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  • Garmin foretrex nad27 utm display
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    01-30-2012, 03:40 PM
  #21
Trained
I think it is called map quest. It came on a CD with the GPS.
     
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    01-30-2012, 03:44 PM
  #22
Green Broke
I am figuring out the garmin foretrex 301, Finally figured out how to upload to google maps and overly your route, all fine and dandy once you get home, still have no idea how to use the thing to actually get back home to begin with. But it is working as a speed/ distance log.
     
    01-30-2012, 03:57 PM
  #23
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Green Broke
Joe, do those models do trails? I have a page on mine where I can see bearing and heading and that is how you navigate with them. It has been a blast learning!
     
    01-30-2012, 04:34 PM
  #24
Green Broke
Yeh I got a little dude with dotted lines, but the screen is so small I don't see it doing much good. If I set a waypoint I can navigate as the crow flys back to the waypoint. Somehow its sposed to do backtrack. Like I said NO FRIKKING DIRECTIONS ! That's ok pretty much all I need is distance and average speed.
     
    01-30-2012, 05:45 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Okay, here's how I like to use mine.

Buy a paper topo or Nat geo trails illustrated. The trails illustrated has grid lines based on Universal transerse Mercator or UTM. UTM is similar to what the military uses to call in an artillery barrage and used with the gps can be a very accurate positioning system.

So set the gps to UTM, and the datum to what the topo is drawn to, usually NAD27.

UTM is a metric grid, and based on 1000 meter by 1000 meter grid.

I take the coordinates in UTM and then place myself on map using the coordinates and the grid system.

Easy. Much, much easier than using lat/long.

Using the UTM/MGRS map coordinate system

All I really want from my gps is the coordinates. Every thing else is just nice features.
     
    01-30-2012, 06:24 PM
  #26
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Green Broke
Joe, what we did was follow the trails - some getting off the trails and just going as the crow flies but a lot of following trails and sometimes going in the wrong direction as the trails went in a wide arc to go around deep places but we got there eventually. Learned a BUNCH by just going!
     
    01-30-2012, 06:37 PM
  #27
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Green Broke
Joe, what we did was follow the trails - some getting off the trails and just going as the crow flies but a lot of following trails and sometimes going in the wrong direction as the trails went in a wide arc to go around deep places but we got there eventually. Learned a BUNCH by just going!
     
    01-30-2012, 09:03 PM
  #28
Trained
The software that I used to record tracks that I have been on is called MapSource. It came with the Garmin.
     
    01-30-2012, 09:16 PM
  #29
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Green Broke
Ok... I am going to check out MapSource. I use Connect.Garmin, Basecamp and EveryTrail.
     
    01-30-2012, 09:18 PM
  #30
Trained
As far as I know, I don't have those programs. I just put the software that was in the box on my computer.
     

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