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 eTrex 10 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin eTrex 32x Outdoor GPS Unit

Garmin eTrex Touch 35t Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin GPSMAP 65s Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin GPSMAP 66s Outdoor GPS Unit

Garmin Oregon 700 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin Montana 700 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin Montana 700i Outdoor GPS Unit

- SatMap Active 20 Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin GPSMAP 66i Outdoor GPS Unit

- Garmin Instinct GPS Watch

- Garmin Fenix 6 GPS Watch

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 eTrex 10

Out for a lovely evening walk, putting the Garmin eTrex 10 through its paces, the basics of GPS navigation.

 Products discussed in this video

1. Garmin eTrex 10

2. Garmin backpack tether

Other resources mentioned/ showcased

1. Free OS Route planning software

2. Online Resource 

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin eTrex 10

1. Overview of the walk and GPS unit - 00:00

2. Planning a route on free OS route planning software - 00:50

3. Transferring the GPX file onto the Garmin eTrex 10 - 04:00

4. Resetting the trip and track data - Garmin eTrex 10 - 04:52

5. Loading the route onto the Garmin eTrex 10 - 05:50

6. The navigation experience on a Garmin eTrex 10 - 06:00

7. The pros and cons of the Garmin eTrex 10 - 07:55

8. The trip computer on the Garmin eTrex 10 - 10:13

9. Top tip and best way to navigate with a Garmin eTrex 10 - 11:10

10. The cup and ring marks in the rock - 14:40

11. Fontburn Reservoir - 15:35

12. Stories on a Shepherd - 16:26

13. Hilltop sunset - 19:35

14. Stopping navigation and saving your track on Garmin eTrex 10 - 19:50

15. Thanks for joining me on the latest walk and talk - 20:56

Walk and talk - Garmin eTrex 32x

On this latest walk and talk and take the Garmin eTrex 32x of a great walk from Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

I first plan the route on some free OS route planning software, transfer it onto my Garmin eTrex 32x and get the GPS to navigate me around the walk.

Products discussed in this video

1. Garmin eTrex 32x

2. Free OS Route planner

3. Backpack tether

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin eTrex 32x

1. Introduction - 0:00

2. Planning the route on free route planning software - 00:50

3. Resetting your GPS at the start of a day’s walking on a Garmin eTrex 32x  03:30

4. All about Peebles - 05:36

5. TOPO Active mapping on Garmin eTrex 32x - 07:30

6. Where does the Garmin eTrex 32x sit in the range of Garmin GPS units? - 10:27

7. The River Tweed - 13:20

8. Garmin Backpack tether with a Garmin eTrex 32x - 14:05

9. A look through the pages on the Garmin eTrex 32x - 14:54

10. Neidpath railway Viaduct - 17:35

11. What is the difference between a Route and a Track? - 18:33

12. How do you put a compass on the top of the map page on a Garmin eTrex 32x? - 19:52

13. Finishing off the walk - 22:50

14. Stopping the navigation and saving your track on a Garmin eTrex 32x - 23:20

15. Many thanks for joining me on the latest walk and talk - 24:36


Walk and talk - Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

In this walk and talk and take the Garmin eTrex Touch 35t, in our video reviews we state the eTrex Touch 35t is the best budget touch screen GPS Unit on the market. A great multi activity GPS unit.

 Products discussed in this video

1. Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

2. Garmin Backpack tether

 Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

1. Intro to the walk and talk with Garmin - 00:00

2. Planning the Harbottle Crags walk on Garmin BaseCamp - 00:40

3. Looking at the route on TOPO ACTIVE maps - 01:31

4. Resetting the trip and track data on a Garmin eTrex 35t - 02:35

5. Loading the route onto a Garmin eTrex Touch 35t - 03:05

6. The Drake Stone - 04:15

7. Harbottle Lake - 05:25

8. Overview of the Garmin eTrex Touch 35t - 05:35

9. Garmin eTrex Touch 35t compared to Garmin Oregon 700 - 06:15

10. The navigational experience with the Garmin eTrex Touch 35t - 08:50

11. Alwinton - 10:15

12. Low Alwinton Lime Kiln - 11:30

13. Garmin eTrex Touch screen in sunshine - 12:35

14. Looking at the electronic compass on a Garmin eTrex Touch 35t - 12:55

15. Stopping your GPS at the end of the walk - 15:15

 

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 GPSMAP 66s

On this walk and talk I take the Garmin GPSMAP 66s for a 24.5 mile along the Border Abbey Way, Scottish Borders.

I first import a .gpx file and then edit it into a day section before transferring it onto the Garmin GPSMAP 66s.

During the walk I review and look at the functionality of this buttoned GPS Unit from Garmin.

