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I recently bought a Garmin Etrex-H, the price was attractive so what the hell..I bought one.I am quite good with a magnetic bubble compass and my approach was to supplement my mag compass with the GPS. After some practice I headed out to the isolated Owyhee mountains here in Idaho and went for an extended ride on my Heckler equipped with handle mount GPS. I find the GPS distracts me from enjoying my ride as I look to frequently at the gizmo however I kept on reminding myself that it could save me from being lost.My other observation is the response time is rather slow so why keep looking at it?:skep: .I did a waypoint at the trail head where my truck was and did no further readings figuring that my route was not too confusing.Well I did get a bit turned around a bit and did use the gps to guide me back and did confirm with my magnetic compass...so the gps is useful no doubt . I have no interest in trying to co ordinate maps with the GPS or any upgraded GPS and plan on using my compass with topo , forestry, and BLM maps and ust the gps to supplement my guidance, is this a good appproach? the Owhyhees do not forgive fools and my intention is to be safe...so GPS is quite cool.