Fired up from hiking Berg Lake for the first time in 15+ years, thinking I should start doing this again, and looking over my old topos and thinking about hikes that aren't on most of the maps (some I've done before, others I've wanted to). Including a number of well-known trails here in the Robson Valley and some much older and generally unused trails in Robson/Jasper parks which mostly don't appear on modern maps, but a few do on older ones (I have a thing about old trails).
[For example, you can theoretically hike out of the Tonquin Valley via the old Meadow Creek Trail, which used to be a main route in and out and had telegraph poles(!) along it's entire length. The trail wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonquin_Valley
) says "Unbeknownst to many is the older and unused access via the Meadow Creek trail. This trail is considered impassable as it has not been maintained for decades. Some portions of the trail are visible in Google Earth." I hiked this trail 15+ years ago, and a neighbour also did a few years before that. So now I'd like to revisit it and see just how impassable it is (when I hiked it, there was a LOT of deadfall across the lower half of the trail, but the backcountry campsite halfway down was intact complete with primitive bear pole and ladder, and despite the deadfall we persisted).]
And since I love maps and would love to mark these trails so other interested people can see or even hike them (and since most trails are not as visible in the satellite images as Berg Lake is), I think it might be time for a GPS.
I don't want to spend a fortune, actually I'd like to spend as little as possible. Here's what I need - something to track where I've been fairly accurately, that I can put the odd waypoint in, and download the lot to my computer after with a minimum of hassle, and not much more. I don't even need to put in maps (don't want to pay extra for those) as I'll be hiking with real paper maps and compass etc. (and do know how to use same) so I'm not looking for something to tell me where I am or how to get back to somewhere I was or any other fancy bells and whistles, just want to be able to record my tracks over periods of up to 5 days. Don't need music or weather or traffic reports. Elevation and time records would be nice but aren't critical.
Suggestions? There are tons of devices out there and I'd like simple and light-weight and not too many (expensive) bells and whistles.
Thanks in advance for suggestions.