Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Dec. 17 2001,4:57 pm
|Quote (FLMike @ Dec. 17 2001,5:49 pm)|
|I'm a geocache newbie overwhelmed by his new Garmin Legend manual. I successfully completed today my first geocache hunt. However, as I got close to the geocache my GPS bearing pointer starting moving all over the compass as did the distance indicator. While standing still near the geocache the distance indicator showed I was 4 ft., 2 ft., 10 ft., 6 ft., ... etc. What gives? Is this normal? Why does this happen?|
Yes...This is normal. It happens to every GPS on the market today. When you start getting down to a matter of feet from the cache you will start to notice that your pointer will flip/flop from time to time and that the distance will also change up and down, this mostly happens when you are standing still. The best way to go after a cache is to start walking slowly when you are within like 50 feet of it, then when you get down to less than 10 feet start depending on your eyes more than your GPS. A GPSR will track much better while walking than it will at a dead stop because it does not know your direction of travel at a stop, so it won't show the correct path to go until you start walking again. You will find also that in some tree cover the best thing to do is walk slowly into the area, and then maybe go beyond the cache several feet and wait for the needle to flip back around, once this happens head back the way it tells you to. Sometimes I have found a "X" pattern works best in rough areas.
"I Cache...Therefore I am!"