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GPS-Tagged Hikes - Well worth walking!

The Toggenburg 'Legend' Hike SG

Yesterday my husband and I did another hike in the Toggenburg Region. This area of Switzerland seems not to be very well known to the British but has some very well-marked, very well-walked trails, which would give children the chance to show their parents the way for a change. There is just enough mud to make it fun for the younger generation!

Cable railway (Luftseilbahn) alternating Gondola and chair-lift, up from Alt St.Johann to Sellamatt where the walk starts.
The Sagenweg, is a four hour walk with, at intervals, ten large boards, each with a short legend written on them. (in German - let the children do the translating). Altitude difference given by the book is 560 m but as it is up and down all the time, it is relaxing walking.
Interesting to me were the views both of the Churfirsten (usually seen across the Walensee when travelling from Zürich to Graubünden) and Säntis, usually seen from the Schwägalp. This time we saw them both 'from the back'.
The following link gives our route on the map (a GPS 'recorder' is my husband's newest toy) and also shows the photos we took, which appear at the appropriate places as the shoes 'walk' along the path. We DIDN'T go in sandals though.
I can highly recommend this trip.
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Re: The Toggenburg 'Legend' Hike

Toggenburg seems to have gone down well with 'viewers'. I'll now add our latest walk to the Thread.

This Hike in Central Switzerland has fantastic views over Lake Lauerz, the Rock-fall area above Goldau, Lake Zug, Lake Lucerne, Glarner Alps.

Round the Rigi Hochflue SZ The Rigi (on Lake Lucerne) from a different angle- 4½ Hours, ca. 450m up and 1,100m down
Brunnen - Urmiberg – Gätterli – Zilistock – Bärfallen - Brunnen
Not for young children and not for the faint-hearted.

Small Urmiberg cable car (6 places, pay at the top) from Brunnen (on the road from Brunnen to Gersau) to Timpel
Path over to Gätterli well marked. The short diversion up over Gotterli is worth the effort.
From Gätterli (Restaurant) to Zilistock follow the path leading upwards behind the restaurant itself. Then follow signposts. Easy going at first, then 150m gain in altitude on steeper, rocky narrow path, well marked, ‘fenced’ at side. Down – easy at first, later in the woods steep slopes and sometimes slippery roots. Alphütte at Bärfallen which is just right for a short break before tackling the last downhill bit. Easier going again with fantastic views of the lake.
If you ever use walking sticks/poles, take them with you!
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Re: GPS-Tagged Hikes - Well worth walking!

Goldingertal ZH - approx. 2.5 hours, 9 Km, 250m difference in altitude

This short walk in the Zürcher Oberland, starting from Brugg, between Schmerikon on Lake Zürich and Uznach, is unusual in respect of the variety of countryside it covers. The Neuhüsler Stream has cut a deep valley and for short distances the path is a foot-bridge (Steg in German) beside the rock. Vaguely reminiscent of the Aare Gorge near Meiringen. Shady and romantic, one could imagine oneself a hundred miles from civilisation. However, from time to time there are signs of industry – the pipes which brought water at pressure down to the mills in the villages below. The Wooden Bridge near Neuhaus is impressive. Only short stretches of the walk are on hard surfaces but nearer the villages one sees the growing number of detached houses erected on the less expensive building land further from the towns.
This walk would have been fine for children were it not for the single handrail at ’adult’ height on some stretches of the footbridges.
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The Five Lakes Walk Pizol SG - 4-5 hours, 580 uphill, 1000 downhill.

This is a very well-known hike – once again the starting point (first comes an aerial cableway and two chair lifts) is near the main road / railway from Zürich to Chur.
The SBB has a special '30% off' deal until the end of September. Thus weekends might be a bit busy, but on the Monday we went, there were about twenty people on the path altogether.

The Pizol Hut, at the start of the walk (top of the second chair lift), is the last building until one reaches the end of the normal trail at the top of the first chair-lift so one needs enough food and drink for the whole distance. There is no shade anywhere either, so sun-cream and a hat are a good idea.

