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October 6, 2011
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My brother drove to NE to hike Mt. Washington which we did together. It's been a long time since we've hiked together.

He has a Garmen Etrex. His odometer was spot on at know points. The active tract on mine was fairly close but as the hike went on it was farther and farther off. The Odometer was reading a bit low right from the beginning. It definitely needs some tweaking.

He had one other feature I really liked. With just a tap he could bring up a page that showed the altitude from all three sources on the same page. You can get these readings from the Explorist but it is extremely tedious. When hiking it takes more time than I want to give.

I did notice that the altitude reading on the active tract seems to come from the GPS reading, regardless of the setting used: barometer, map, GPS for the elevation. By setting the altimeter reading for the map and switching to the active tract which I set to read with the top button, I could get two readings a bit more quickly but this I find is a bit 'Mickey Mouse.' I have an altimeter on my watch so that reading is a bit less important but I just wish this items were a bit more quickly and easily accessible.

September 24, 2011
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I did another hike today. My total mileage according to the book was 10.5 miles. The active tract gave me 10 miles and the odometer 8.4. The active tract is close enough, but I would still like to see the odometer accuracy improved.

September 20, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

Boondeck wrote:

OK, that's obviously is the way to go for a wrap up. But putting it on VP doesn't help me while I'm out on the trail and want to know how far to the next point.

I keep getting surprised with my Explorist which tells me I have 3/10 or 4/10 of a mile to go and suddenly there I am. I find my Triton (not at first but now) to often be more accurate than the book.

What "point" are you talking about?

Sorry about the delay in answering your question. I somehow missed it.

When I say the next point I am talking about the hiking guide book reference points. It will say: "From the trailhead it is 1.5 miles with the intersection of ....etc. etc. I found that after a firmware update or two my Triton had become very accurate to the point that I considered it more accurate than the book which is not perfect but close. My Ex 610 odometer runs short. 1.5 miles will register 1.3 or there abouts. Obviously by the end of a 12 to 15 mile hike it can be off by a couple of miles. I don't mean this to be an exact calculation, I know the math doesn't work out quite right there. But I'm also not sure how consistent the odometer is. Also, I have noticed that it does not correspond exactly with the Active Tract. In fact I think the Active Tract is more accurate and I have set it to open with the number one button so I can quickly check it.

I am very familiar with the White Mountain NH trails so I have a pretty good idea of what the distances should be.

September 6, 2011
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Boondeck wrote:

OK, that's obviously is the way to go for a wrap up. But putting it on VP doesn't help me while I'm out on the trail and want to know how far to the next point.

I keep getting surprised with my Explorist which tells me I have 3/10 or 4/10 of a mile to go and suddenly there I am. I find my Triton (not at first but now) to often be more accurate than the book.

What "point" are you talking about?

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September 6, 2011
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OK, that's obviously is the way to go for a wrap up. But putting it on VP doesn't help me while I'm out on the trail and want to know how far to the next point.

I keep getting surprised with my Explorist which tells me I have 3/10 or 4/10 of a mile to go and suddenly there I am. I find my Triton (not at first but now) to often be more accurate than the book.

September 6, 2011
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I never bother with the odometer because using the track to measure distance and time is easier and more accurate.
Load the track to VP and it will show you exactly where you were on the map, with a time tick for every point.


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September 6, 2011
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Touch screen - Compass - select Data Only (or maybe some other screen might work also) - Bottom-Right corner - scroll down and it's there.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

September 6, 2011
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The trip odometer, time traveled and various other fields are reset when you start a new track using the Main Menu/Start function. I have no idea how to reset the odometer.

September 4, 2011
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I compared odometer readings on my Triton 300 to my Garmin Vista HCx several times and they were close.

It will be interesting to compare the Explorist 610 and the Vista HCx to see how they compare.

September 4, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

It doesn't make a very big difference between 5 or 10 seconds.

I never bother with the odometer, I'm still unsure how to reset it.

When I hike I like to know how far to the next trail junction etc. I also like to keep a running total of my total mileage while I am hiking. Right now my Triton is very accurate. I find that my Explorist is running short of actual mileage. Perhaps that will be improved with time.

I reset the Odometer, Trip Odometer, Trip Time and Active Tract at the beginning of every hike.

I reset the Odometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Time by tapping on the Altimeter. I then tap on the menu in the lower right hand corner. This brings up the following list: Calibrate Compass, Calibrate Barometer, Altimeter Source, Reset Trip Odometer, Reset Trip Time, and Reset Odometer.

Just about everything I need for getting started except resetting the tract is in that menu.

September 4, 2011
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It doesn't make a very big difference between 5 or 10 seconds.

When I want to see the distance I've traveled I save my active track for the day and put it on Vantage Point.
As long as the unit is on when I'm moving it tracks me.
I never bother with the odometer, I'm still unsure how to reset it.
Right now my odometer shows 917 miles and my trip odometer shows 608.
Is the trip odometer showing only the mileage while I was on routes?
Is the odometer showing total miles while the unit was on?
It seems unlikely that I have traveled 300 miles with the unit on but not on a route but it may be just me going back to the truck after finding a cache. I don't create a route back, I just follow the track on the map.

So I just use the active track to figure out how far I travel.

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September 3, 2011
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Thanks. I've had my unit set for 5 seconds. Is it better to use the 10 second setting?

September 3, 2011
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The way to make it more accurate is to change the settings for 'tracking'.
If it's set for 'automatic' it will be very inaccurate.
Go to 'settings' then 'Track Logging' in logging mode the default is 'Auto continuous' tap what ever is showing and set it for 'By Time' then set the time to '10 seconds'.

That will give you an accurate track and odometer.

Go here to see a discussion about accuracy of tracking - Track Quality

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September 3, 2011
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It would be a big help to me if the odometer could be made more accurate. I seem to remember that the Triton was improved with firmware updates and I'm hoping to see this with the x10 also.

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