What Kind of GPS System is Best for Geocaching?

What Kind of GPS System is Best for Geocaching?
Geocachers who are shopping for a GPS receiver will want one that is tough and ideally has a waterproof rating as geocaching can take users to a variety of different environments. In addition, battery life and accuracy should be considered. Avid geocachers may also look for features such as the ability to mark waypoints and routes or do paperless geocaching.

Garmin GPS 60

The GPS 60 by Garmin is an excellent entry-level model, however it doesn't skimp on features. The Garmin 60 is a very durable GPS perfect for rugged conditions. The casing is toughened, making it harder to break if you drop it, and it is waterproof up to IPX7, so it can be in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. This is great for geocachers who might be taking their GPS out on a boat to get to the cache. In addition, it is enabled with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), giving it accuracy to within 3 meters.


Garmin Foretrex 101

The Garmin Foretrex 101 is a wrist-mounted GPS. This is perfect for those out geocaching in terrain where they might need both hands. Like the Garmin 60, it, too, is WAAS-enabled and waterproof up to IPX7. The Foretrex 101 uses AAA batteries and, according to Garmin specs, has a battery life of about 15 hours. This type of battery is perfect for the outdoors as geocachers can easily carry a spare set rather than having to find a place to recharge their wrist-mounted GPS receiver.

Garmin Oregon 400t

The Oregon 400t is a GPS that is perfectly designed for the avid geocacher. It has the paperless geocaching feature allowing users to simply download GPX files into their GPS with information on caches instead of having to write it all down. Other features include an easy-to-use touch screen, topographical maps with a 3D map view, making it easier to visualize the terrain, and the ability to share information such as routes, waypoints or geocaches with Garmin Oregon and Garmin Colorado GPS users.


Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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