If I were to do this walk again, I would ring Information to ask what condition the path is in. When we got a short way up the first slope, we found about 15cms of snow. (At the Ticket-office down in the valley, we were asked what boots we had on, and now we knew why!) On a narrow path sloping left with a drop to the left as well, a couple of short stretches were not exactly my idea of fun and I was glad we hadn’t children with us. (The official leaflet says 6-7 years old upwards). The rock itself is ‘grippy’ even when wet though, and we soon had the difficulties behind us. After these first two slopes, the rest of the path was more or less snow-free. This time all the lakes were ice-free too. (Doing the walk many years ago in August, we found the first lake still completely frozen over!)
A great walk and not too bad on the knees as the downhill doesn’t come ‘all in one go’. Poles were useful though especially in the snow.
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Zürich Oberland – Hüttchopf and the Töss Valley – Time - 4,5 hours, Distance – 16 Km, Uphill - 560m, Downhill - 560m

From the trail point of view this is easy walking. The path up to the Hüttchopf is on farm and forest tracks, narrower paths through woods and across fields, steeper descent to the stream but good track throughout. Well signposted and well walked. Just two short stretches of asphalt. Panoramic view from the Hüttchopf and an interesting walk along the young Töss where some areas are ‘untouched’ since Lothar, the storm in 1999, wreaked havoc in the forest. In one 200m stretch the rock beside the path must be moving as there are sensors and notices to tell walkers to walk on the side of the path furthest from the rock face. I cannot imagine it making a lot of difference where one is walking if anything really happened there – there is an awful lot of rock – but I trust the Swiss authorities are keeping a weather eye on it.
*Only other reservation is that some of the ‘styles’ which allow walkers through while keeping cattle in their appointed field, are only suitable for folk up to Swiss Clothes Size 46! See picture.
Children would probably enjoy damming bits of the stream; maybe they would have the opportunity to watch hang glider pilots taking off at the Scheidegg.
At the starting point of the walk, just outside Steg, there is a large signposted parking area especially for hikers! Unfortunately the Restaurant Scheidegg is closed on Mondays, when we were walking this route, but the one in Ohrüti gave us a nice break before we set off along the last stretch of river back to the car.
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Wildhaus, Toggenburg SG. Gamplüt-Zwingli Hütte-Zwingli Pass-Mutschenlücke-Gamplüt.
Time - 5 ½ hours, Distance - 16,4 Km, Uphill - ca. 1000m, Downhill - ca. 1000m

Starting point for this hike is the top of a small aerial cableway which goes up to Gamplüt above Wildhaus in the Toggenburg valley.
Easy walking to begin with, rising rapidly as soon as the path zig-zags up the rock face after leaving the alp road. Later the going becomes easier again up to the SAC Zwinglipass Hut. A warm soup or drinks are available when the hut is manned. From the top of the Pass there are impressive views of Säntis. The route goes over the Chreialpfirst to the Mutschensattel. It is only a ten minute 'walk' up the Mutschen which affords a fantastic a view of the Rhine valley. After the exertion of the climb it is downhill all the way back to the aerial cableway. Sticks are useful downhill.
The path is well marked and in good condition. It has steeper sections though and the walker should be sure-footed. Hands are needed for a couple of very short stretches, but there are good footholds.

Tips for 'more mature' walkers – slowing down a little for the steepest parts helps to keep the pulse down and ensures better coordination (in the same way as Biathletes slow down before they shoot!). Coming from the bright sunlight into shadow over the rocks makes it difficult to see the best footholds. Give the eyes a couple of seconds to adapt.
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Murgseen SG Hike. (Murg Lakes - Walensee Area) Time - 5 1/2 hours, Distance - 23.71 Km, Uphill - 900m, Downhill - 900m

The road up from Murg is ‘interesting’ especially if you meet something coming down. If forestry workers wave to you, don’t wave back, but stop. When we went up, they were felling trees and while they are transporting the trunks across the road hanging vertically from a wire rope high above the ground they very wisely stopped all the traffic (us).

