Garmin GPSmap 60CSx

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve found just about all of my caches with a Geomate, Jr. GPS. Perrin got it for his birthday a few years back. It’s meant to be a kid’s GPS, or at least a beginner’s. You turn it on, and it finds the 20 closest caches, that are rated 4/4 or lower.

Besides power, it has only two buttons: one for cycling through the 20 caches, and the other for cycling through the attributes of the cache you’re currently looking at.

It boots up pretty slowly, and doesn’t have an internal compass, so you have to move around to get a direction. All that being said, it was a damn accurate GPS, and perfect for the kids and I to get started with geocaching. Sue would often bring it out along with her iPhone app because of its accuracy.

Now, as we begin to look for more multi and unknown caches, we need a more advanced GPS. The current paperless models look very slick, but at around $600, it’s not justifiable. For less than half that, I was able to get a late model Garmin GPSmap 60CSx off of eBay. I’m still playing around with it, but its geocaching functions look pretty good. I’ll being going out with the family to Den Rock Park in Andover this weekend, so that should work as a good test before Sue and I head out for a 5/5 river-based cache next weekend. Wish us luck!

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