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Q&A How far per record will a stationary GPS unit "travel"?

If you have tracking set on your GPS device and you forget to turn it off overnight, for instance, the track distance will continue to increase even though the device is not moving. What is happeni...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Where can I find resources to find user-contributed GPS tracks?

For trip planning and navigation during my outdoors trip, I would like to load a track into my GPS (or GNSS) receiver. Where can I find websites that gather user-contributed GPS tracks?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A E-ink device with GPS for maps?

I've been using various map apps with offline storage on my smartphone(s) for several years now. The main problem with them is the battery drain. I've searched for e-ink devices with GPS but only f...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JollyJoker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to delete Geocaches from a Garmin etrex without plugging it into the computer?

My GPS (Garmin extrex 20) will not connect to my computer anymore (via USB), and therefore I cannot access the GPX folder of the device where Geocaches are saved. As a solution, I would like to sa...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Stockfisch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Systematic and random error of GPS or barometric altimeter. How to optimally use GPSMAP 66s?

A barometric altimeter is supposed to be more accurate than a GPS altimeter in the relative sense (total ascent, total descent, during stable weather), but may have considerable error in the absolu...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Navigation device with offline maps and GPX support

I have a subscription service from komoot for maps. Is there any GPS device that supports offline maps and GPX, preferably with android OS integration. Example scenario would be: Use an android bas...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mohammed Shameer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the Battery Life of the Garmin InReach Mini enough for a 2 week trip?

I am going hiking for 2-3 weeks with no possibility of charging the battery again. Assuming I only turn the InReach on only once a day to send a "I'm ok"-message and then turn it off again, would t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user5227744‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Help me interface these two nautical devices

I'm crew on a boat (wooden 8.5m from 1973) which has a GPS and a tiller pilot that seem to work fine separately, but don't seem to want to talk to one-another. My captain is adamant this combinatio...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by KlaymenDK‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Any actions to take with GPS rollover?

For those of you who haven't noticed, your GPS may have become a time traveler this week. Background The GPS system was invented in the 1980s and uses an epoch of Jan 1, 1980 as the starting poin...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking for a simple gps tracker with long battery life

I like to track the path when I cycling or hiking (e.g. this). Now I use my phone for this purpose which is totally inconvenient because of the battery. So, I looking for something which can track...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kharandziuk‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does the Garmin GPSMAP 66 "SOS beacon" function do?

According to the Garmin website, the Garmin GPSmap 66 includes an SOS beacon: These devices include an LED flashlight and SOS beacon that can be used to signal for help. They are thin on deta...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What format should I use to report my location to emergency responders?

Suppose I am out in the wilderness and an emergency arises. I have an accurate fix on my location (from GPS, map and compass, astronomical observation, etc...). I manage to get in touch with emer...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Nate Eldredge‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Device with very accurate GPS location

I've already read this and this to get some background knowledge on GPS tools, but I'm still left with some questions: Is there any way I can get a device that consistently provides accuracy to w...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by AegisCruiser‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How best to hold/aim a Garmin InReach for satellite messaging?

On a recent camping trip, I was having great difficulty sending messages with a Garmin InReach. I was in a woods with a moderately thick canopy overhead, but next to a small river so I could step o...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dr Marble‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I get a GPS location for this tree on a distant hillside?

I want to hike to the base of this tree (circled in red in the photo). That's a hillside full of full grown trees beneath it, and it looks like over a full tree's height sticking up above the other...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by jdmcnair‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a smartphone or dedicated gps receiver better for navigation in the desert?

For most backcountry navigation I use a topo map and compass when necessary. Generally I'm following known trails and combined with some basic awareness of cardinal direction and land features I do...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Navigational gear worldwide

Is there any difference in navigational equipment between the northern and southern hemisphere? We live in the northern hemisphere but will be emigrating to the southern in the next few weeks. We'l...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Sirex‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Anti-theft tracking device: how to configure it to deal with the battery?

I'm planning to buy this GPS Tracking device, to place it on my boat. I don't need to track my boat coordinates while sailing. I need to be alerted when my boat is stolen. Therefore, I need this de...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by aneuryzm‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How long is the battery life of a GPS tracker, when used to detect motion only?

I was looking at GPS Trackers such as Spark Nano 4.0. I wanted to apply one of these devices inside my boat to exclusively use it for motion detection in case of theft. The battery life of this de...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by aneuryzm‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Transfer data from Suunto Ambit2 without Movelink

I am testing my new Suunto Ambit2. Great watch! I like the way it can be configured and the analysis of the data! However, I am a little bit surprised to see that the software solution from Suunto ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Giomsen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS data management software

Is there any good software to manage GPS tracks and POI efficiently that you would recommend? My dream would be an offline computer based (macOS and Windows) software, with a modern GUI, which allo...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Giomsen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS Altitude Anomalies

On a recent run which crosses the Humber Bridge my GPS watch seems quite confused by my altitude as I crossed the bridge, as if there is an 8m shear drop half way with the south side being lower. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by David Spillett‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Gaia GPS inaccurate for distances?

In a previous question, I had asked for help in finding a GPS app with certain features. That led me to find Gaia GPS and it has been great, no complaints. However, I had a situation recently. I f...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Unknown Coder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Geocaching: How important is having a dedicated GPS device instead of a smartphone?

