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Altimeters are an important tool in navigation and orienteering--especially in limited visibility conditions.  Combining map contour lines with the altimeter data and you have the next best thing to a GPS--which are not allowed on Adventure Racing courses.

I use a Garmin Rino 120 as my GPS for orienteering, geocache, and general backcountry navigation.  I do not use the GPS as my primary navigation tool, but as a backup and confirmation to a map and compass.  I have been orienteering since 1979 in a variety of terrain and different countries and prefer the "old school" approach.  I do use a GPS when I am within 50 feet of a Geocache to navigate to within a few feet of the 8 digit Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid coordinate provided in the instructions.  Geocache is an excellent method to hone your navigational expertise for adventure racing--especially if you use the GPS as only a confirmation tool vice your primary navigational instrument.

Many sophisticated wrist-top computers or handheld devices, combine with the PC software developed to give more graphical representation of your performance, and can be shared with various Internet communities [Geocache, orienteering, etc..], where you can download your routes and share information with other like-minded people from around the world.

DeLorme Earthmate PN-20 GPS

Take the DeLorme Earthmate PN-20 GPS with you when you road trip, hike off-trail, geocache, sail around the bay, or tour a new city.

Garmin 60 CSX GPS Unit

In addition to offering 50 waypoints, 1,000 routes, and the ability to upload map data, the Garmin 60 CSx GPS Unit also has a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.

Garmin 60 CX GPS Unit

If youre a serious outdoor enthusiast or work in the outdoors, get your hands on the Garmin 60 Cx GPS Unit. This GPS lets you store 50 routes and 1,000 waypoints as well as load map data.

Garmin Colorado 300 GPS

Explore every nook and cranny of the backcountry with the Garmin Colorado 300 GPS. This waterproof unit features a high sensitivity receiver for penetrating thick forest canopy, and a worldwide base ... more info.

Garmin Edge 205 GPS Unit

Always know where youre going and how far youve goneamong many other featureson your next bike ride with the Garmin Edge 205 GPS Unit.

Garmin eTrex Legend

The Garmin eTrex Legend GPS is loaded with a full basemap of North and South America, and uses Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for proven accuracy in an affordable unit.

Garmin eTrex Legend HCx GPS

The Garmin eTrex Legend HCx GPS uses a high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled receiver to provide navigation data even if youre in thick trees, on a cliff-lined trail, or near tall downtown buildings.

Garmin Forerunner 201

The Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS unit offers outdoor athletes a wrist-mounted training partner with integrated GPS for precise speed, distance, and pace data.

Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS

The Garmin Forerunner 205 is your trainer, your information source, and your analystit tracks your progress, goals, objectives, mapping, and routes.

Garmin Forerunner 301

If youre serious about training and your gym is the great outdoors, the wrist-mounted Garmin Forerunner 301 is your personal coach, heart-rate monitor, and route map.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS is the sleek training partner you wear on your wrist, with multi-sport adaptability, GPS function, and a host of extra features for the serious outdoor athlete.

Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS Watch

Fire your personal trainer and strap on the Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS Watch. This easy-to-use training tool uses GPS satellites for full monitoring and analysis of your workouts, as well as the ... more info.

Garmin Nuvi 360 Automobile GPS Unit

Navigate cities in Europe and North America, make hands-free phone calls, and research restaurants and tourist attractions with the Garmin Nuvi 360 Automobile GPS Unit.

Garmin Rino 120

The Garmin Rino 120 is state-of-the-art GPS navigation and two-way communications combined, with enough memory to download detailed mapping for driving, hiking, hunting, fishingor just about anything ... more info.

Garmin Rino 130

The Garmin Rino 130 GPS adds a built-in electronic compass, barometric altimeter, weather receiver for seven NOAA weather channels, and 24 MB of internal memory to its already impressive capabilities.

Garmin Rino 520 HCx GPS

Not only does the Garmin Rino 520 HCx GPS make navigation easier than ever, it includes a GMRS radio to communicate with your group and Position Reporting feature which sends out your location.

Magellan Triton 1500 GPS

Instead of laboriously typing notes about a waypoint, you can just record audio notes about a specific location when you use the Magellan Triton 1500 GPS.

Magellan Triton 200 GPS

The Magellan Triton 200 GPS integrated, high-sensitivity antenna wont leave you signal-less on dense rainforest explorations, deep canyon hikes, or cloudy kayaking days. This GPS provides three-meter ... more info.

Magellan Triton 300 GPS

Upload highly detailed marine cartography, topo, and National Geographic maps to your Magellan Triton 300 GPS available memory, pack your bags, and explore by land or by sea.

Magellan Triton 500 GPS

Magellan made the Triton 500 GPS with a three-axis electronic compass that compensates for tilt and a built-in barometer so you can keep an eye on your elevation and the weather.


