[cdt-l] Which GPS?

joseph beals bealsjw at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 16 08:37:26 CST 2006

I haven't done the CDT yet, however I have done alot
with map and compass.  What I had planned to do, was
take my GPS along try like hell to NOT use it and if I
hadn't used when I got to my first resupply I would
mail it home  - Joe

--- FJ <ephja at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Oh, the GPS question.  I remember posting a my
> question about whether to use a GPS or not.  Now I
> get to weigh in on the issue speaking from
> experience.
> I chose to take a GPS on the CDT until I lost it
> along Hell Roaring Creek.  However I rarely used it.
>  I wanted to use my map and compass skills along
> with my surroundings to get me through.  I felt more
> comfortable with those.  I didn't want to be
> checking the GPS all the time.  With Ley's maps and
> the CDTS guides, I felt like I had all I needed.  I
> also felt that I was more in control of things this
> way rather than following an electronic carrot so to
> speak.
> On the rare instance when I did use the GPS, it told
> me what I already knew...I was not where I wanted to
> be.  At those times, I did use Ley's system to
> figure out where I was exactly.  Once I knew that, I
> was able to assess the best way to get back to the
> trail or where I wanted to go.
> Most of the GPS units out there will fill the
> purpose of how I used it.  If you want maps loaded,
> that is a personal choice.  One advantage to having
> maps downloaded onto the unit is that the names of
> some springs, peaks and passes are loaded also.  You
> can search by name for them and then navigate to
> them without knowing their lat/long location.
> If you do go with the GPS 60csx, you won't be
> disappointed.  It acquired a strong, steady signal
> even inside buildings.  However, as Disco said, tree
> cover is not usually an issue.
> Best of luck ===> sidewinder
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: chris G <chgeth at yahoo.de>
> To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 11:02:53 AM
> Subject: [cdt-l] Which GPS?
> After reading Yogi's book I have decided to buy a
> new
> GPS for the CDT. I want a GPS that can load the US
> Topo Maps - therefore I can't use the Garmin Geko
> 201
> that I already own.
> After visiting several outdoor shops and studying
> Garmin's website I have already narrowed the
> decision
> down to 
> - Garmin etrex Vista CX
> - Garmin GPSMAP 60 CSX
> The etrex is lighter, has a longer battery life and
> is
> a lot cheaper than the GPSMAP 60. The only advantage
> I
> can see in the GPSMAP 60 CSX is the much better
> SirfSTAR III receiver, that has much better
> reception
> under tree cover, in valleys, etc. 
> But do I really need that? Are there reception
> problems on the CDT? Maybe I am too scared, but I am
> not really good at navigation....
> Thank you for your opinion!
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