gps for fitness

December 15, 2014

Why Use a Forerunner For Geocaching?

Why would you want to use a Garmin Forerunner for Geocaching? First, if you’re a serious athlete, one that is already using one of the forerunners as a personal training aide for running, cycling, duathlons or triathlons, why wouldn’t you additionally use its GPS navigational features to participate in the hobby/sport of geocaching? It’s just a natural and smart addition to the uses for which you bought it.

If you’re new to the entertaining international craze of geocaching, you already own and are presently using the main and also the costliest piece of equipment needed to participate in the exciting and challenging worldwide treasure hunting game of geocaching. You can target and locate a few caches without having to purchase a new expensive GPS unit specifically for your new hobby.

Prices for handheld GPS units range from $100 and upwards to $1,000 and more. Some of the newer model GPS systems are designed specifically with the game of geocaching in mind. And, an ever increasing number of the more expensive GPS devices now have functionality specifically created for geocaching that can store all the information from Pocket Queries. Many will also store unlimited waypoints and field notes to help you log your caches after you find them.

But, all you actually need to have fun and be tremendously successful at geocaching is a a GPS device of some sort (any one with basic GPS functionality will work just fine), access to the Internet where all the treasures (caches) are listed, and, of course, a spirit of adventure.

The Garmin Forerunner models are all equipped with fundamental navigation features; you can either input the cache coordinates manually, or, on the 201, 301, and 305 models you can transfer the coordinates via software like EasyGPS. Just enter the cache coordinates and follow the directional display. Nothing could be easier than adapting your forerunner for your geocaching expeditions.

Second, if you’re a serious athlete, you are used to having your hands free. If you go after the more difficult caches, you may be going through heavy underbrush, fields, and forests, and you will particularly enjoy the convenience of having your forerunner GPS unit strapped to your wrist.

Third, geocaching is usually a group, club, or family activity. Your forerunner can be used as an additional, convenient, and welcome GPS on the hunt.

The forerunners are durable, receive signals well under cloud, tree, or beside tall buildings and they also have a battery life of up to ten hours. For beginning geocachers, the forerunners will easily accomplish the task of leading you to the cache; their main drawback for serious geocachers is that they will only store one hundred waypoints.