Map & Compass OK, but do I need this technology? Are hundreds or even dozens of people getting lost everyday? If I can't stick to well worn trails, that keep me "found" I might see fit to have a Personal Locator Beacon, e.g. ACR. Otherwise, MAYBE a Foretrex 301 to perform a spot check, but not to stay powered on, eating batteries. At that juncture, my gear begins to own me.
I have to hike and see the land. one or two things with batteries should suffice, eg headlamp.
Seems like a lot of loot. I use a handheld GPS almost daily professionally to search for survey corners. My latest is a Garmin Trex Venture HC, which is available for $150. I think the touchscreen on the Oregon 400t may be problematic and difficult with gloves...
I wish you would have given us an idea of what the preloaded maps are like. I've been looking for a place to see the 400t but cannot find it locally and have no idea if the maps are actually usable in the back country.
Thanks for the advice
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