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

1. Garmin GPSMAP 66s with 1:50k

2. Eneloop batteries for a Garmin GPSMAP 66s

3. Garmin backpack tether

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

1. Introduction to walk along the Border Abbey Way - 00:00

2. Introduction to Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 00:30

3. Finding and downloading a .gpx file for a long-distance trail - 00:48

4. Importing a .gpx file into Garmin BaseCamp - 01:45

5. Editing your track in Garmin BaseCamp - 02:15

6. Sending the edited .gpx file from Garmin Basecamp to your Garmin GPS unit - 04:30

7. Resetting your trip and track data on a Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 04:55

8. Loading the track onto the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 05:14

9. Crossing the River Tweed - 06:05

10. Overview of the Garmin GPSMAP 66s, where does it sit in the world of GPS units? - 06:32

11. The pages and basic functionality of the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 08:25

12. Changing the data fields on the trip computer page on the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 13:20

13. The navigational experience of the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 15:00

14. Floors Castle entrance, Kelso - 16:45

15. Passing through Kelso market square - 17:15

16. Kelso Abbey - 17:30

17. Batteries for the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 18:11

18. The Border Abbey Way - 21:35

19. What is the difference between a track and a route? - 23:00

20 - Crossing the River Teviot - 26:10

21 - Carrying a Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 26:35

22. Summary of the Garmin GPSMAP 66s, my thoughts - 27:00

23. Stop navigating the track and saving the track at the end of the end of the walk - 28:20

Thanks for joining me on the walk and talk on the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - 28:50 

 

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 -

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 - Garmin Montana 700i

Out for a lovely August evening walk, putting the Garmin Montana 700i through its paces on a 11-mile walk, the basics of GPS navigation. 

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

1. Garmin Montana 700i

2. Montana 700 Carry case

3. The GPS Training free online route planning software

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin Montana 700i

1. Introduction - 00:00 

2. Planning the walk on the free route planning software - 00:35 

3. Loading the route onto the Garmin Montana 700i - 04:20

4. Walk overview - 04:50 

5. A look at the Compass page on the Montana 700i – navigating - 06:00 

6. The Carriageway Drive and Lord Armstrong - 07:35

7. The Garmin Montana 700 range of GPS units - 08:50

8. Thropton - 10:50 

9. A look at the main pages on the Garmin Montana 700i - 11:35

10. Tosson Lime Kiln - 15:00 

11. Summit of Simonside - 17:05

12. The flagged path on Simonside - 19:30

13. The inReach technology – Two way satellite communication - 22:45

14. Dove Crag - 25:20

15. The Pros and Cons of the Garmin Montana 700i - 25:40

16. The Garmin Montana 700i going into night mode - 29:45

17. Stopping navigating the route and saving the track - 31.00

18. Many thanks for joining me on the latest walk and talk - 32:00 

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 - second time out

Not everything goes to plan! In this walk and talk I put the Garmin GPSMAP 66i through its paces in The Cheviot Hills.

I go through everything you should be doing but as you will see when I come across several blocked paths it is a case of putting my GPS skills to the test.

Products discussed in this video

1. Garmin GPSMAP 66i

2. 1:25k TOPO PRO map card

3. Garmin backpack tether

Training/ resources mentioned in this walk and talk.

1. The GPS Training Online resource

2. Garmin GPS Training Courses – nationwide

3. The free GPS Training free online route planning software

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

1. Introduction - 00:00

2. Planning the walk on the free OS route planning software - 01:13

3. Resetting your trip and track data on a Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 05:05

4. Loading the route into the Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 05:35

5. Navigating with a Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 06:05

6. Shillhope Law – summit – 1,643 feet - 06:45

7. Basic tips when using a Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 07:45

8. Turning off Clennel Street heading into the forest - 10:50

9. Things don’t go to plan, what can we do? - 12:55

10. Reversing a route on a Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 14:30

11. Plan a route on the Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 18:25

12. Carrying a Garmin GPSMAP 66i with backpack tether - 20:55

13. Sending an inReach message for the Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 26:40

14. The contents of my rucksack - 28:00

15. Navigating with the Garmin GPSMAP 66i in night mode - 29:26

16. Summary at the end of the days walk – walking in the dark - 30:14

17. Stopping to navigate the route and saving your track on a Garmin GPSMAP 66i - 31:10

18. Thanks for joining me on the latest ‘walk and talk’ - 32:00

Walk and talk with Garmin GPSMAP 66i - first time out

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

 

Walk and talk - Garmin Instinct GPS Watch

In this walk and talk I take a Garmin Instinct GPS watch on a walk around Kielder Reservoir, Northumberland.

In this video I let the Garmin Instinct GPS watch navigate me on a 25 mile walk and we look at how to use the Garmin Instinct GPS watch.

