The instruction book was clear (for the most part) and
had me up and running in no time. One feature I found very helpful while
sitting in my house was the fact that the included USB allowed my laptop
to power the unit. This also keeps the backlight on non-stop which
really helped in my low-light living room. I thought I would have to go
through a long setup, but putting in batteries and pushing the on button
was it. Ok my elevation was off by about 7 feet.
With my Garmin GPSMap 60CSx, I also received the Garmin
TOPO U.S. 2008. This mapping program is great, I was side tracked for a
couple of hours playing. I selected the area from the TOPO which I
wanted to hike and loaded the 60CSx (takes less than a minute). As I was
hiking the maze of trails at Hanging Dog, I was constantly reassured by
the fact that I could always backtrack and by the fact that the unit
showed the nearby lake, boat ramp, the paved road, and campground ( the
TOPO map included these). Having this knowledge gave me a general idea
of my location and since my 2 year old has a max range of about 2 miles.
The Garmin GPSMap 60CSx gave us a constant
readout of the distance traveled, time moving, time standing
still, altitude, total accent, latitude/longitude, while showing
a visible track of our hike.
Having completed our first hike with the 60CSx,
I now have my first mapped out loop at Hanging Dog Recreation
Area. After returning home I loaded the recorded 2.7 mile track
to my computer. With only 6 miles or so of trails in the area
remaining we are well on our way to mapping out the trails.
To be continued...