I am researching into whether or not to purchase a GPS receiver and if so which one. I just got the Letham book GPS made easy.
Thus far I have looked into the eTrex Vista and Magellan meridian platinum....after all, I am just in the kid-in-the-candystore phase. Platinum has memory cards up to 64 MB whereas vista has a fixed memory of 24MB. Additionally, at least on the REI website/catalog, there seems to be more software for the vista.
I plan on using GPS on a few (hopefully at least 4-6 in the next 3-4 yrs) 1-2 week long trips out west (Flathead NF, Kootenai, perhaps other places) but will probably end up having less time for such trips once grad (and hopefully med school kicks in). Then, I will primarily have time only for long weekend trips in the east.
I am willing to make the investment to "do this right" both in terms of money and time. An additional question is how and where do I practice?
Any and all advice is appreciated.