New Series! And a couple discussions..
Hey guys and gals, just wanted to share an update and ask some questions as well. Feel free to chime in..
My first series, Rahmarche Connection, was published today, and I'm very excited to have some fellow cachers get out there and sweat their faces off like I did on the three trips I made to place them. It's a 6-cache series in West Little Rock that I have been researching and planning for over a month. If you love hiking and exploring forestry, then you'll have a blast. The first two are not hard and bring you into the series nicely, showing the cacher that there will be some variety with the hides and containers. Don't be afraid of the parking waypoint...those of you who live in this area know that it's used for this many-a-time, just don't leave a "for sale" car there! The LRPD has no issue with parked cars for people enjoying the area, only with cars left for advertising. If you have a truck, feel free to park on the gravel adjacent. The rest of the information and details can be found in each cache's description, starting with this one: http://coord.info/GC4E8E8 - I hope you can make it out there to learn a little about the area and find some great caches in the meantime! If you have any questions or concerns with the series, please ask.
As for the questions...
I use my Samsung Galaxy SIII for geocaching, no official GPS device. This is a top-end smartphone and usually is spot on with navigation and coords. You should also note that this means I use the Android rendition of the Geocaching app by Groundspeak. It has its own pro's and con's compared to the iOS app. One of which is the live map - there is none on the android app. Not a big deal, just bringing it up for discussion. The second is a bit more frustrating. There is no way to grab my exact coordinates from the Geocaching app; when placing caches, I have to use another app (C:Geo) to grab my device's exact coordinates, and they are not always precise and vary even while standing still. This leads me to spending a lot of down time on a physical laptop on Google Maps, making sure that the coordinates are correct and correspond to the placement of the cache, as well as measuring distance between two points (no ability through app). I end up taking screenshot after screenshot on my phone of where I am in relation to roads, landmarks, and other caches when I place my own - then having to make sure the coordinates that C:Geo gives me overlap with the location that the Geocaching app says I am at. This brings me to a few questions:
What app(s) do you use for Geocaching?
What do you use to obtain precise coordinates, and use simple functions like distance measurement?
Would you suggest an actual GPS unit alongside my smartphone? If so, what are your opinions on products on the market?
I have not considered buying a GPSr unit. I view them as too expensive for the simplicity of what they do. Even the ones that can only be used for JUST geocaching are $70+, and have poor build quality, terrible interface, and not even a color screen. We're not in the 90's anymore, I simply can't rationalize paying that when my smartphone can put it in the dust. Regardless, I am sure there are some pro's and con's I am not considering. So, those of you who use these units, fill me in on some information if you will.
Two more random questions:
Where can I find ammo containers?
Where can I find small jewelry bags? I need to use them to protect logs, but nowhere I've been sells them, and if they do, they are usually too large.
Thanks geofriends, I'm sure more discussion will be sparked later.