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GPSFileDepot – Free Garmin GPS Maps

GPSFileDepot Home Page - Free GPS Topo Maps for Garmin GPS Receivers

If you own a Garmin GPS receiver, you can save yourself a chunk of change by downloading and installing the free user contributed maps available at GPSFileDepot.com which has an excellent collection of US topographic maps, as well as maps from all over the world. The site also provides an excellent set …

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SectionHiker Gear of the Year Award: Casio PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

Every year, I like to recognize a piece of gear that has the biggest transformational impact on my hiking and backpacking experience by giving it the Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award. This year’s winner is the Casio PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch whose built-in barometric altimeter helped transform my …

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Brunton 15TDCL Sighting Compass

I switched from a simple Suunto A10 base plate compass to a Brunton 15TDCL Sighting Compass last year because I wanted a compass that was more robust for bushwhacking, backpacking in open country across Scotland, and for avalanche prediction in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. While the A10 has been an …

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