The circular route we took started from the lower parking place P1. (Buy the Fr.8.00 parking ticket at the machine lower down the road.) The track is signposted, well-marked and well-walked. It is not difficult hiking as long as there is no snow around. The first part is uphill, rocky and fairly steep, which helps to get some of the altitude difference out of the way! The flatter parts across meadows and moor are relaxing and the babbling of the water (no other sound to be heard) is super background music. The last 100m gain in altitude had some snow around, but we could avoid it by walking ‘beside’ the track. The Murgseefurggel affords a lovely view down over the upper lake and it is but a short descent to the Restaurant which offers a luxury stop as a reward for the effort so far. From then on it is downhill more or less all the way. The waterfalls and the sound of the water compensate for the path, which is, for hiking purposes, too wide! Originally it was the route for the miners, then for the builders of the dam, later the fishermen and the alpine farmers, and, these days, for hikers, hobby fishermen and other nature-lovers.
It is a great walk and, for a change, we saw the Churfirsten from the Walensee side!

This hike has also been described in another Thread and it is interesting to compare the varying reports.
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Spring Hiking season comes round again...

Stöcklichrüz(from Egg, near Einsiedeln canton Schwyz) 9,6 Km, 4 ½ hours, 745 Altitude Difference

The views to the Säntis, Vrenelisgärtli (Glärnisch Massif), Mythen, Rigi, Etzel are wonderful.
On the way down, watch out for the ‘old’ hiking trail beside the stream as opposed to coming down the hard-surfaced Brandeggtrasse. It is no longer marked with yellow signs but easy to follow. If you have a map which shows the Swiss grid, you should find the turn-off here > 704102 223448 (1067m)



Hike to the Farner (Zürich Oberland/St.Gallen from Wald) 12Km, 4 hours, 550 Altitude Difference.

The ‘total time’ shown on the Site reflects less a slow walking pace as the time spent taking photos, having a pleasant mid-day and mid-afternoon stop, checking to see if our GPS gadgets agreed with our navigating with the map, tightening the lacing on new walking boots, putting on sun-glasses and hat, taking off waistcoat… The GPS clock didn’t stop whenever we did!

From Tann to Chrinnenberg is fairly steep and from Farner to Ger too. Ideal for checking the fit of the new boots!

Once again, see the Spring Flowers Thread, the meadows and paths were full of colour. The largest patch of white butterbur I have ever seen and, like weeks ago in the lower regions, cuckoo flowers among the dandelions and many violets. Also many water avens in the meanders of the stream.
The stretch along (and about fifteen times across) the stream, is peaceful and, for a change, thanks to a request for the bikers to refrain from riding here, very relaxing to walk. Only fly in the ointment were a couple of dogs whose owners didn’t seem to realise that not all hikers appreciate small dogs jumping round their feet yapping when they are walking on a narrow, steep and slightly slippery section of the path.

An enjoyable walk which, having four restaurants along the route, is a possibility on a day when the fridge is empty and the shops shut!

Happy hiking!
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Taking advantage of the good hiking conditions:

www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/20943

RIGI – Central Switzerland. Greppen-Seeboden-Goldau - 14 Km, 4 ½-5 hours, ca. 630 altitude difference.

We left the car in Goldau and travelled by train to Küssnacht am Rigi and then by bus (runs twice an hour) direct from the railway station to Greppen. If you buy a ticket from a machine, you need Greppen Oberhaus. There is a boat from Küssnacht am Rigi at 11.11 to Greppen which only takes 11 minutes but make sure it runs on the day you go!

This hike is very well marked. Fairly steep uphill from Greppen but a steady gain in altitude without steps. The path is mostly in the forest but with wonderful views down over the lake from time to time. At the Altruedisegg there are plenty of tables where the hiker can enjoy a well-earned break and a snack. (Buy a sausage and cook it yourself over the grill). The view over the ‘Mittelland’ with several lakes compensates for the frustration of walking for nearly two hours and having moved only about three millimetres on the Navi. After the flat stretch over to the Seebodenalp (Restaurant at Chrüzegg), it’s downhill all the way back to Goldau.
The signpost in the car-park (Seeboden) shows Rigi Kulm, Arth and Goldau all in the same direction, but after walking ca.100m there is only Rigi Kulm on the next one. The signpost we needed (Arth, Oberarth, Goldau) is at the other end of a track going off to the left (NE) and stands at the edge of the forest.

