Map reading is an essential skill if you intend on hill walking, and is valid whether
you will be primary using a handheld GPS or not. GPS coverage cannot be guaranteed,
or your device's battery could go flat.
Becoming ever more advanced and capable, handheld GPS devices are an impressive
innovation. Featuring precise location information, waypointing and records of your
route, some include complete topographical maps, touchscreens, route planning, and
even the ability to share routes with others.
Entry level - Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator
A great example of an entry level walking GPS is the Garmin eTrex H handheld GPS.
With memory for up to 10 tracks and 1,536 points of interest, and battery life of
22 hours, the eTrex H Navigator is a brilliant gadget to take walking with you.
Mid-level - Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Handheld GPS
The next level of device, the Garmin eTrex Legend walking GPS has a bright color
screen, barometric altimeter, electronic compass and microSD™ card slot - allowing
topographical maps to be quickly added. With a WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, the Garmin
eTrex Legend HCx holds a GPS signal in the toughest environments.
Advanced - Garmin SATMAP, Satmap Active
Top level handheld GPS devices provide an incredible level of functionality to those
who demand the most advanced technology. The Garmin Colorado 300 or Satmap Active
10 are both excellent examples, displaying full topographical maps on their large
displays, as well as the ability to record and share routes, set waypoints and bag