Garmin Etrex

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The Garmin eTrex 12 Channel GPS systems is excellent if you want to know where you have been or mark the exact location of objects - something that is not always recorded accurately on maps, especially when you go outside of the UK. The eTrex GPS is useful for recording routes, either hiking, ski-touring or mountain biking. The eTrex has a computer interface so can be hooked up to one of the many mapping software systems available, CartoNav or IGN Rando in France.

The unit can be used to record waypoints and routes and is ideal for navigating in low cloud or whiteout conditions. This is especially useful on longer ski tours where whether conditions can vary a lot and early morning fog that mysteriously lifts at 11am can severely hamper navigation. Users should check that their topomaps use a compatible grid system; this is the case for most recent maps.

The etrex works pretty well in the city too, especially on the wide French boulevards. Program your restaurant, put it on the dash and follow the arrows. It works.

The eTrex can use very high capacity NiMH batteries for good autonomy.

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