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Pondering the purchase, can you persuade us.
September 27, 2011
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artimus gordon
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I to am new to Geocaching(106 finds). I started with the Explorist 310. I will have to say that i have found it very user friendly and very good for geocaching. It has a little more capabilities then the GC that is why i chose it. Still learning the gps so some of the features i have not used very much.(but will) I would say u can not go wrong with either unit.As for the maps i am not sure. i am in the USA and the map that came with mine is good for what i am doing with it for now. Go get one and start ENJOYING Geocaching.

September 26, 2011
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Poly Hive wrote:

Hi to everyone,

we are in the UK, in the east midlands and are brand new to geocache, total virgins in fact, ...

Sorry, I can't help, I have never been very successful in persuading virgins. 😉

geocaching name: cindy&randy
I (Randy) am the guy, and therefore entitled to hold and control the TV remote and of course the GPSr.
September 23, 2011
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Hello Poly Hive;

Welcome to Geocaching and this forum.
Without knowing how much money you can spend on a new toy I would say that the Explorist GC or the Explorist 310 would be a good choice for a first GPS.
They are both very good basic units.
The GC comes with a basic map, I have met several people new to geocaching using a GC to find their first caches.
The 310 is a more advanced unit, you can have better maps on it and it has more features than the GC.
I would recommend the Exporist 310, it's easy to learn how to use and is not too expensive.

A good idea to get started with Geocaching is to look for an event cache nearby, an event cache is just some people getting together to meet and greet other geocachers.
It's a little weird to walk up to strangers and introduce yourself at first, but geocachers are a very friendly bunch of people and will be glad to help a new geocacher learn about the game.
Without knowing anything at all about the East Midlands (I'm in the USA)
here's a link to an event cache in North Lincolnshire on Oct. 22 - North Lincolnshire Get Together

I went to an event cache in 2004 and met 7 or 8 geocachers that have been friends ever since.

Good luck and have fun searching for treasures and adventure.

Phil

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September 23, 2011
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Hi to everyone,

we are in the UK, in the east midlands and are brand new to geo cache, total virgins in fact, not found our first one yet despite it supposedly being 200 yds away, but that is another story.

We have an Garmin etrex that we cannot make head nor tail of, although we can manage computers reasonably well.

Is the explorist a good buy for novices and can we get decent maps for the UK?

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Poly Hive.

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