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OK, OK! I need to update this page. I originally wrote this page over a year ago and my view on the usefulness of the newer GPS receivers has changed. I still love my etrex yellow, but I have wished it could collect and display more data while I hike, and group it in a single page so I don't need to continually change from page to page. Well, Garmin's Map 60CSx had just what I was wishing for and a whole lot more. After I learn how to use my new GPSr and determine what it can and can't do I will update this page with more explanation. I have also stopped using my T2 on the trail after I trashed it last fall. Ouch! I now use my old Handspring Visor. The Visor works fine with Cachemate (see below) and if I trash it on the trail I'm only out 40 or 50 bucks. I will always hike with paper maps and a compass.

  I started Geocaching with an E-Trex yellow several years ago and continue to use it to this day. I have been tempted to purchase a GPS receiver that has more bells and whistles such as on-screen maps and electronic compass, but believe I am better served by carrying three separate pieces of equipment. The E-Trex yellow fits perfectly into my palm while in use and slips easily into a small holder on my belt when hiking. Its patch type antenna works fine in most Colorado terrain, even in heavy tree cover, holding the unit parallel will often allow the E-Trex to get a satellite lock. In addition to my GPS receiver I also carry a liquid filled compass and a topographical map ( See My Gear ). If I were to lose one, or even two, of the above items I would still have a good chance of finding my way out of the back country. Putting all your bells and whistles into the same battery driven electronic gadget might be a mistake if you don't carry a backup.

  When Geocaching I also carry a Palm Tungsten T2 with Cachemate to organize my Geocaching data and Mapopolis for road maps.
At Home I use GSAK to manipulate a Geocaching database. ( Pocket Queries)
I also use Expert GPS to map waypoints on topo maps and aerial photographs.
For Detailed Topo Maps of my state I use National Geographic TOPO! Colorado. I print my own maps on waterproof paper.