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Tip of the Day 12/9:Choosing a GPSr —routes

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

This is a very useful option that a lot of GPSr owners don’t use. Some receivers let you specify a sequence of waypoints to visit in the order that you choose. Since this can be arduous to program on a handheld device,you’ll probably want to create these paths on a desktop computer and then download the route to your receiver. This can make your caching trip more efficient,which is a plus if you’re going for a large number of caches.

When they were planning their record-setting 312-cache,24-hour run,the team at GeoWoodstock IV used Microsoft Streets &Trips to optimize their route and then loaded the plan into their GPSr. The record run wouldn’t have been possible without route optimization.

Routes take up memory and some GPSr devices limit their length and detail. Check the capacity of any unit you plan to buy to be sure it can accommodate several miles of programmed routes.

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