I'm thinking about getting into geocaching with my girlfriend, as it sounds like an activity that we'd both enjoy a lot. However I really don't think that I want to buy a dedicated GPS device if a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by fgysin reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a mobile app to easily send a SMS message with coordinates?

A couple years ago I have traveled to rather remote areas alone on multi-day hikes and the cell phone coverage was poor. During my hike I wanted to let someone know about my progress (the tracking ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Vince‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A When considering GPS battery life where are the best options?

I believe the 3 main options for portable GPS currently are: Dedicated GPS unit Smart Phone GPS Watch They all have somethings in common, and each have other considerations also. For this que...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What free/open source maps can I put on my Garmin etrex vista HCX for walking in southern spain?

Are there any maps available that would be useful for walking off-road in southern spain that I can use with my Garmin etrex vista HCX?

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Taking only the part that I need from OSM to my Garmin

I'm just buying my Garmin and I'm looking for maps for geocaching. I'd like to select Bavaria, or a part of it. Under the link: User: Computerteddy (Wiki). I've found the map for the whole Germany...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS unit for road cycling and mountaineering

I am looking for a GPS device for road cycling (road navigation and gpx tracking) and mountaineering (topo maps, compass, barometric elevation / pressure). I am finding no products explicitly marke...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Bennet‭

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Q&A Garmin Etrex 10

I just got an etrex 10, and I am using it mostly for geocaching. When you are navigating to a geocache is there a way to see your distance from the cache? I know the geocaching app has this.

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by jqueryguy67‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A IOS Map App that creates routes by tracing a path?

I've been using a topo app on the PC for years that lets you, among other things, trace a route on the map with the mouse, then it gives you the distance and height profile for that route (even tur...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Thunk‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to use Suunto Ambit3 R with multiple heart rate monitors?

I have a Mio Link – a sports wristband that can measure heart rate at the wrist and transfer it to a mobile phone or sports watch – and I got a heart rate monitor (HRM) belt that came with my Ambit...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by inf3rno‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Programmable handheld/wristworn gps

I am looking for a small programmable gps unit with a simple LCD display. I want the gps to work in two modes: Display geographic (degrees north and east) position coordinates. Display position o...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Andy‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where do you get GPS tracks (hikes) for southeast Asia?

I'm trying to find websites providing GPS tracks for southeast Asia. I'm mostly interested in hiking but other activities would also be interesting. So far I only bumped into 2 interesting websit...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Adrien Be‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded

There are quite a lot of questions concerning GPS device usage, however I couldn't find any specific information on more passive usage (as in waiting for rescue). Say I have a watch and a phone wh...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by G.Rassovsky‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to record 2-day trek track when Garmin etreX 20 has limitation of 2000 points?

There is a limitation of 2000 points in Garmin etrex 20. I have bought it recently and have not used it for a real trek. As far as I know when you reach the 2000 points limit and want to save it, t...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by ALH‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to rate a walk/hike by length, height gain, etc using analysis of GPS data?

I have GPS data for a few hundred walks/hikes/treks. I would like to grade the walks by toughness, say from 1 (easy) to 10 (hard) Is there a mathematical formulae I can use? Just using statistica...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Andrew Murphy‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS navigation device or app that allows entry of UTM coordinates?

I would like to start being a little more active by getting outdoors more. My state offers a "water guzzler" program that puts water in remote locations for wildlife. They also publish a large atla...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Unknown Coder‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Stability and ergonomics of Garmin Etrex 20

I'm thinking of buying Garmin Etrex 20 (or 30) for geocaching purposes. I've read reviews in internet, and after that the issues with ergonomics and stability makes me worry, if that device will be...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A What specific features should I take into account when buying GPS device for Geocaching?

I've been geocaching using Android smartphone, but it slowly becomes unsatisfying. The battery time of Android smartphones is too low, I need to minimize time I'm walking with device on, because ba...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A Geocaching or alternative game/activity to learn the basics of GPS navigation in terrain

We are 5 friends on vacation. Each of us has a smartphone but most have no experience with GPS. If we were only 2 or so I would suggest geocaching for getting practice. But with 5 it would just lea...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user829755‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A I'm a data geek and I want to buy a watch for running, what should I get?

I would like a watch that would give me access to the raw data it records. Not some magic transfer to the cloud where graphs are built on the fly for me. The data-points that I'm interested in ar...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Paul Irofti‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to select a good GPS receiver?

What should one look for in the specifications to determine whether a handheld purpose-built GPS receiver provides good navigational consistency under reasonably normal, low-speed conditions? Highl...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS topo map downloads

I know the USGS and many others offer free downloadable raster topo maps for almost anywhere. But what if I want vector maps using GPS coords? I'm new to GIS but I would assume there is a de fac...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by themirror‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A Reattaching waterproof rubber on GPS

The black waterproof rubber seal round my Garmin etrex h has just started to peel away, and while not a major issue at the moment I don't really want to use it in the rough when it's waterproofing ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any cheap 1:25K electronic maps for the UK or Europe?

I have looked at offerings from MemoryMap and Anquet, but once you scale beyond a small area they become prohibitively expensive.

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Chris Ballard‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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