I took my new Garmin Mini out to the Great Sand Dune National Park in Colorado this weekend and tested it out more.
It doesn’t seem to matter where I go with this little power packed satellite messenger, it just keeps on performing.
Great Sand Dune National Park Field Test
I made sure I had the maps loaded, battery charged and my contacts updated before leaving the house this morning. It was a magnificent day in Colorado with temperatures reaching near 50 degree around the state.
We were in the extremes south portion of Colorado, a little east of Alamosa. I powered the little power packed satellite messenger on, started the tracking and made sure my Garmin Mini was synced with my iPhone, and made sure my Garmin Mini was connected.
You can see from the first image that is was not connected, but, in this second image, it does connect.
We then set off for the sand dunes.
I tested laying down a photo op icon and sending a message before reaching the river and the sand dunes on the other side.
You will notice that the message icon is not visible and that’s because I forgot to make sure my iPhone and Garmin Mini were connected before leaving the trailhead. You will see in this next photo that it is connected and a message icon is visible.
I laid a waypoint down at the river as a water source and then we headed into the dunes.
We were supposed to follow the red route, which showed up nicely on my Earthmate App, however, my son thought it would be better to take the harder climb up the steepest parts of the sand dunes. That path shows up as the blue arrows. I wouldn’t recommend the blue path unless your in pretty good physical shape or you just like pain.
The Earthmate app works spectacularly and it’s so nice having the larger screen to see the topo map, my route and waypoints.
I mentioned in the previous article that I wasn’t sure how much I would like having to keep my iPhone synced with my Garmin Mini, but I love it, due to the similar day to day use familiarity and large screen.
The day was beautiful, the weather was perfect and the scenery outstanding.
The Garmin Mini worked perfectly again, and it has been so nice being able to carry something this small on my pack that can and has saved lives all around the world.
I highly recommend you add this powerful little device to your pack.
- Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two way text messaging using the 100 percentage global Iridiumnetwork (satellite subscription required)
- Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
- Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate app and compatibledevices
- Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
- Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds.Display resolution:128 x 128 pixels
- NOTICE: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used
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