We map the course using Garmin GPS and Garmin's software. You absolutely MUST bring a Garmin unit, and if you are not already a competent user of a GPS, get one of the following units, so that we can train you easily at the start camp.
If you can afford a new unit or borrow one, get this one:
If you cannot afford a new unit, get this one second hand:
We do not have an exhaustive knowledge of every Garmin unit, and though there are many which have the criteria we require (below), it is absolutely vital that YOU can operate YOUR device. We will do a group session on using the GPS but prior experience suggests this is hard to do with 10 different models in use in the classroom.
So, if you are bringing something other than the above models, the criteria are as follows:
- colour screen
- USB interface
- Micro SD memory card slot WITH MEMORY CARD IN
- 1000 waypoint minimum hard drive memory
You must be able to input a new waypoint on your device in order to 'pass out' at pre-race training. Oh, and navigate to that point. Obviously.
Make sure you bring lithium batteries, not ordinary AAs, to power the GPS. You could use 5kgs worth of batteries otherwise...