Arthur Abbott <>
Sent: 1/4/2002 11:50:15 PM

RE: Garmin Rocks

So.... can I upgrade my little etrex? It is the smallest one at $119.95 if
I remember right.
I'll take an answer from anyone thank you very much.

I've been a subscriber for some time now..... just watching........

So I drove to AZ over the holidays and on the way
back........... a mountain called me and so I answered that call. Driving
as close as possible down some rutted road and finding a nice spot to leave
my ride....

[waypoint 001 ELEV: 4666ft 12 S 0243993 - UTM 3892965]

I shouldered a pack and left a note on the dash. Back at dusk. It
required four and a half hours of bushwhacking, as in no trail, to travel
the five to seven miles while gaining four thousand feet in elevation to
reach the summit, which was a large jutting rock that had to be climbed.
There was also about 8 to 10 inches of snow helping to protect the
approach. It was an awesome view!!!!!

[waypoint 002 ELEV: 7973ft 12 S 0238677 - UTM 3889651]

I tried to phone a friend with a cell and a sat phone. Could not
get out with either. Kinda made me mad. All that tech hauled up there and
no go dude! So I did what I could which included in part, placing my
initials on the back of a silver Hopi pendant, crafted by Steven Socryma,
circa 2000, and putting a chip of granite in the pendant box, all for my
new girlfriend. ;-D

But the hour was now late and so after spending only twenty
minutes at the top I began the race with darkness. Having a different
perspective now from the top helped with choosing a different route for the
return. I lost the race but enjoyed the full moon's light through the thin
cloud cover.
The light feature on my etrex worked perfectly and allowed me to
navigate right back to my ride in the dark. Just over two hours later with
a few tears in clothing, a nice row of cactus thorns in the left knee, not
one, not two, but three major impacts on or about the left knee and feeling
sore as hell!!!!!! I made it back to the truck and drove on home.
Now I figure...... not bad for a 46 year old!

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