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Do you cache with an Internet enabled phone in your bag of tricks?
Cell phone? What's that?
7%
 7%  [ 3 ]
Yes, we love being able to check on things in the field.
51%
 51%  [ 20 ]
No, we just head out and hope for the best.
41%
 41%  [ 16 ]
Total Votes : 39


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Trekkin and Birdin
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Joined: 2007-02-08
Posts: 6102
Location: West Salem WI

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We own one old school cell phone. We don't have a data plan or 4g or whatever. We've never received notifications via phone. In other words, we load the old varmints and go. As the game changes, I'm curious to know if there are still some put there who still play this way.

Edited to add....I see old autocorrect thinks we cache with varmints. Sometimes we do, but mostly it's "Garmins."

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uws22
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Joined: 2007-07-20
Posts: 529
Location: Madison, WI

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have an iPhone and have used it to as my GPSr twice, basically just to test it out if ever I really needed it.

I used to get notifications when I lived in AZ and would race off to beat the snowbirds, but as of about 2 years ago, I don't have them sent to my phone. I can access my email from my phone, but I don't have it pop up on the screen as they arrive, I have to actually open the app and look. At first I felt like I was missing out on the new caches, even if I wasn't running out for FTFs anymore, but now it's a lot more fun to just take Laura out and explore a park. I still get the rare FTF if I happen to be sitting with my laptop and I'm not too busy, but it's not a priority anymore.

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beccaday
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:04 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Use my Garmin to hunt for the cache but I find it easier to read the cache page or a hint if I need it on my cell phone. It's handy to have both! The thing that I like using the best on my phone is being able to check the satellite image to determine the best route to the cache. You never know if there's going to be a creek in the way or a street that doesn't go through on the handheld GPS.

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Captain and Mate
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Joined: 2006-09-25
Posts: 294
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We load the cache info on our iPod touch using the Groundspeak app, but still use an old-school handheld for finding the caches.

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Run N Search
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Joined: 2010-03-07
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We load up the "varmint" from GSAK and plan an efficient route the night before, to save on gas. We can see the cache pages on the GPSR. That's all we need.

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Todd300




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Posts: 2536
Location: Menominee, MI

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I load my "Varmint" from GSAK. It does not have paperless caching but I also have a Samsung Galaxy S3, an Android phone so I use C:GEO on that and use GSAK to store caches on there for the paperless part. Very quick to access, internet not required except to log finds in the field and I don't do that.

I do get notifications in my phone but like UWS22, I don't rush out for the FTF unless it just falls into my lap and I'm heading there anyways. FTf's are not a big deal anymore. The cache will be there whether I'm FTF ot 100th to find.

Having a cell phone when caching is also great for PAF (phone a friend) when stumped on a cache in the field. I've done it a couple times.
 
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jar42
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Joined: 2009-08-23
Posts: 281
Location: Coloma, Wi.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

When I'm on my bike I use my E-trex because I have a handlebar mount for it that works quite well.
When on foot I use my Map 60.
When doing P&Gs I use my Nuvi.
I got a smart phone a couple of months ago and used it to look up a cache only once and that time only to get the cords for my Map 60.

Old habits die hard.

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grandpa_r
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Joined: 2009-08-17
Posts: 137
Location: Waukesha

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I got a smart phone last fall and would not live now without it. I love the app and it opens up another whole new way of caching. Whenever I go anyplace (especially traveling) and have some extra time I just check to see what caches are in the area. I have the Samsung GALAXY S4.
 
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sandlanders
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Joined: 2008-01-18
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Location: Adams, WI

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We just traveled out west for a week with our two great-nephews. Before going we researched some caches along our route and where we were staying each night. If we had time or made stops in those places, we looked for the caches. A few we went out of our way for.

Coming home we were short on time and changed our route a bit. We knew we would be stopping at a rest stop for lunch that I hadn't researched, so the eleven-year-old, who had his iPad along to play games on with his cousin, let me use it (they have some kind of a data plan for it) to find a couple of caches at that rest stop. Nice to have, and we got two more smileys, but if we didn't have that capability, the boys would have run off some energy without looking for any caches.

Long story short, it's nice to have, but it is not necessary for the way we cache, which we call inefficient but enough for us. No notifications, no checking in the field, just the handheld with what is loaded on it and/or any paper backup.

I do think that most serious cachers have a rugged handheld to use to find most caches, but the smart phone adds another dimension to the hunt.

(BTW, we have a cell phone that we usually forget in the car, so the only times we have used it for PAF (twice) were when our receiver hadn't loaded the coordinates we needed to use.)

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Lacknothing
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Joined: 2009-07-04
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I don't know how people cache using only smartphones. They just don't seem all that accurate to me. I use my "varmint" also and load it from GSAK. However, like beccaday, I like to use my smartphone to read cache pages (especially for earthcaches), hints and of course, the ability to load previous logs. Let's face it, sometimes it helps to go back and read all the logs. And it is nice also to be able to look up caches when you have changed a route or just find yourself in a place where you hadn't planned to be and of course are thinking, "I wonder if there is a cache here." I love my "varmint".
 
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Northwoods Tom
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Joined: 2010-12-03
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm in the same category as you Trekkin and Birdin. I still use an old Motorola V262 and have never gotten reception except on rare occasion at our home on Washington Island or at our cottage Up-North. We still use a land line at home and have no phone at the cottage. I have a minimal plan and just use it for an emergency when I travel. Many of the areas I travel in or frequent have very poor cell reception if any. I would like to upgrade but I wouldn't be able to use it most of the time. I actually use to get better reception with my bag phone years ago. Higher wattage I think.

Now my laptop, I take everywhere. I just download cache pages for the trip.
 
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raslas
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Joined: 2008-09-10
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We both have smart phones but for caching we use our Garmins. If we have trouble finding a cache we might bring out the phone and see where it leads us or might use it to check and see if a cache has been or not, but for the most part chasing FTF's is in the past!
 
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AstroD-Team
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We have three phones, all with unlimited data plans. We did download C:GEO and a GSAK file here and there, and maybe used it once.
When it comes to caching, we use a dedicated GPSr.

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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

raslas wrote:
but for the most part chasing FTF's is in the past!


Lois, this is a joke, right? Cause we've seen quite a few from you the past few days! wink

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f1rebirds
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:29 am Reply with quote Back to top

I am "New School"

Never used a GPSR, the only use I have seen for one is for the CHIRP option. Depending on the phone, accuracy is just as good as them fancy $600 Garmins (and yes I have compared). Usually just go out and wing it with Live Maps in C:GEO but if I plan on being in remote locations with poor data or I don't feel like waiting for the maps to update I will create and load a PQ for the area I'm heading to. Have considered getting a GPSR as a backup but very low priority because my Maxx HD does just fine.
Works good in car, truck, scooter, bike, boat or walking.
 
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