Walk and talk - a practical guide to the use of an Outdoor GPS Unit

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Walk and talk - a practical guide to the use of an Outdoor GPS Unit

Over the coming year we are going to produce a walk and talk each month - a practical guide to the use of an Outdoor GPS unit.

In a series of videos we look at a number of Outdoor GPS units and give a simple, practical guide on how each of them works and the navigational experience each of them gives.

Introduction video

Quick links to the GPS units in this series

- Garmin GPSMAP 65s Outdoor GPS Unit

Garmin Oregon 700 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin Montana 700 Outdoor GPS Unit

- SatMap Active 20 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin GPSMAP 66i Outdoor GPS Unit

If you have any feedback or there are any units you would like me to cover in future 'walk and talk' videos please leave these in the comments box below.

Walk and talk - Garmin GPSMAP 65s

On this walk and talk I take the Garmin GPSMAP 65s along a section of St Oswald's Way from Warkworth, on the Northumberland coast to Rothbury.

Sadly it was a wet and windy day, but what better conditions to put this top end buttoned GPS unit through it's paces.

Products discussed in this video

1. Garmin GPSMAP 65s

2. Backpack tether

3. Energizer batteries

4. 1:50k TOPO PRP map card

Training/ resources discussed in video

1. GPS Training online resource

2. GPS Training webinars

3. GPS Training courses - Garmin (nationwide)

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin GPSMAP 65s

1. Overview of the walk – 0.20

2. Importing .gpx file into Garmin BaseCamp and putting onto GPS - 1.12

3. Resetting and starting a walk with a Garmin GPSMAP 65s - 8.31

4. Overview of the Garmin GPSMAP 65s - 12.05

5. The navigational experience of the Garmin GPSMAP 65s - 16.00

6. Basic navigation around the Garmin GPSMAP 65s - 18.00

7. Ramblings, Radio 4 on St Oswald's Way - 23.45

8. GPS routes and tracks, what's the difference? - 26.30

9. Stopping navigation and saving your track on Garmin GPSMAP 65s - 32.00

Walk and talk - Garmin Oregon 700

This time I am heading out with the Garmin Oregon 700 Outdoor GPS unit and head up into the Cheviot Hills.

From the Wedder Leap car park I head up ‘The Street’, an old drovers road to the border fence between England and Scotland. Then I follow the border fence, before crossing over into Scotland to reach the summit of Windy Gyle. After keeping my height for a while, following the Pennine Way I descend down ‘Clennell Street’, another drover’s road that has been worn away over many centuries.

The sun was shining and the video hopefully brings a bit of insight into how to use a Garmin Oregon 700, Oregon 750 and Oregon 750t GPS unit on the hill.

Products discussed in this 'walk and talk' on the Garmin Oregon 700

Products discussed in the video -

1. Garmin Oregon 700

​2. Backpack tether

3. Eneloop batteries

4. 1:25​k OS map card

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin Oregon 700

1. Introduction – 0.00

2. Planning a route - Garmin BaseCamp - Mac - 30 sec

3. Resetting a trip computer Garmin Oregon 700 - 3.08

4. Loading a route on Garmin Oregon 700 - 4.25

5. Overview of the Windy Gyle walk - 5.30

6. Screen quality and basic overview of the screens on Garmin Oregon 700 - 8.00

7. Viewpoint from border fence, The Cheviot - 10.50

8. Elevation data on Garmin Oregon 700 - 13.15

9. The summit - Windy Gyle - 14.45

10. Following a route on a Garmin Oregon 700 - 16.30

11. Putting a compass rose on the map page on Garmin Oregon 700 - 18.12

12. Looking at 1:25k maps on Garmin Oregon 700 - 19.45

13. Saving your track and stopping navigating on Garmin Oregon 700 - 22.00

 

Walk and talk - Garmin Montana 700

For this walk and talk I head out with the Garmin Montana 700 Outdoor GPS unit and put it's through it's paces on St Oswald's Way, Harwood forest, Whitefield Hill and Caiston Lake.

The sun was shining for once and the video hopefully brings a bit of insight into how to use a Garmin Montana 700/ 700i and 750i GPS unit on the hill.

