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09-13-2005, 10:53 PM
I am asking about GPS units on Mud, but I thought I would get local experainces with Topo maps. If you have experiances with local topo mats, please post and include the GPS Model unit. Screen shots would be great.
09-13-2005, 11:32 PM
Everyone has a favorite unit and each has its good features. I like the way Garmin works, especially the Garmin GPSMAP 60CS (http://www.garmin.com/products/gps60/#) (and the batteries last a decent amount of time). Many types of software can tie in with the GPS units. I use DeLorme Topo USA (http://www.delorme.com/topousa/default.asp) which can produce some amazing maps from the output of my older Garmin GPS III. The best site out there for GPS information is gpsinformation.net (http://gpsinformation.net/)
09-14-2005, 12:49 AM
Garmin V+, way over kill for my uses but it mounts up nice and has an external ant.
National Geographic TOPO! Colorado. I really like the the topos. Usu. print out the maps and load the routes into the V+ and follow along on the map. Resolution on the most GPS screens suck and I like the relibility of a paper map.
09-14-2005, 09:09 AM
Matt the Garmin 60CS is one that I am considering.
I was confused by your statement of using the output of the older GPS. I am interested in topo maps that you can load and how good they are about showing trails and topography of the region.
Romer that depends on what you mean by "topo maps". While the high end GPS units will do a topo map, they are not very detailed. For 4 wheeling they are probably accurate enough, but I am used to orienteering with the USGS 7.5" topos, and no GPS has that kind of detail. So if you want to find something large, like a mountain or road, they are adequate. If you are trying to navigate in the backcountry I strongly suggest you use the lat/long feature of a GPS in conjunction with a good topo map.
I bought he Vista C I think? It was the nicest color unit I could buy at REI, and I took it back. Maybe I have been a map and compass guy for too long. :confused:
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