$50.00 Etrex Vista, Did I do good?

Discussion in 'GPS / Geocaching & Mapping Applications' started by Beerlifter, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Beerlifter

    Beerlifter Oklahoma, It's not just for Indians anymore!

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    Just purchased the above off Craigslist last nite. Still reading the manual (probably will be for the next 9 months!!). Looks like I might have found yet another hobby!! Any comments on they Garmin etrex vista model would be appreciated

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    tampajim New Member

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    What the heck is a Etrex Vista????????? :)

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    It's a GPS device for Geocaching sir. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">

    Sorry, Steve. No advice on this one. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Sad">

    Edited by - Cowboy Camper on September 10 2008 20:33:51
     
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    Suggested Retail Price: $ 214.27 USD - so yeah, you did good. Now if you don't like it, I'll give ya $50 for it :p

    It's a great one, I have the cheaper non-mapping one and love it. So get out in the woods and play with it - best way to figure it out!

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  5. Beerlifter

    Beerlifter Oklahoma, It's not just for Indians anymore!

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    Found my first cache Sunday. We had a blast! Very well hidden and camoed. Went looking for 2 others but one has gone missing and the other was unaccessable due to rain (In a storm drain!). I am for sure hooked on geocaching now!!! I don't leave home without it...lol!

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    I would say excellent find Steve. I am still using my Garmin GPS 12. Congrats on you first cache too. Once you get hooked it's hard to stop. I'm sure you are aware of http://www.geocaching.com

    Alan

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  7. Beerlifter

    Beerlifter Oklahoma, It's not just for Indians anymore!

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    Yes and little did I know there are close to a 100 caches with in 25 miles of my home!!!

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    Welcome to the club BEERLIFTER. I started Caching a little over a year ago and it really gets me closer to my kids when they help to find one. And it is a great reason to take the PU and head out for an odd weekend just to get away.

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    Steve, we've had a Etrex Legend for years and the thing has never missed a beat. It's like yours except you've got more bells and whistles on the Vista. The Legend display is monochrome but that's ok. We haven't cached with it, but the Legend bailed us out of a situation in the Colorado mountains, at night, dealing with poorly/non marked roads west of Buena Vista while heading to Breckenridge. Ours has 8 meg of memory, I think yours has 16? You got a deal on that, friend! Did you get the computer link cable with yours? If not, ours might work with yours if you ever want to mess with the Garmin map upgrades on cd. I've never done that, but it might be a cool upgrade.

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  10. Beerlifter

    Beerlifter Oklahoma, It's not just for Indians anymore!

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    Had to order the link cable from radio shack. Should be here any day.

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    I'm with you Steve, I have a new pastime, me and the kids are having a blast geocaching. I have the 'Legend'(recent purchase) and only used it on a couple of hikes so far but it's nice to have that security blanket.
    I bought a map (West National Parks) from Garmin's web site,when it arrived I decided I should have bought the national topo map. They exchanged it no problem.

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    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

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    Beerlifter: Congrats, it's a blast.

    rmassing: I'm right there with you, great times with the kids.

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    You done good!
     
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    I've had the Etrex Vista since Dec 2001. It does a good job. My only complaint is that it takes a long time to turn on and track satellites. It's also very slow when changing between pages.

    Maybe it's time to clear out its memory and start over. I have to make sure I save all my data before clearing it out.

    Anyone have suggestions on which map upgrade is recommended?
     
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    I just started looking for everything in geocaching. I haven't gone looking yet but I am so psyched. Is this a good system to have?? What are ones that aren't too expensive? I will keep my eye on craigslist and ebay
     
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    That isn't going to help speed it up. Try updating the firmware.. but you'll more likely need to upgrade your GPS in order to speed it up. The refresh rate on the eTrex Vista, especially if it isn't the newer HCx model, is pain stakingly slow.
     
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    We use a Etrex Summit HC. Love the caching. Steve we need to hook up for a few cold malty ones and some caches.
     

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