Spread over seven kilometres, the 600m to be lost in altitude is nowhere steep, and in only two places have there been very minor ‘landslides’ and which thus need a little more care. Bikers have churned up the path a bit in a couple of damp spots too but it is an easy walk. However, once down to the hard surfaces again, I would probably opt to make for the ‘main’ road and take the bus (runs twice an hour) back to Goldau. The hiking path through Arth is hard surface and it’s a great hike and a satisfying distance even without the last kilometre.
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Our summer hiking season started with a six day hike in the Jura. This is the first part of the Trans Swiss Hiking Trail 1 which goes from Porrentruy in the Jura in a south easterly direction to Chiasso.

Porrentruy to St. Ursanne. Pleasant walking and a good start to the holiday! The weather forecast had promised heavy rain for the day, but we avoided the only storm by sitting under the umbrellas of the only restaurant (closed) in the only village on this stretch of the route. Some folk are born lucky!

St. Ursanne to Soubey along the valley of the River Doubs. More anglers than hikers.

Soubey to Saignelégier - This bit has the greatest altitude difference, rising to the plateau of the Franches Montagnes.

Saignelégier to St.Imier – On the route we visited the ‘Home for Elderly Horses’ at Le Roselet. Later, inquisitive foals made having a mid-morning snack sitting on a bench in a field 'interesting'. The Mont Soleil, above St.Imier has impressive wind- and solar energy ‘collectors’. To avoid the steep descent, we used the funicular railway.

St. Imier to Dombresson – last March there was a big event in the village celebrating Didier Cuche’s skiing achievements – and the timetable for the extras buses put on for that, is still hanging at the bus stop! Probably that was the most recent disturbance to the peace of the area…

Dombresson to Neuchâtel - we took the detour over the Chaumont which affords impressive views and then did the descent by funicular again.

Easy walking, well marked, well walked. Rather more hard-surface than we like, but very little traffic. The odd muddy patch and one uphill slope too steep for me to get my heels on the ground as compensation. Masses of spring flowers including globe flowers and one field full of wild orchids at the end of May.

It is sad to see villages which have seen better days – shops and restaurants closed, houses in need of repair… signs of the end of the watch making industry in parts of this region. Other small towns like Saignelégier itself, seem to be flourishing.

It was interesting to see a ‘School’ sign on a farm-track far from the nearest village or hamlet. As in the Emmental and Zürich Oberland, a school is sometimes built at the road-side central to a farming district. The rows of bikes we saw by one of these schools showed that the region IS still alive despite our feeling, outside the towns, of being the only people in the area. We only saw ten other walkers in the first five days!

A very satisfying trip.
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ZH-Oberland Round trip - Pfäffikon to Hermatswil 4½ to 5 hours, 16 Km, 600m uphill, 600m downhill.

Park and Ride Fr.5.- per day at the railway station in Pfäffikon ZH.
N.B. Pfäffikon ZH is not, as you might imagine, the Pfäffikon on Lake Zürich. That one is Pfäffikon, canton Schwyz!

A pleasant walk not far from Zürich in peaceful countryside.

The first part of the hike is not shown on the site; (modern technology fails again!). The walk follows the Jakob Stutz Weg to the Balchenstal Mill. The shop there, which sells many flour ‘mixtures’, is only open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 13.00 to 16.00. For those who like to know what they are eating, the XL Table on the link shows the contents of the various products. Unfortunately, the mill not being exactly on the Tourist Route and expecting hundreds of foreign visitors, their Homepage is only in German.

Back to the hike - this first stretch of track is shown as the Guyer-Zeller-Weg on this map. When we did the trip, the path beside the stream was ‘closed, continue at your own risk’. There had been a small landslide which, in dry conditions, wasn’t a problem to cross. When wet, the risk of landing in the stream would be higher. Knowing the Swiss, they have probably already cleared it up by now anyway.

There is a pretty steep bit up through the wood, other than that there are no problems, the way is well marked and well walked. Much of the track is in open country with little shade but the lack of other hikers may have been due more to the lack of open restaurants! The Restaurants en route are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays with the exception of the one near the Railway Station in Pfäffikon and that on the road Hittnau-Saaland after Schönau.

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Mostelberg – Hochstuckli SZ – Haggenegg 4 hours, 12 Km, 500m uphill, 500m downhill.

Another great day out. Starting by cable railway from Sattel in Canton Schwyz on the road between Biberbrugg, Rothenthurm and Central Switzerland, the revolving cabins enable you to enjoy the view on the way up to and down from the Mostelberg without ‘doing an owl’ with your neck.

