I am very prone to getting lost and it's hindered my gold detecting quite significantly so I've been trying to find a really good solution to my problem, I've tried various GPS mapping software but not found anything that really suited my possibly unique needs. I'm planning a gold prospecting trip to a spot I've been before with Kiwijw a couple of times and had some pretty good success there, especially Kiwijw with his gold finds so I've been wanting to go back for some time but been a bit hesitant to go alone.
What I've been wanting is software that tracks my steps and lets me follow them back so I can make my way back to my car.
Today It appears I've found what I need, Alpine Quest for Android
It has a feature "Track your path" which is perfect for me. http://www.alpinequest.net/en/help/v2/tracker
It has a free trial so I plan to give it a shot and hope for the best. If it works I'll be able to go anywhere knowing I'll find my way back.. I'll keep you updated.
.......... The Ordnance Survey TRAIL
Here's what i found:
1. Software is utter useless tosh! Error messages, jerky movements, sluggish. Im tech savvy - But this thing takes a computer programmer to operate.
2. The touch screen doesnt react. There made to last and take knocks, but still you cant move the screen to look at your maps.
3. Mine turned up faulty with rubber joystick not allowing me to look left.
4. Price is stupendously high for a piece of poo.
5. Signal takes an age and a half to lock on.
6. WIFI takes an age to sync, other times it never will. (That was the last straw).
7. Compass is the worst i have ever used. Never, even after calibration does it show a true heading. Spoke to customer service and they said there not too reliable. Hang on ..... Dont I rely on the compass to find my way around on foot?? He sounded confused ... and again this was the last straw.
I now have the Garmin Montana 680. AND ..... Its bloody brilliant. Review to follow 😉
By Noah (FL)
EDITED.........For a first timer just doing some experimental nugget hunting would it be worth a GPAA membership for access to the claims or just doing some research and hunting BLM land? Will be in Phoenix visiting a friend after a work trip that ends in Vegas. I am entertaining renting a car instead of flying and trying my luck for nuggets along the way!
What group/club is best for AZ or NV gold detecting claims??? First time detector prospector looking for a nugget!!!
Relic/coin hunter from Florida planning a vacation. Thanks
My "Old Faithful" Garmin GPSMap 60CSx appears to be reaching the end of its serviceable life, after years of being dropped on rocks, bikes, down slopes, drenched, fallen into rivers, taped onto dogs, and being the point of contact on its bike mount between Terra Firma and myself head over heels on my mountain bike. Starting to malfunction a tad if you can believe it! Can't say enough good about it - some of the best money I ever spent bar none :)
I do a ton of work with Google Earth plotting targets, claims and such. My stompin' grounds are devoid of cellular data, so any device that is DetectorProspector approved and might have some capabilities for satellite imagery, overlays - I would really appreciate guidance.
Really 2 topics here. I am interested in what kind of boots you folks use while detecting. I prefer metal free and currently use a pair of Keens but the sole is already starting to delaminate and they have less than 60 hours out and about. I know they are good about replacing them, or so I have heard, but I would really like something that will hold up reasonably well and won't give me that falsing that can happen when I forget about metal in boots. I ran into a Border Patrol agent who said he uses a boot called Vibram Rocky that has no metal and stands up to the terrain down here in Yuma by Sea (sorry Condor, I can't resist repeating your catch phrase). Comments or new ideas?
2nd question is about a standalone GPS unit that folks use. I have an old Etrex but would like something a little newer and if possible it will accept Google Earth images/KML files so I don't have to try to redo all the points I have saved to my places and the special MRDS and other KML layers I've accumulated.
Any info is appreciated and I know from experience that somebody out there is bound to learn something from these topics besides myself. Thanks in advance.