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Garmin 60csx

New postby erik7181 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:30 am

Hi,
I just bought a new garmin 60Csx. Its my first handheld outside the military.
I was not aware it did not have topographical maps, so I have to buy them.
I'm going to buy the preloaded SD card. But does anyone know which is the best ones to buy, do I get the north east maps? I will only be hikeing in the catskills. Thanks. Erik
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Re: Garmin 60csx

New postby mike » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:04 am

Buy the 24k Northeast Map. Rich K just bought one. Maybe he can tell you more.
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Re: Garmin 60csx

New postby erik7181 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:52 am

I bought the one preloaded on the SD card. so when it comes i just pop it in and its done or is there a whole process to it?
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Re: Garmin 60csx

New postby erik7181 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:46 pm

Got the pre loaded SD card with the pre loaded topo northeast maps. It is well worth the money, and although i haven't used it on the trail yet i will be using it this coming week so i will keep everyone posted. But for anyone thinking of getting the Garmin 60csx, it is a great GPS for beginners. and the topo maps are a must have and seem worth the money ( $100)
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Re: Garmin 60csx

New postby rkugel » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:58 am

Hi Everyone,

I recently bought the Garmin 62S and the 24K Northeast map. Overall, I'm very happy with the unit, but there are a couple of caveats you should be aware of:

1. The unit is NOT intuitive. Try to hook up with someone who is experienced with GPS units for assistance. I was very fortunate in that I met up with Mike, who took the time to show me the ropes. Without Mike's assistance, I would have been lost (literally and figuratively...). Even worse, the instruction manual is worthless and Garmin's customer support is terrible. I called the 800 number with a few questions. The guy was terse (borderline rude) and refused to assist me unless I uploaded the latest firmware. Ridiculous!!

2. I agree purchasing the 24K Northeast map is essential. However, please be advised the maps do NOT show trails! You read correctly. They are mainly contour maps and that is all. I was VERY disappointed after meeting up with Mike for a day of hiking only to find the unit did not show a single trail in the entire North/South Lake region and the area around KHP.

Please do not consider my points to be reasons not to buy a GPS. In spite of the disappointments, I'm glad I have it, and I now feel a bit more "empowered" when I bushwhack.

Rich
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Re: Garmin 60csx

New postby Jon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:38 pm

I was given a Garmin Etrex HC from a hiking buddy of mine who "just couldn't figure the damn thing out".
He didn't have the instruction manual, or the Garmin Disc, or any topo maps for it.

As a hiker that doesn't have a lot of money, I couldn't spring for the maps on the garmin site, or spend the $30 for them to send me a replacement disc.

I wound up scouring the internet and found http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
After a few how-to pages,they give a workaround to get the Garmin software. There are also several sets of topo maps for every region of the country. I now have topo loaded on my Venture HC, and a nice way to download my tracks to the computer for future analysis.

I'm not advertising this site, I don't think they even sell anything ( i sure didn't pay any money) I'm just saying if you don't want to spend tons of money, there are other topo solutions out there.
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