Products discussed in this 'walk and talk' on the Garmin Montana 700

1. Garmin Montana 700 GPS unit

2. Garmin 1:50k Ordnance Survey map card

3. Garmin Montana carry case

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin Montana 700

1. Overview of the walk – 0.00

2. Review of Garmin Montana 700 - 1.20

3. Planning a route on Garmin BaseCamp - 2.05

4. Resetting and starting a walk with a Garmin Montana 700 - 3.35

5. The navigation experience of a Garmin Montana 700 - 5.20

6. Screen quality of Garmin Montana 700 - 6.20

7. Best way to carry a Garmin Montana 700 - 6.50

8. A look at the 1:50k Ordnance survey maps on a Garmin Montana 700 - 8.32

9. Live weather on the Garmin Montana 700 - 9.40

10. Top tip and best way to navigate with Garmin Montana 700 -11.30

11. Changing the data fields on a Garmin Montana 700 - 14.10

12. Stunning views from Whitefield Hill - 15.45

13. Using the compass page to navigate with on Montana 700 - 16.20

14. Gimmerknowe, place names around Rothbury, Northumberland - 18.20

15. Stopping navigation and saving your track on Garmin Montana 700 - 20.05

 

Walk and talk - SatMap Active 20

This time I take the SatMap Active 20 Outdoor GPS unit and put it through it's paces.

The sun was shining and the video hopefully brings a bit of insight into how to use a SatMap Active 20 GPS unit on the hill.

Products discussed in this 'walk and talk' with the SatMap Active 20

1. SatMap Active 20 GPS Unit

2. SatMap Active 20 Carry Case

Overview of the walk and talk with the SatMap Active 20

1. Overview of walk - 0.00

2. Planning a walk on SatMap Xpedition2 - 1.00

3. Overview of SatMap Active 20 GPS unit  - 3.45

4. Resetting the SatMap Active 20 at the start of a days walking - 5.20

5. Rothbury Branch line and Cragside Estate - 6.55

6. HD screen quality and technology of the SatMap Active 20 - 8.15

7. Look at map options on SatMap Active 20 - 8.50

8. SatMap active 20 screen in bright sunshine - 9.20

9. Navigating with no path under your feet - 10.20

10. Spylaw Scout Hut - 13.00

11. Overview of main screens - SatMap Active 20 - 14.00

12. Views from the Simonside Hills - 18.15

13. Carrying a SatMap Active 20 - Carry Case - 19.00

14. Wolves Haugh - 20.00 

15. Saving your track and stopping navigation - SatMap Active 20 - 23.50

 

Walk and talk - Garmin GPSMAP 66i 

For the first walk and talk I take the Garmin GPSMAP 66i Outdoor GPS unit and put it through it's paces in the Simonside Hills, above the village of Rothbury, Northumberland.

It was a blustery day, but I hope you agree the views on the summit of Simonside where stunning as we give a practical guide to using a Garmin GPSMAP 66i.

Products discussed in this 'walk and talk' on the Garmin GPSMAP 66i

1. Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS unit

2. Garmin 1:25k Ordnance Survey map card

3. Garmin Backpack tether

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin GPSMAP 66i

1. Overview of the walk – 0.00

2. Resetting the Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS unit at the start of the days walk – 1.35

3. Looking at the 1:25k Ordnance survey maps on an Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit – 2.00

4. Navigating a route on a Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 2.25

5. Best way to carry Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit – 3.00

6. Creating a waypoint on the map page. Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit – 3.30

7. Fact on the red stone from Biddlestone Quarry – 7.00

8. Rejoining a pre-planned route on Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 8.20

9. Looking at the elevation data on a Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 11.50

10. Summit shots – Simonside – 15.15

11. How to use the Garmin inReach two-way satellite communication – 18.55

12. Navigational experience when using a Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 20.45

13. Local info – Begger Rigg Car Park, Rothbury – 22.00

14. A look at the trip computer on the Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 23.25

15. Stopping a route on the Garmin GPSMAP 66 GPS unit - 30.20

16. Saving a track on a Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS unit – 30.40

17. Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin GPSMAP 66i Outdoor GPS unit - 31.40

Further Reading

1. Product review - looking at the best budget, top end and large screen Outdoor GPS units

2. Video review - Top 10 selling GPS units

3. Never had a GPS before? Let us guide you.

4. Personalised GPS recommendation.


13 comments

  • Simon Johnson

    I’ve the 1:50 Top OS map, is the 1:25 worth forking out for?

  • Trevor Fone

    Yet another interesting walk and talk great information and scenery thanks Jon looking forward to the next one.

  • Ken

    Hi John
    I’ve just watched your video on the satmap GPS which enjoyed very much, my particularly GPS is the Montana 610, if you could do one of your walk & talks on the 610 but using the proximity alarm how to set the proximity alarm it would be interested
    I have found approximately alarm on other GPS to be quite useful, when you come to a number of paths in the middle of the Moor, it indicates which one you need to take one to take as you’re walking along proximity is a little reminder which one which path to take

    thanks
  • Mike O'Brien

    Brilliant video. I found it very helpful and educational as not only is it easier to see what you mean, as you alternate between the different pages, it shows how to use the GPS to the best effect. Having purchased the 66sr off you recently, it is a great motivational video for getting me out there and using it.

  • Trevor Fone

    Another interesting walk and talk and history lesson. Thank you Jon

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