From Mostelberg the path is well signposted, well marked and well walked but most folk seem to have been keeping to the areas nearer the restaurants. Nothing difficult about the walk, one steeper stretch to warm you up nicely and a narrower part on the short stretch to get to the very top of Hoch Stuckli. Walking here on other occasions, we’ve missed this loop out but it was well worth the detour as the view of both Klein and the Gross Mythen from the top was truly fantastic. In fact, except for the couple of trees blocking the view the way we had come up, we had a 360° hills and mountain panorama. Just right for the mid-day halt. Further on, the stretch between Herrenboden>Bannegg>Haggenegg has been much improved by laying many wooden ‘beams’ into the otherwise very muddy surface. Several restaurants are spread conveniently round the region.

It’s a pity that the Homepage of this attractive area is, once again, only in German but there are pictures to help you get the idea of what is available. There is really something for all members of a family. My only warning: if you click your way through it, watch that you don’t find yourself sponsoring a chunk of the soon-to-be-erected Stuckli Sky Walk (even longer than the Trift Suspension Bridge) which would set you back Fr.1500.-

Although it’s getting late in the year for spring flowers, the farmers haven’t quite finished mowing yet and there were meadows still in their full glory. If you want to see masses of orchids you’ll have to earn the privilege by doing a bit of uphill, but if you’re happy with a field full of glorious mixed colours you can cheat, leave your hiking boots at home, go by car from Schwyz up to the Haggenegg, walk three minutes towards Mostelegg and feast your eyes.

By the way, don't be confused by the statistics of distance etc. when you open up the 'a-Trip' link. To begin with, it shows the info for the cablecar part. The REAL details come when you start walking!
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Canton Schwyz (Muotatal) Round Trip - Stalden, Unter Roggenloch, Stalden 71/2 to 8 hours (Longish lunch break!), 16 Km, 900 uphill, 900 downhill.

A great hike if you want to get away from it all.
Having many times seen how the Muota valley narrows beyond Schwyz, it was odd to see it widen again beyond Schlättli and the funicular up to the Stoos.

After passing through Muotathal, we left the car in Stalden (Höllloch Caves for those who prefer going down to going up!).
The track goes more or less parallel to the Pragelpass Road up the valley, crosses the road and returns on the other side of it.

The first couple of serpentines are hard surface but at least it makes it easy going to gain a bit of height. The path leaves the road, rises steadily, not difficult terrain but after rain (and it rains an awful lot in this area – second only the the Napf Gebiet – (Emmental Canton Berne) er- slightly damp. From time to time you can look back down to Stalden and the Alp huts often have a bench outside which makes a pleasant spot to have a break. This part of the path is well marked - looks like the ‘hiking path apprentices’ practiced here – I have never seen so many white/red/white markings. (Perhaps they need them if they have a lot of fog up there). The only problem is that following the path means following the cow tracks and the choice is slippery wet stones or deep mud. The wooden trunks which have been put down over the wettest bits are not really nice to walk on either but, as so often, the impressive landscape and the flowers compensate for the state of the path. There are masses of orchids and other varieties which are long since ‘over’ in the lowlands.

On the forest path further up we made great progress to compensate for the slow start.
The Restaurant Roggenloch was a good place for a halt and we listened to the live Ländler music while we enjoyed a delicious bacon and cheese platter. A chap from Basel joined us – he is working with two others up on the alp and told us his tale of woe – three weeks with rain every day, cows sinking up to their udders in the mud. He was enjoying the peace and quiet though – no reception for the mobile…

On the other side of the valley there was a steep section, also muddy with slippery stones which needed a bit of care. And then the bridge – something must have hit it. It wasn’t tilting VERY far sideways, but the handrail at the near end was too far ‘out’ to be held. The tree on the photo is vertical!

After a broader stretch of valley, a couple of alp huts and a few people enjoying the peace and quiet, we reached the path which goes beneath masses of large rocks. The path has been brilliantly made of enormous flat stones nearly a meter broad which makes an excellent surface. It was fascinating to see how small flowers had started to grow in so many of the tiny cracks in the rocks beside the track.

The last part of the hike cuts fairly steeply down between the serpentines of the road. The path is, oddly enough, not marked where it crosses the road but if one is on the lookout for the next section it is easy enough to find.