Products discussed in this walk and talk with the Garmin Instinct -

1. Garmin Instinct GPS Watch

2. The GPS Training free online route planning software

3. GPS Training Online Resource


Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin Instinct

1. Introduction to walk and talk with Garmin Instinct GPS watch - 00:00

2. Transferring .gpx file onto Garmin Instinct GPS Watch – Mac users - 01:45

3. Transferring .gpx file onto Garmin instinct GPS Watch – PC users - 03:00

4. Recording your Course on a Garmin Instinct GPS watch - 04:05

5. Loading your course on Garmin Instinct GPS watch - 04:25

6. Look at the main navigational pages on a Garmin Instinct GPS watch - 05:15

7. Facts about Kielder Reservoir - 08:12

8. The Garmin range of GPS watches – an overview - 08:55

9. Old Railway Bridge – used to carry the Border Counties Railway over Deadwater Burn - 12:22

10. The key things with a Garmin GPS watch - 13:40

11. The Source of the River Tyne and North Tyne and South Tyne - 16:16

12. The difference I the navigational experience between a GPS watch and a GPS unit - 18:42

13. Kielder Dam - 21:44

14. Stopping and recording the course on a Garmin Instinct watch - 22:00

15. A look at the stats on the Garmin Connect app - 23:20

16. Many thanks for joining me on the latest walk and talk with the Garmin Instinct GPS Watch - 23:55

 

Walk and talk - Garmin Fenix 6 GPS Watch

In this video we go through the process of the walk planning process on the PC/ Mac and then how to load the course into your Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watch.

Then we look at the navigational experience you get when walking with a Garmin Fenix 6.

Products discussed in this walk and talk with the Garmin Fenix 6 -

1. Garmin Fenix 6 GPS Watches

2. The GPS Training free online route planning software

Overview of the walk and talk with the Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watch

1. Intro to walk and talk - 00:00

2. Planning the walk on the free OS route planning software - 00:35

3. Transferring the pre-planned course onto a Garmin GPS watch - 03:00

3. Loading the course onto a Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watch - 03:25

4. The navigational experience of the Garmin Fenix 6 - 05:10

5. What are Sheep Stells? - 08:15 

6. The benefits of navigation with a GPS device – deep in the forest - 11:00

7. The range of watches in the Garmin Fenix 6 range - 12:25

8. A look at the navigational pages on the Garmin Fenix 6 - 15:37

9. A look through the smart watch pages - 18.05

10. Saving your walk data at the end of the walk - 21:35

11. Many thanks for joining me on the latest walk and talk - 23:48


16 comments

  • Alan Starling

    Fantastic video, I purchased the 66S nearly a year ago I guess after some sound advice from yourself, & still getting to grips with it (first unit & complete novice) this is an excellent form of education. Map page with embedded compass – neat.
    Also your presentation is quite motivational to “get out there” thanks Jon
    As a footnote – beautiful part of the world you live in……..nearly as good as the West Couintry !!!
    Hopefully when all these Covid issues are put away & I can get back to speak with people face to face I might join you for a couple of days if you have enough patience to educate me !!!

  • Alan Starling

    Fantastic video, I purchased the 66S nearly a year ago I guess & still getting to grips with it (first unit & complete novice) this is an excellent form of education. Map page with embedded compass – neat.
    Also your presentation is quite motivational to “get out there” thanks John
    As a footnote – beautiful part of the world you live in……..nearly as good as the West Couintry !!!

  • Peter Mill

    I bought a 66s after chatting on the phone with you last August. This video was so helpful. Even with 10 years of using a basic Etrex H together with an OS map, I thought I would manage just using the online videos in the training section. I used the route function for the first time last week for a 9.5 mile hike and the navigation works really well. I had assumed the track would be recorded! The set up demonstration at the start of the walk clarified everything for me. Also, for the first time I saw the compass on the map screen. Have now re configured my map page to be identical and am so pleased with this. I’m sure all your clients with different models will benefit from similar. Would love the .gpx for this hike. I plan to stay in Thropton again when lockdown is over. Thanks again

  • Derek Phillips

    Just watched your Walk and Talk with the GPSMAP66i and absolutely loved it, really enjoyed the scenery too, I love my 66s which I purchased from you about 18months ago and can’t wait to get out for a ‘proper’ walk with it when the government restrictions on staying local relax,
    A great first effort & look forward to the next walk and talk. Many thanks for taking the time to make it. Best wishes Derek Phillips

  • Terry Cumiskey

    Hi Jon,

    Have you ever done a video review of the Garmin GPS64s. If so, I would be grateful if you could you direct me to the video.

    Regards,

    Terry

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