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By mountainman on 02/29/2012  08:33

Hi guys, i'm new to the site.  This is my first post and i am hoping for a helpfull supportive community.

So, long story short; I'm a poor college student/part-time mechanic/first time father and I wanted a GPS for my back packing trips.  I could not afford one but, a family friwend gave me their hand-me-down garmin.  only problem is, I am having a tough time figuring out how to use the thing.  I mostly want to upload some topo maps (if possible), learn how to use the tracking feature (to track my trail, track distance, elevation changes, speed, time, etc...), and i'll need to know how to use the way point function.

I believe it's a garmin 72, but I will double check and upload a picture when i get back to the house.

if anyone has owned or owns one of these and would like to give me a quick run down on how to operate it, I would really appreciate it.

-Tom

EDIT: it's a Garmin 76s




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By erlall on 02/29/2012  09:12

Hi Tom,

You might try going on-line to see if Garmin has a .pdf of a user manual for your GPS that you might be able to down-load...  just a suggestion.




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By mountainman on 02/29/2012  14:48

thanks, i'll try that first




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By Forrest on 02/29/2012  15:56

Once you get it figured out, let me know.  I have a Garmin with the manual and I have no idea how to use it. :)




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By mountainman on 02/29/2012  16:09

i downloaded the users manual...i fiddled with it for about a half hour...i think i figured out how to erase all the old data and make a waypoint...still kinda unsure how to operate this thing without cursing.




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By erlall on 03/07/2012  07:03

Hey Mountainman,

Regarding the GPS - yea, it can take a little time to figure the unit out, but that is kind of the fun of owning one.  Now when you go out hiking, not only do you get to explore the area, you can also fiddle with the GPS and just try stuff with it. 

IGood luck!

Cheers.




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By mountainman on 03/08/2012  21:56

I might trylo throwing it in a creek while i'm in the eagle caps...still can't really figure this thing out LOL

I thought my generation was supposed to know this stuff




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By Forrest on 03/10/2012  10:25

I'm with you mountainman!  I think part of my problem with the GPS is that I do fine without it so I never really force myself to figure it out since I don't really have the need.  I guess I need to do just an off-trail cross country route to force myself to use it.




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