts almost all day on 2 AA batteries. Its outdated now but I don't know what the newer version is.
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Where do you get your paper maps from? I love hiking around the Franklin Mts in El Paso and up in NM when I get the chance, but sourcing the paper maps is friggin difficult.
You can print them directly from the Garmin desktop software but I prefer a larger size map than my printer can print on one page.

In the past I have picked the maps at the ranger station in the area I am visiting.

However, lately, I have been ordering them from mytopo.com. I find the price is fair (about $15), great quality, customizable, and very convenient.
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Try your phone. Very cool app. Have used it from Arizona to Washington on three different phones.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...igator.license
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Try your phone. Very cool app. Have used it from Arizona to Washington on three different phones.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...igator.license
I also use Back Country Navigator. I have it loaded on my tablet and use a bluetooth GPS. You can also just use a cell phone. I think Back Country Nav is only for android. There's an app for iPhone too, but don't recall what it is.
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I use a Garmin 60CSx. Lasts almost all day on 2 AA batteries. Its outdated now but I don't know what the newer version is.
found one on CL for 150...wondering if I should get it.
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not going to trust my cell phone when I've 200 miles in the desert.
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any luck finding it? ive got about 1\8oz from coolgardie near barstow,ca and another 1\8 from crushing and panning rocks from johnson valley..thats actully more fun since you can sometimes see the gold in the rock
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found one on CL for 150...wondering if I should get it.
I've owned 3 Garmin Streetpilot 60 series (2 were stolen) and it's a great rugged unit. Caution on depending on a cell phone GPS, many depend on having a cell signal to work.
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just starting and getting ready for the cooler season. No way in hell I'm heading out there right now. 103+ and me don't mix well. Just bought a goldbuddy pony drywasher, got a garvin roof rack, containers, and all the crap that goes along with prospecting. Now I'm looking at survival readiness. As of now, I'm 1k in the hole from gear, etc. So I need to find an oz just to break even.. lol.
Im in La Mesa and will be hitting up the Twenty nine palms area in about 6 wks or so for a week . Then heading up to the Needles area and Randsburg. It's about as desolate and baron as Mars out there and wanna be prepared. Working on my gun purchase right now to. Sig 1911 .38 Ya never know what kind of tweakers are out there.
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not going to trust my cell phone when I've 200 miles in the desert.
You can download the maps for the area you are going to in advance. You can always keep your phone charged from your jeep. Phone gps works as good as any hand held gps. The maps are great. They even show jeep trails and what not. Try it you'll like it. Have never got lost using it.
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I'll check into it. I get what your saying but I'd also like something live in case I get misplaced.
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