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    Quote Originally Posted by DooTrax View Post
    I just loaded easy gps is this a good program to use? Ordered a Geocaching book from speak easy. Can anyone recommend what else to use.

    To be honest for me it was mostly trial and error . . . that and asking lots of questions about geocaching.

    I remember when I first started and I didn't realize you could punch in a waypoint with the coords . . . instead I would look at the coord screen and walk forwards, backwards or sidewards in an effort to get the numbers to match up to the waypoint listed at geocaching.com. Of course I have a Magellan (actually two) GPSr so now I still do the "dance of the geocachers" even with the plugged in coords.

    As I said, for me it was simply going out and learning as I went . . . started out with easy rated caches and then progressed to the more difficult caches. I didn't set out my own cache until I had found something like 25 or 50 . . . by then I knew what I did and didn't want to do with my own cache.

    As I progressed I learned to come here or the forums at gc.com and ask questions . . . or you could go to an event and ask questions. The key thing is to ask questions.

    The nice thing is that the County has several active geocachers and there are some great caches up there . . . one of my all-time favorite caches was one I found at Loring at the site of the old Phish concert.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DooTrax View Post
    I just loaded easy gps is this a good program to use? Ordered a Geocaching book from speak easy. Can anyone recommend what else to use.

    Try GSAK. It's very intuitive and easy to use. Free to evaluate for 21 days.

    When you get ready to go "paperless" look into cachemate.

    Plus there is lots of other software out there to fill every other nook and cranny of the geocaching niche. People here will be happy to answer question regarding software plus answer any other questions you may have.

    I've also heard that kittens taste like chicken....hmmmmm.....;-)

    Cache On!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurs*-R-*Fun View Post
    Try GSAK. It's very intuitive and easy to use. Free to evaluate for 21 days.

    When you get ready to go "paperless" look into cachemate.

    Plus there is lots of other software out there to fill every other nook and cranny of the geocaching niche. People here will be happy to answer question regarding software plus answer any other questions you may have.

    I've also heard that kittens taste like chicken....hmmmmm.....;-)

    Cache On!!!!!
    I agree! (Expect for the chicken flavored kittens!)

    GSAK can be very intimidating at first. One step at a time with that one. Have you signed up on Geocaching.com to be a premium member? It is well worth the 30/yr. and you get the benefits of pocket queries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DooTrax View Post
    I just loaded easy gps is this a good program to use?
    Easy GPS is a good starter program, but you might as well jump right in and get GSAK (which has been mentioned - with a link). It's extremely complex, but it will do anything you want, and you'll soon find that you need more capabilities than Easy GPS, anyway.

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