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Garmin scoops Ordnance Survey Innovation Award

Garmin, the global leader in personal satellite navigation, is delighted to announce that Garmin GB Discoverer mapping has won the Ordnance Survey Innovation Award for Navigation in 2008-09.

Garmin GB Discoverer is a plug and play mapping system that uses Ordnance Survey maps in a digital format with underlying rich content such as Points of Interest and turn-by-turn navigation. This allows the user to view and track their whereabouts, on the Dakota 20, Oregon and Colorado series Garmin GPS units, and plan journeys with ease.

This unique product provides mapping for all National Parks at 1:50k and each National Park and trail as individual regions of 1:25k, based on the popular Landranger and Explorer series of Ordnance Survey maps. The Garmin GB Discoverer microSD/SD cards and downloads also provide full road mapping for the whole of Great Britain which gives the user turn-by-turn navigation.

Laura Tomei, Cartography Product Manager for Garmin said:

“We are delighted to win this prestigious award and are pleased with the recognition of innovation within our field of navigation.

“Garmin constantly strives to provide the very best, cutting edge technology, helping people to get more out of the outdoors.”

This is the third time that Garmin’s class-leading products have been recognised by Ordnance Survey and the newest award now takes pride of place at Garmin’s European Head Quarters in Totton, Southampton.

How to Start?

Sign up for free then select “Play / Hide and Seek A Geocache” from the site’s menu, enter the address of your city or area where you want to find the treasure in the first “Find the nearest Geocaches in Your Area / by Address:” you press Go and you are shown a list of hiding places in the area.

Alternatively, look at the map. All you have to do is click on this link with the treasure map and enter the name of the place of interest.

Clicking on the description title shows a description of the hiding place: the difficulty of finding, the coordinates of the hiding place, a description, a map that often facilitates finding the treasure, a map, and of course entries, comments, and occurrences of lobbyists treasure J. It is also quite interesting to view the treasure gallery.

Knowing the coordinates of a treasure, you can start searching for it. How this is done specifically depends on the type of equipment you (not) own:

a) If you have a GPS unit, you load the treasure coordinates into it (either automatically or by manual input).

b) If you have a smartphone, you download a dedicated gadget (eg c: Geo, for phones with Android operating system) and you usually don’t need to upload anything, and as soon as you leave the room (GPS indoors doesn’t work) location on the map, direction and distance to them.

c) If you do not have the equipment, print the treasure description by clicking “Print: 10 logs” at the top of the description, and additionally, using maps.google.com or the free Google Earth software, print a zoomed location map to locate the hideout.

When you go to a place where the hideout is hidden, you try to find the hideout using the available hardware (or a printed map) (the hardware shows the distance to the hideout and the required direction of movement). When you find the hiding place, you write down the date of your visit and your nickname in the notebook in the treasure. When you return from treasure hunting, register the treasures found on geocaching.com (this is done by opening the treasure description and clicking on the “Log your visit” link in the top right corner). If you find the treasure, you select the “Found it” entry type, and if for some reason you can’t find the hiding place, you select “Didn’t find it”. Yeah! You moved, saw something new, or even experienced some adventure!

Occasionally, trackable is found in hiding places. It is a small metal plate with its unique tracking number on it, which allows the traveler to be located and tracked. These travelers, with the help of treasure hunters, travel from hiding place to hiding place and carry out a variety of missions – they, alone, want to travel, for example. to Africa, to Antarctica, to the third – wants to take a picture with a kangaroo. What only missions the hosts don’t invent! If the lobbyists themselves do not have the opportunity to go where they want, they will send travelers on this mission. Travelers come in many different ways – the simplest is the Traveling Bug (TravelBug), and there are a variety of travel attachments or geocoins.

Many ask the question – who needs it, what’s the use? First and foremost, the motion and action that is particularly lacking in this full 21st century of convenience, when so many people have fallen prey to the screens of computers, tablets, mobile phones, or TVs in the morning, from adulthood to our smallest – they are not yet able to speak, but they are already attached to various screens or screens.

This game is a great opportunity to close the door of your comfortable home and start your adventure! So that when you get home in the evening you get tired, or maybe even a little bit dirty, you bring a good mood, and the next day you have to share something with others who do not leave the 4 borders of the day.

Yes, this game is also directly related to technology and viewing on different screens, but it is purposeful and minimal.

Often treasures are taken to places, even in the areas we know ourselves, that we never imagine they are, especially in strange cities or abroad – hiding seekers in places uncharted on any tourist map or travel guide, but leaving searchers indelible impressions. Sometimes, for various reasons, finding hiding places and failing – but just seeing something special that we had never seen before or never imagined existed – is in itself a treasure. Intangible.

When you get to know and love this game, it adds color to your travels, whether in your home country or traveling abroad. Most advanced treasure hunters do not need any travel descriptions or guides – they are brought to interesting places by treasures.

other countries

Other Regions

As well as Garmin GB Discoverer, we also have Garmin Eire Discoverer available for Ireland, plus European Recreational Products.

Garmin Europe is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of topographic maps, Garmin Eire Discoverer. These revolutionary new maps bring outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to view a wider variety of highly detailed mapping from the Ordnance Survey Ireland 1:50k map series, plus with Navteq road data and points of interest, you’ll get turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

Users can now benefit from full 1:50k scale Ordnance Survey Ireland map coverage for the whole of the Republic of Ireland. GarminEire Discoverer, the most innovative outdoor navigation mapping for Republic of Ireland, is available in 4 large regions:

European Recreational Products

Wherever you go for your active holidays in Europe, Garmin offers great topographic coverage for a large range of countries. From Sweden to Italy, Finland to Morocco, Garmin’s recreational maps can accommodate the needs of the mountaineer, walker, skier, cyclist and desert explorer. With extraordinary topographic or inland waterways detail and a large number of POIs including hotels, restaurants, information centres and more, Garmin recreational maps make the ideal companion for any overseas excursion. Compatible with many Garmin GPS models, including the Dakota and Oregon series.


Geocaching with Garmin GPS handhelds

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game using GPS technology to create a high-tech treasure hunt. Caches are planted in hidden locations across the landscape in rural or urban areas. A cache is a small, waterproof box containing a selection of items including a logbook and pen or pencil. Geocachers seek out these hidden treasures guided by information and GPS coordinates, or ‘waypoints’ posted on the Internet.

Using a Garmin GPS device, the Geocacher explores a given area to find the area where the cache has been hidden. Once discovered, you may find the cache contains a reward for you to keep. If you take something out of a cache, you might be asked to leave something in return. You must leave the cache in the same place and in the same condition as it was found for its next visitor. Sometimes a cache will contain a clue to find another hidden treasure.

The Rules

Once the Geocacher finds a cache, they must:

  1. Fill in the logbook
  2. Take something out of the cache (if desired or available)
  3. Put something into the cache (if requested)
  4. Return the cache to the exact position and condition in which it was found
  5. Log the details of your discovery, and any helpful comments on the cache website

Besides a logbook and pen or pencil, a cache may contain any number of non-perishable, non-valuable items such as toys, books, money, jewellery or trinkets. You never know what the originator or subsequent visitors may have left. Enter the time and date of your visit in the logbook and consider leaving something for the next Geocacher to discover.

GPS handhelds from Garmin are ideal for Geocaching

Garmin GPS handhelds are designed for outdoor adventure on any terrain, in all conditions. With a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, rugged design and user-friendly, get on track with Garmin. It is also could be used as fish finder for a small boat or canoe when you are trying to swim to new places.

Once home, return to the cache website and leave your comments for the hider and for other Geocachers inspired to track it down. To keep the game going, you must also hide some caches of your own.