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Geocaching with the Garmin eTrex 20 GPS
Written by Heather Roy of Calgary, AB

The eTrex 20 takes one of Garmin’s popular handheld GPS’ and makes it better. With an easy to use interface, paperless geocaching and expanded mapping capabilities this unit has undergone some significant improvements. 

This past weekend we sent some of our customers out with the eTrex 20 to test the improvements on some geocaching adventures and here is what they had to say…

The Ummard family had a chance to play and came to the following conclusions:
Melissa found the unit was fairly easy to work with in terms of figuring what all the buttons did and how to navigate around the screen. Garmin claims this unit is built to handle whatever Mother Nature can dish and so the Ummards let their preschooler and baby “test” out the eTrex and it passed the drool, drop and play test. As far as mapping goes the Ummards did not find the basemap particularly useful. They would have preferred more detail.  They did not feel like the basemap got specific enough to make their geocaching as successful as they had hoped.

If you are like the Ummards and feel like a more detailed map is what you are looking for I would recommend adding additional mapping to your eTrex 20. With its microSD™ card slot and 1.7 GB of internal memory eTrex 20 lets you load Canada Topo maps or Backroad GPS Maps  and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads. eTrex 20 also supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps.

Schuba Family Geocaching AdventuresThe Schuba Family also went out testing the eTrex 20 on a geocaching adventure. The mosquitoes got the best of them in the end but here is what Maria had to say about their experience:
We tried out the Garmin etrex 20 for our latest Geocache adventure. I'm not very 'techy' but it was easy for me to get started.  We plugged in the coordinates of the cache and the kids thought the map was very cool!  Even better was the beeping and announcement when we arrived at the cache.  This Garmin is a great tool for this awesome outdoor family activity!

The Schubas spend a fair bit of time in the outdoors. They regularly go hiking on mountain trails so the eTrex 20’s high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction is a useful feature in locating their location quickly and precisely, even when under heavy cover.

I believe it is fair to say that the eTrex 20 will definitely enable you to take charge of your next adventure be it city or mountain caches.


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