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September 17, 2010
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JLS-AMP wrote:

Hope I didnt waste any money like on the triton when they suddenly stopped supporting it.

Time (or Mitac) will tell

September 17, 2010
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Bought a GC took it today. Works fine but a bit slow. The colorado 300 had already taken us to the cache and the GC was nearly there.

Not sure it would be something that would be used alone. Its a nice little unit with great paperless caching features but the navigation needs some tweaking.

Might give it to my daughter and I will keep using the Colorado 300 and Legend HCx.

Hope I didnt waste any money like on the triton when they suddenly stopped supporting it.

September 11, 2010
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Well, the truth is, the GC was designed and is pointed at those who are interested in Geocaching but don't want to drop $400 to $600 on a GPSr and to be honest, it is a fun little machine and the paperless caching on it is awesome. We went out on ATVs a couple of weeks ago to do a power run and logged 160+ finds in a day and when I got home I plugged the GC into my laptop and transferred the logs into GC.com and it took me about 15 minutes to log all of them, because everything was already entered in the field - my friend with the Garmin 62sx was so jealous! Now I do have to admit that my main GPSr that day was the Triton 400 mounted on my handle bars of my Quad and I had my Triton 1500 in the case on my belt with Satellite maps loaded on it, but I still used a the GC for a good part of the day. But there is more coming!

Remember that Magellan is coming out with the 510, 610 & 710 in a few months for the higher end market. I got to see the 710 at the Magellan CITO events in Hollywood and I personally believe that there are going to be some truly surprised people when these units hit the streets!

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September 10, 2010
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You could do that with the Tritons. Insert an sd card with the bootable files and you could boot into a slightly different OS.

September 10, 2010
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As far as the animation goes, when you are viewing the map, the cache appears as an icon, when you get within 10 feet (or maybe it's 15 feet) the icon gets a little glow around it. I'd just as soon turn it off (and maybe you can) as it doesn't provide me any help. I can read how close I am and don't need to extra cpu cycles to render the animation.

I like my GC, paper less is awesome, really good maps, I use it on my bike to track odometer and speed etc. But sometime, my old yellow etrex without all the bells and whistles is a nice backup. The more bells and whistles you add, the more things that can go wrong.

As a programmer and a sometime device hacker (I use an alternate BIOS on my wireless router for example) it would be awesome if there was an alternate open source bios you could run on the device. Maybe someday someone will see if they can flash it with a difference BIOS, but that's beyond my abilities.

September 10, 2010
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Thank you.

We started geocaching on a Sportrak color which was all in all a good gps unit. We tried a Trion 1500 but it was short lived because support was cut so quickly and was told no future firmware updates would be made.

Right now we use a Colorado 300 and an Etrex legend HCx.

While it looks like a fun unit, just not sure the Explorist GC would be a good replacement even for the Legend.

I hate to take the chance on it and the support be limited in the way of firmware updates to fix problems.

September 10, 2010
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JLS-AMP wrote:

Does the Explorist GC guide you all the way to the cache or does it stop a short distance away? I seem to recall an older GPS having this problem.Not sure if it was one of the Tritons or not.

I have seen reference to a "Ground Zero" animation, what exactly is this? I would really hate to be zeroing in on the cache only to see a animation 15 feet from the cache when I would want to continue seeing the arrow guide me.

And on the awards, do you only get them when you find certain caches? Or is it based on how many you find or how far your travel? Seems really dumb if it is certain caches since some could be thousands of miles way for some and be really hard or near impossible to get to.

It looks like a decent unit, but not much information floating around.

Thanks.

Sorry, I've been rather busy, but I'll jump in.

Yes the GC take you right to the cache and it actually zooms in closer than the Triton does - however, the GC has been having some problems with performance, especially at the closer zooms, however, there is are some setting that make it perform better and Magellan is working on an update to fix this issue.

As far as a "Ground Zero" animation, I've been using the GC as a side kick to my Triton 1500 & Triton 400 and I've never seen a Ground Zero animation.

As far as the awards - they vary. There are awards for certain caches like Groundspeak HQ, the Ape Cache and the Original Stash Cache, but there are also awards for reaching different amounts of find and distances travelled and for types of caches found.

The GC is a fun LITTLE unit, however, after using the Triton with custom Satellite maps and its accuracy I still have a tendency to pull out my Triton when I in the field - though after turning off the Smart Arrow on went out the other day and only took it with me and I was very pleased with it.

Hope this helps,
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September 10, 2010
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September 8, 2010
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Does the Explorist GC guide you all the way to the cache or does it stop a short distance away? I seem to recall an older GPS having this problem.Not sure if it was one of the Tritons or not.

I have seen reference to a "Ground Zero" animation, what exactly is this? I would really hate to be zeroing in on the cache only to see a animation 15 feet from the cache when I would want to continue seeing the arrow guide me.

And on the awards, do you only get them when you find certain caches? Or is it based on how many you find or how far your travel? Seems really dumb if it is certain caches since some could be thousands of miles way for some and be really hard or near impossible to get to.

It looks like a decent unit, but not much information floating around.

Thanks.

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