It’s a great walk. Better by dry weather if there is any. However, although it rained on us as we drove from Lake Zürich to Stalden, rained while we sat under an umbrella at the restaurant, and rained when we got back into the car, our waterproofs stayed in the rucksack all day.
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Time - 2 h 30, Distance - 6.45 km, Uphill - 381m, Downhill - 381m, Highest point - 894 m
Bahnhof Bauma - Lochbachtobel - Hohenegg - Neuthal - Silisegg - Bauma

Today we did this round trip from Bauma in the Zürcher Oberland. It is quite easy walking. This hike was actually put on-line by another hiker (ignore the time shown) but you can enjoy his photos. On the first part of the track, up the valley of the Lochbachtobel there are still wooden bridges and we were told by a Swiss family who live in the area that the highest bridge shown on picture 0380 is going to be replaced after the 1st August weekend, as are the steps in Nrs. 0381 and 0382. Close to, they do indeed look a bit worse for wear. Check that the new bridge is in place before you make your way up the valley.

We made a detour and followed the route shown on this second Site (sorry, a lot of useful information but only in German) to include the Industrial path to Neuthal where there is a Spinning Mill Museum. The path here has been much improved by the addition of metal bridges across the Wissenbach and to make ‘traversing’ steeper slopes easier – I expect any heavy rain would have washed away the original path quite regularly.

Quite a short hike but being mostly in the woods, pleasant on a rather warm day. And as a reward for ones work, an ice-cream at the Café Voland rounds off the afternoon nicely!
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The following link gives our route on the map (a GPS 'recorder' is my husband's newest toy) and also shows the photos we took, which appear at the appropriate places as the shoes 'walk' along the path.
Is this device tagging your pictures automatically..? I just recently bought a Nikon P6000 which has GPS built in and can tag all outdoor pictures which would be very handy for such outings.
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The GPS receiver can keep a log (tracklog) of time and location. Cameras tag each picture with the time at which it was taken. So there are many computer programs that will take a set of photos (with timestamps) and a GPS tracklog, and add location data to the photo (EXIF data). The program I use is GPicSync; I suspect that @Trip does something very similar.

You have no need for such a program if your camera automatically tags the pictures.

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thanks for the link, they even mentioned my Nikon in that article.
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The GPS receiver can keep a log (tracklog) of time and location. Cameras tag each picture with the time at which it was taken.... I suspect that @ Trip does something very similar.
Exactly. The camera Mr Longbyt usually uses only records the time the photo is taken. After the walk the information from the GPS gadget and the pictures are loaded into the computer and the programme, with the odd prompt from Mr L, does the rest.

Mr L’s first GPS device only kept track of time and place. No display, no loading info beforehand. Although he has now progressed to a sophisticated Garmin on which he can load maps from the computer, the rest of the process hasn't changed much. (And having experience of electrical devices self-destructing at the worse possible moment, we also carry a normal map!)
Me, I have a very basic Garmin. It tells me where I am, where I was, and I can load the details of where I want to go, but only number by number. I never take photographs of anything but the device is very useful for ‘marking’ the coordinates where I saw orchids so that I can look it up on the map afterwards, and it stops me from walking round in circles when I am on my own!
We both like being able to look back over our hikes and we hope that the information will be helpful for others who are looking for interesting walks and like to know in advance what they are letting themselves in for.
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Could I possibly ask what Garmin models you have?

I am looking at the Garmin 550 but I am not sure if it really is suitable for walking. Hiking maps also seem very expensive.

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Mr Longbyt has a Garmin 400T. He says that the 550 is for roads - but 550T Topo seems to be OK - but EXPENSIVE. He suggests you buy from a discounter, which saves a lot of money. As you say, the maps are expensive too - but with the Topo they are included in the price.
Seems with the 550T you can 'save' more 'Waypoints' than with the 400T but are you going to need to?

I have a second-hand 'no-longer produced' model a Geko 101. It doesn't find the satellites as well in deep narrow valleys as Mr L's but it's fine for my needs. It gives me something to play with and keeps me out of mischief while Mr L takes photographs!
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A few searches about geotagging led me to an interesting article: How to Geotag Images which may well give you the flavor of the process, plus details using one particular setup.
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