Freestyle USA Nomad Altimeter Watch

Strap on the Freestyle Nomad Altimeter Watch and dont get lost in uncharted territory.

Highgear Aerial Altimeter Watch

The Highgear Aerial Altimeter Watch shows your elevation, speed, the temperature, and just about everything else you want to know when youre climbing, hiking, or skiing.

Highgear Alterra Altimeter Watch

The High Gear Alterra Altimeter Watch is a wrist-mounted computer for tracking fun. Log your vert on the mountain, track your intervals while training, andsurprise, surprisetell time.

Highgear Altis SS Altimeter Watch

The Highgear Altis SS Altimeter Watch helps you stay informed, even when youre in the middle of the wilderness or perched on a remote, snowy peak.

Highgear Altis TI Altimeter Watch

Get a precise picture of current conditions with the Highgear Altis TI Altimeter Watch. This multi-function watch provides accurate readings on altitude, air pressure, direction, and temperature for ... more info.

Highgear Axis Watch

Track your vert and the weather with the Highgear Axis Watch. This all-weather watch is equipped with an altimeter, barometer and compass.

Nike Timing Oregon Series Alti-Compass Watch

The Nike Oregon Series Alti-Compass watch is ready for adventure racing straight out of the box.

Nike Timing Oregon Series Lance 4 Watch

The Lance 4 watchs altimeter lets you get an accurate reading of your rate of climb and descent, as well as absolute altitude and total vertical.

Nixon Delta SS PU Watch

Put on the Nixon Mens Delta II SS/PU Watch and keep track of how many runs you shred and how fast youre bombing down the mountain. Turn the bezel dial to the Ride setting and prove it all to your ... more info.

Origo Granite Peak Series Altimeter Watch

Remember when you missed that key turn on your last hike and went two miles too far? Well, that wouldnt have happened if you had the Origo Granite Peak Series Altimeter Watch.

Origo Rendezvous Peak Series Altimeter Watch

The Origo Rendezvous Peak Series Altimeter Watch provides altitude and bearing information to keep you from getting lost in the mountains, and it tracks your data for bragging rights back home.

Origo Traverse Peak Series Altimeter Watch

Ready for anything from skiing to climbing to hiking, the Origo Traverse Peak Series Altimeter Watch includes the tools you need for successful mountain navigation and accurate bragging rights.

Polar AXN 300 Altimeter/Heart Rate Watch

The Polar AXN 300 watch helps you keep track of your vert and your fitness. This altimeter/heart rate monitor shows your current altitude reading with graphical trend curve and your vertical progress.

Polar AXN700 Altimeter/Heart Rate Watch

If a 12-mile run followed by a century ride is a normal workout for you, take along a partner that can handle any adventure you choose and help you along the waythe titanium Polar ANX N700 Altimeter.

Suunto Altimax Sport Altimeter Watch

The Suunto Altimax Sport Watch is an easy-to-use altimeter watch for skiers, hikers and climbers.

Suunto Core Altimeter Watch

The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch keeps an eye on approaching storms with an innovative motion-sensing barometric altimeterand looks good doing it.

Suunto Escape 203 Handheld Altimeter

The Suunto Escape 203 hand held electronic Altimeter features an altimeter, barometer and respective memory functions.

Suunto Lumi Altimeter Watch

The Suunto Lumi Altimeter Watch combines casual class and technical features to get the job done in the mountains, at the office, or out to dinner.

Suunto Lumi Watches

When you head out on the trails or through the city streets, the Lumi gives you the altitude, time, temperature, and barometric pressure information you need for navigation and weather forcasting.

Suunto MCB Amphibian Compass

The Suunto MCB Amphibian Compass is an ergonomically designed, multi-purpose, mirror compass that combines precision with practicality.

Suunto Observer Altimeter Watch

The Suunto Observer Titanium Altimeter Watch includes all the tools and durability to survive the toughest challenges in the mountains, yet its slim design fits casual situations.

Suunto Observer Stainless Steel Watch

The Suunto Observer Watch combines accurate altimeter, barometer, and compass features with a burly stainless steel case and band for extra durability and casual style.

Suunto S-Lander Altimeter Watch

Whether youre climbing or skiing, the Suunto S-Lander Altimeter Watch provides you with all the altitude, time, temperature, and barometric pressure information you need for navigation and weather ... more info.

Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch

Since its introduction in 1998, the Suunto Vector wristop computer has acted as the altimeter, barometer, electronic compass, and digital logbook for everyone from mountaineers to the Marines.

Suunto X-Lander Watch

The Suunto XLander Watch combines all the features of a watch with a bit more pizzaz an altimeter, barometer, electronic compass, and a complete calendar clock, housed in a high-tech, stylish ... more info.

Suunto X10 Watch

The X10 is the very latest from the Suunto laboratories, and its the lightest GPS-enabled wrist computer they have ever offered.