questionsanyone here into geocaching?

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There are some hunting - biking - backpacking - trail running sites that have fanatical user reviews. Unfortunately, I am citified at the moment and don't know the names of any of the sites. In your situation, I would Google around for these sites, but also go straight to the Amazon user reviews, which are normally as informative as you will find, esp for anything GPS. Just read deep into the reviews, sorted by "most helpful" to save time.

You also might check out backcountry.com buyer reviews.

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@f00l: Thanks for the tips, my googlefu is strong. I'm looking for insight from the community here as I "know" many of them and feel that I can trust their reviews more than some anonymous internets user who may or may not be a complete crackpot.

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I would check out the Garmin Etrex models. I have a very old, very basic Etrex. It doesn't have the bells and whistles that the newer models have, but it works well for geocaching. I load geocaching coordinates on it before we go on camping trips. The grandkids love it - my wife takes them out with the Etrex and they almost always find what they are looking for. Download the free program EasyGPS - it makes it easy to load the coordinates. Or you can load them directly from the geocaching website.

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@zuiquan: the Amazon user review setup has a mechanism whereby other Amazon visitors who read a review can vote on whether they find a given use review helpful or not. In addition, they can reply to a given review, and offer comments on any particulars mentioned therein.

So if you go to an Amazon item page, click on "view all user reviews", and on the new page, sort by "most helpful" you will often see reviews more informative than many published by professional reviewers. Furthermore, many Amazon reviewers take pride on giving high-quality comments. If you read them, you will see how literate and detailed the best of them are. This is particularly true of GPS products.

I now routinely check deals.woot reviews and Amazon user reviews before deciding about any product I've never used. Amazon has become an amazingly useful information resource. Give it a try.

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Been a cacher for a couple years. Though I'm only to about 200 discovered. Hard to cache in the snow and all.

I've always just used my Cell phone. C:Geo is a free app (On Android phones) that gets you into the system. We are always out and about and wonder if there is a cache near by. Pull up the phone, and taadaa. Not only that, you can log your visit and add any notes. You can get a similar app on iPhone but the last I checked it was $10.

I used the Oregon 450 GPS for a while. It worked great until I dropped it down a cliff face. Luckily the store I bought it from had an AMAZING return policy :)

http://www.geocaching.com/

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bogie21, I forgot to mention in my previous post that there are apps available for smart phones. I've used C:Geo and it works pretty good. When you fire it up you can just select "Nearby" and go from there. There are about 20 caches within a mile of my house!

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I have been doing this with the kids for a couple years. I use the geocaching.org app for my phone (was the iPhone 3G, now I'm using the Galaxy IIIs) has worked pretty well, usually to within about 15-20 feet, then it's time to look for geoflage, (stickoflage, or log-o-flage). Bonus, I can call for help if we get too lost.

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@f00l: But doesn't Amazon only sell books?

@bogie21, @ojulius, @sskarstad, thanks for the advice. Looks like the consensus is to just use an Android app. Maybe I can figure out a way to get my wife to agree that it's value-added for me to buy a new phone when we get to the States instead of buying a GPS and using my old phone if I can unlock it and find a network to use it on. I've just not had great luck using the GPS function on my phone here in Germany, especially in the cities so I'm not too sure how well it's going to work in the US.

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I have never been, but have wanted to try. So, I'm getting some great advice here too! I am going to look into iPhone apps as I currently own a 3GS. I will have to look into trying to find some places to do this in the Spring, as there is no way I'm trekking in the snow or cold!

It looks like it might be a lot of fun, and another way to keep me active. I already like going for walks in the woods to take pictures, this would be extra incentive!

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The question is: But doesn't Amazon only sell books?

Well I want to be accurate if I can. So.... quick visit to Amazon home page (site is back up now after brief newsmaking outage earlier)

http://www.amazon.com

Now I am logged into Amazon already with this browser, so I will see personalized content but....

Hmmm. Books. Kindles. Running shoes. Zombie target practice items. GPS's. Watches. Bluetooth headsets. Oh, I get it. All that other stuff is just enticement, so they can sell me books about running shoes, watches, and so forth. I must tell my postman, he need to know he's delivering the life of the mind to my door, not crass indulgent retail goods and techie toys!

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Seriously, geo-caching sounds like a lot of fun, and a possibly incredible family activity. Maybe someday I'll figure out how to extract a few more hours from each week.

I hope you find some cool cheap gear and have a great time.

Btw, the GPS on my Galaxy S3 is great for driving use. No experience on its accuracy for activities on foot tho.