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QOS 01-09-2011 06:40 AM

Learning to us my Garmin for the Trails
I got a Garmin Etrex Venure HC for Christmas and I am trying to learn how to use it.

I went on a short trail ride with my cousin yesterday and mapped some of the park. You can see it here:

It was a fun ride but we didn't go all the way back to the bayou. It was somewhat muddy in the woods but is was a gorgeous day for riding! We rode 4.9 miles in 2 and a half hours so we were just puttering along, stopping to smell the roses every now and then. Actually, we were yakking and bird watching! Anyone else using a GPS?

SailorGriz 01-09-2011 04:07 PM

I pretty much always carry a GPS unless I'm riding right at home. I use a Lorance, not that it matters.

Unless you REALLY know the area not carrying a GPS is kind of silly, IMHO. And, even if you DO know the area it's possible to get lost should you run into problems and have to find your way home after dark. So, carrying one is, I think, a generally good idea.

I've used it for plotting trails when ATVing but not when riding a horse. It's kind of fun to be able to see exactly where you went!

QOS 01-09-2011 05:44 PM

It is fun! I was looking at all of the areas we have rode in the park and want to track them all for distances. We are hoping to get an ACTHA ride out there and it would help to know actual distances. One of our trail riding buddies is going through paperwork to rent the stables at the park and we hope to make this a destination for people to come ride. The city has said it will cut trails for us so this Garmin map will help us decide where to put trails that are fun and interesting.

Walkamile 01-09-2011 06:03 PM

Isn't it fascinating to see how the actual trails lay out. I know what they look like in my mind, but when seeing them laid out by the gps, really interesting.

My husband and I starting mapping out the trails I ride a few years ago. Found that doing it late fall and winter is best, less interference with the canopy. Hoping to complete the trail system I have here this year. Love that you can see the actual mileage too, instead of a guesstimate (though that's been fairly close too, that's how I found out my horse's walk is a little over 4 miles per hour instead of the 3 our riding club gives as a guide).

Nokota 01-09-2011 06:17 PM

I used to do triathlons and have a gps that tracks time, mileage, elevation, and even has a heart rate monitor. You can download the info onto the computer and it maps out where you went. I attach it to my saddlebags so I can track how far I have ridden ride to ride, and cumulative through the year.

QOS 01-09-2011 07:24 PM

hummm...cumulative for the year? That is pretty darn cool...I wonder if mine does that? What kind do you have?

Nokota 01-09-2011 07:30 PM

I have a Garmin Forerunner 305. I say cumulative because I write down the mileage of each ride and just add it up at the end of each month. January is starting out not so hot. Low to mid 20's, snow, wind......Kind of like sitting next to the woodstove. Tough way to rack up the miles ;)

QOS 01-09-2011 07:54 PM

Awww come on...what is a little cold weather? LOL it was cold and rainy here today. It was 41 degrees at the coldest but with a Real Feel of 28 and winds blowing at 30 mph at noon. Gaaaaaa...the wind died down into the low teens in the afternoon though.

I am going to make me a log and keep track for the year. I made a ride on the 2nd of January and then yesterday so I can start now keeping a log!

rum4 01-09-2011 09:38 PM

We use a GPS due to the fact that a lot of the places we go don't have well marked trails. We all like knowing how far and the fastest that we have went on the trail ride. It also helps if the trails are poorly marked to assit you in getting back to the trailer....

QOS 01-09-2011 10:50 PM

I am looking forward to going to Ebenezer Park in Jasper and mapping the trails! I am reading the book and trying to learn more about it.

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