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Unread 05-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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What GPS are you using in the TSF?

So i'm on the hunt for a GPS unit that will work well while up in the trails in the TSF.
  • What are you using?
  • What do you like/dont like about it?
  • Is there any maps to download of the trail system up there?

My budget is limited, but i'm open to any and all suggestions. I've even considered this app for the android called OruxMaps... http://www.oruxmaps.com/index_en.html ....but I have a limited data package - so not sure how that would work. GPS/Geocaching/waypoint tracking and all that stuff is kind of new to me, i've never owned a GPS unit before, so any help/advice is appreciated -Thanks in advance!

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Unread 05-24-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I used to use a Garmin eTrex but would often lose a satellite signal while under heavy tree canopy.

I saved and upgraded to what a lot of search and rescue volunteers use - the Garmin 60csx. I have not lost a signal in TSF while using this unit . Very portable, many hiking enthusiasts use the 60csx as well. I bought the mapsource city navigator map and use it for street navigation. The device has an altimeter and compass - which I sometimes use while going on a rare hike. I also like that it takes regular or rechargeable AA batteries.

My Garmin has gotten wet and has almost fallen out of the Jeep (before I purchased my Rhino mount) - takes a beating but still remains functional .

The downside - cost .
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Unread 05-25-2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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If your not worried about your data limiting package, check out GAIA GPS app. on your phone. I've got it on my iPhone and has worked like a charm.
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Unread 05-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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I use backcountry navigator pro. It is a GPS app for android. App cost 10 bucks, or maybe 20. I don't remember. But you can download all the USGS topo maps for free. After downloading the maps the phone will use them when it doesn't have servuce. I have used it a few times with no issues. Saved tracks and waypoints. Gives lots of information. I would recommend it to anyone.
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I went with the Garmin Montana 650T, It works anywhere and does everything you could ever ask for. The downside is the cost, but in the long run it was well worth it. I can use it in my Jeep on the road or on almost any trail. It uses city maps, topo maps and satellite maps (called birds eye).There is also a free program called basecamp for your PC so you can download your waypoints and tracks, plus create your own and create your own routes then re-upload to your GPS unit. So you already have a route created before you even leave home. It is handheld and mounts to your dash so you can taking it hiking or GEOtracking or anything. It also runs on a rechargeable battery, plus takes AA battery's encase the rechargeable one runs out. The other nice thing is you can use wireless to send waypoints and route's back and forth between Montana units, so you can share information with others.
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Unread 06-15-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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i'm using my android phone as a gps at browns camp, i use a app called back country navigator, it allows you to save an area of the map you want to use, so when you don't have cell reception you can still use that area of the map only. i spent some time setting up my trails on google earth. saved them and loaded them on my phone.. it works out very well
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Unread 06-15-2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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i'm using my android phone as a gps at browns camp, i use a app called back country navigator, it allows you to save an area of the map you want to use, so when you don't have cell reception you can still use that area of the map only. i spent some time setting up my trails on google earth. saved them and loaded them on my phone.. it works out very well
Sounds like a good idea!
Any chance I could get a copy of those maps?
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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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All the maps are free. Just browse, select the areas you want and download. The software itself is the only cost. Just search the app store.
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i have been trying to figure out how to send the file in the forums lol
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Unread 07-09-2012, 12:29 AM   #10
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i have been trying to figure out how to send the file in the forums lol
Got it! Thanks for the link, and the file!
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