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post #1 of 16 Old 06-02-2008, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tried out my new GPS yesterday!

Last fall, a friend and I went riding in a state park near where we live. We got lost for a while and eventually found our way out, but I promised myself I'd never get lost again!
So, recently I bought a Garmin GPS. I tried it out yesterday using the backtrack feature, and it worked great! Does anyone else use a GPS for trails?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-02-2008, 12:24 PM
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no, but it sounds like a great idea!

did you get the one for hiking (and not the one you put in your car?)

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-02-2008, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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no, but it sounds like a great idea!

did you get the one for hiking (and not the one you put in your car?)

Yeah, it's a handheld for hiking. It's the Garmin eTrex Venture. A lot of people use it for geocaching. It's yellow (if I drop it in the woods, it'll be much easier to find!) and it has a color sceen, which I really like. I could use it for driving if I wanted to, but my main purpose was for trails.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-02-2008, 12:45 PM
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sounds cool.

i wish all of the stupid gps's i bought for my vehicles would be useful for trail riding!

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-02-2008, 12:49 PM
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Wow that's cool! :) Haha my grandmom has a Garmin...it works pretty well.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-06-2008, 08:05 PM
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No can't say I have ever thought about using it. Sounds like a really good idea actually. If I ever go out on the trails I might bring one with me just for the sake of having it.
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-08-2008, 09:59 AM
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I've never used a GPS for trails...what a good idea!!!!

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-10-2008, 01:31 AM
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My neighbor always brings hers when we go riding together. It is a pretty cool thing. :) The other day, we charted the course we wanted to take on google earth, and then brought the GPS to chart the actual trail. :) :) Modern technology is great.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-10-2008, 08:10 AM
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We use the Garmin GPS on trails all the time. I have the yellow one too for the same reason, easy to spot if you drop it.
I like messing with it to see how far we have gone and the average speed and such.
I have a little story to tell about one.
We were down in SE Oklahoma horse camping at a popular horse trails area. There were lots of other horse folks around and we all started out pretty much around the same time in the morning.
It was almost dark and about everyone had returned to camp. I was sitting in our camp when I heard a thrashing in the trees. Out came a couple on horse back all cut up and cussing at each other. They had taken their GPS but decided to just follow the arrow back to camp rather then using the backtrack on the cut trails. They ended up just coming straight down the side of the mountain through the timber to the camp. Guess the GPS got them back to the starting point but in a really painful way.
Oops I just checked, mine is blue


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post #10 of 16 Old 06-10-2008, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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We use the Garmin GPS on trails all the time. I have the yellow one too for the same reason, easy to spot if you drop it.
I like messing with it to see how far we have gone and the average speed and such.
I have a little story to tell about one.
We were down in SE Oklahoma horse camping at a popular horse trails area. There were lots of other horse folks around and we all started out pretty much around the same time in the morning.
It was almost dark and about everyone had returned to camp. I was sitting in our camp when I heard a thrashing in the trees. Out came a couple on horse back all cut up and cussing at each other. They had taken their GPS but decided to just follow the arrow back to camp rather then using the backtrack on the cut trails. They ended up just coming straight down the side of the mountain through the timber to the camp. Guess the GPS got them back to the starting point but in a really painful way.
Oops I just checked, mine is blue
Oh, ouch...not good. I definitely like the backtrack feature--I think it's the only way I'd use a GPS on the trail if I were trying to get back the way I came. As soon as I move off the "track" it shows me!
Doing what they did would definitely make for some interesting riding!
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