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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Garmin Nuvi

By: Big Al

This is about the Garmin Nuvi and how you can use it for Geocaching.









WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY! !
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and learn something new.


Well I did it. I finally found out how to load Geocaches (POI’s) into my Garmin Nuvi; that is a GPS for my car for those of you who don’t know it. This is going to be a really neat way to look for some caches as we travel around. I have always been one to want to do paperless caching, but I just never got around to it. I found a site that really explains how to go paperless with my Nuvi.  http://geocaching.totaltechworld.com/   It took several tries before I finally got it to work right, but I did get it to work.

My Garmin was not listed by the model number so I chose the model Nuvi 2XXW. Mine is a Nuvi 1350T. I was able to load 500 caches into it and then as I drove around it would point me in the direction I needed to go. It also tells me how far they are from where I am. This was really a test load so I did not actually look for any with this GPS. The real test with it will be this weekend. (More to come on that in a week or so.)

To be able to load these caches I used My Pocket Queries on Geocaching.com to choose 500 caches around my coordinates. This seemed to work so I then deleted those caches and then chose some near Harrisburg, PA. My wife and I will be attending a Homeschool Conference there this weekend and when we are not at the conference we will be checking out some caches; especially the one we could not find last year.
I also chose to have the alert status active, which is supposed to alert you when there is a cache near where you are driving. I can’t wait to see if that really works. When the caches, listed as POI’s, are up on the screen you can choose one and then click go and it will take you there via your on screen map. As you approach the cache area it will then state you need to go off road. My kids thought that was great when we tested it the first time. Again, we did not actually get out of the car and try it, but we will try it soon.

When you bring up a cache it gives you the GC code, cache size, and difficulty and terrain rating. Then if you chose “Go” the Nuvi will give you the turn by turn directions to get there. This includes how far it is and how long it will take you to get there. So with this all set for our weekend event I next turned my attention to my Garmin eTrex Vista HcX. This is my back up if the Nuvi doesn’t work. After a lot of reading again I found out how to put more information into my Vista. Boy am I excited. I now can have the GC code, cache size, and hints listed. Now for some reason in my notes section on the cache screen it only gives me 30 characters. I wrote Garmin to try and find out if that can be changed. As it is right now if the hint is a long one it won’t all be listed. I know some people say just get a new GPS that can give you true paperless caching, but right now that is not feasible. Besides, I like a challenge.


2 comments:

Erika Jean said...

I use the nuvi when Im in places I don't know my way around, but with whatever model we have - it is quite tedious.

As for paperless - I use MacCaching (yey mac users!) and my trusty old ipod ( link)! It's nice because if there is one I can't find I just pull it out. It gives you size terrain type, description, hint and 5 last logs.

Kathleen Sharpe said...

I use an older NUVI that has the GC App on it for geocaching. when I am traveling or in an area I don't know it is very handy for finding my way to caches. I usually grab my handheld when I arrive at the GC but have cached with the Nuvi when my GPS died. Just set it to walking and it works great...

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