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Navigate a Bit Easier With the Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS Receiver

Updated on August 30, 2012

Garmin eTrex Venture HC


I know. Everyone who is anyone owns a GPS device. After all, where would all of us be without one? Lost in a maze of confusion? Or, don’t say it too loud, the “wrong side” of the tracks.

The fact is that Global Positioning Satellite devices, or GPS for short, have changed the way many of us navigate our world. The technology itself has been around for decades, but it has only been in the past few years where all of us common folk have had access. Personally, I am thankful; especially given the reality that I tend to get lost in my own yard! Please pardon the hyperbole.

When speaking of GPS units, one of the most well-known and respected manufacturers hands-down is Garmin. Located literally in my ‘backyard’ in beautiful Olathe, KS, Garmin is a worldwide GPS trendsetter. Garmin, in the past and continuing to this day, consistently designs, builds, and manufactures an array of remarkable GPS navigation devices that have literally spared millions of disoriented travelers -- be they road warriors, cyclists, or wilderness hikers. GPS in short is awesome!

Garmin GPS: An Industry Leader


Building on their legacy of success, the Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS Receiver is one of the latest offerings from the leading manufacturer in the industry. Garmin’s eTrex models are designed primarily for the outdoorsman seeking not to get turned around in the wilderness. The unit, however, has other uses that can be utilized in alternative locales.

Loaded with a slew of Garmin’s benchmark features such as WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), a technology which is 5x more accurate than previous GPS systems, 24 MB of internal memory, a 256-color TFT sunlight-readable screen, detailed basemaps, and Garmin’s MapSource® Trip & Waypoint Manager Software, The Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS Receiver is a must for the avid outdoor adventurer as well as the weekend wayfarer. The eTrex Venture’s basic design and functionality is its beauty. Its power and utility is its strength.

eTrex Venture HC Features:


The Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS Receiver arrives out of the box with the unit, the basemap software (easily upgraded to other MapSource products), MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager Software, a standard USB cable, a wrist strap, a quick start guide, and user’s manual.

The unit has garnered many positive, first-hand reviews and comments centered on the device’s small, but sufficient size, ruggedness in design, expanded memory, and ease of use.

Direct from the box, the Venture HC’s software loads quickly; the onboard tutorials are easy to follow, and most people are up and running in minutes.

Compared to other similar GPS trackers, this small, but powerful Garmin eTrex model is a huge step forward. One of its nicest features is the unit's ability to customize each screen and map. The Garmin eTrex Venture HC is quick to load and very accurate, within three meters on point 95% of the time, an example of WAAS in action. One bottom line: Geocachers will have a blast with this Garmin!

The quality features don’t end there, however. One of the greatest benefits of this portable Garmin Venture HC is its ability to download directly to a PC via the supplied USB cable and load geocoaches direct from Garmin’s geocoaching.com web site. This is a very nice feature!

So where do you go from here? If you’re searching for the perfect, compact-yet-powerful handheld GPS tracking system to get you out of the backwoods (or the backyard), the Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS Receiver is an obvious choice. It’s easy to use, extremely accurate, very quick to locate signals, and maybe even best of all, highly affordable.

Look no further. The perfect little GPS tracker is the Garmin Venture HC.

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    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      The Dirt Farmer:

      Thanks for dropping by and I am glad you enjoy your Garmin Etrex. For the money, it is a win/win.

      Thanks again,

      Rob J.

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      I got one of these for my husband a few years ago, and it really is great for when you're hiking and cycling out in the wilderness or geocaching!

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