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Tip of the Day 11/18:Choosing a GPSr —Tracks

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to explain why or why not you may consider using tracking.

Look for a unit that can store a breadcrumb trail of your path as you search. Not only is this useful when you’re trying to retrace your steps to find your car if you haven’t marked it,but viewing your route can help you avoid duplicating effort when you’re hunting around at the cache site.

Most GPSr let you download and save tracks to a basemap on your computer. You can annotate these or simply store them for later upload if you plan to revisit the area. The Outlaw annotates tracks while he’s in the field,noting trails,waterways and other fine details that may not be documented in the basemap. So when he revisits an area,he knows precisely where the trails and hazards are. Few basemaps provide detailed trail information,so the ability to annotate is a plus.

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