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Hand held GPS receiver with high-sensitive MediaTech antenna, large, easy to read color display, integrated world and Europe/Africa map plus USB interface.

The GARMIN eTrex Venture HC is very easy to use thanks to its click stick and user friendly, graphical interface. It supports multiple languages, has an integrated world map (overview) plus a base map of Europe, Africa and the near East. In addition, the Venture HC is equipped with 24 MB memory to store even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest. The high-sensitive MediaTech antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples). The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC.

Comparison of the models of the eTrex H series:

All models provide similar functions; these are the main differences:

Feature / Model eTrex H Venture HC Summit HC Legend HCx Vista HCx
Interface to PC serial USB USB USB USB
Shows map - YES YES YES YES
Electronic compass, barometrical altimeter - - YES - YES
Slot for µSD memory card - - - YES YES
Automatic route calculation - - - YES YES
Price discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued

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GARMIN eTrex Venture HC


  • Portable, robust, to be operated with one hand (buttons are located ergonomically on each side of the unit)
  • Large, easy to read color display with background illumination (176x220 pixels)
  • Easy to use thanks to its click stick and user friendly, graphical interface
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with built-in high-sensitive MediaTech antenna
  • Integrated world map (overview) with countries of all continents including major cities
  • Integrated base map of Europe, Africa and the near East with countries, waters, towns, highways, major roads and city maps. Navigational information are available for the following countries: country list
  • 24 MB built-in memory to store additional, even more detailed maps with roads, crossings and addresses of restaurants, public buildings, points of interest etc. from a PC.
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 14 h), by USB cable from a computer (connection cable included in package) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF¹: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid (CH-1903)
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -15 .. 70°C (5° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 105x55x31 mm (4.14x2.15x1.21 inches)
  • Weight: 100 g (3.5 ounces, without batteries)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes


  • ¹)TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 14 characters), icon (choice of 180 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores up to 50 reversible routes with up to 250 waypoints per route
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 5 m (500 mi to 20 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits
  • Extended search function for points of interest, addresses and intersections, if there is a MapSource map available in memory. These maps require a Windows PC plus a connection cable and are available as options, see GARMIN MapSource.
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Records the travelled path (track), capacity 10'000 track points
  • Stores 10 travelled routes (tracks) with up to 500 track points for each track
  • Proximity alarms
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

Additional features:

  • Calendar
  • Stop watch
  • Calculator
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon, constellation sun-earth-moon
  • Various games
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GARMIN eTrex Venture HC overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN eTrex Venture HC
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Main pages of the GARMIN eTrex Venture HC:

Note: The images below show the display of the eTrex Venture HC. Many of the pages are configurable, the pictures are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 34 different values, see selection.

Main Menu Satellites Map Navigation
GARMIN eTrex Venture HC main menu GARMIN eTrex Venture HC satellites GARMIN eTrex Venture HC map GARMIN eTrex Venture HC navigation
  • Satellites status information
  • Trip computer settings
  • Save current location as waypoint
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits (extended search functions with MapSource)
  • Manage travelled pathes (tracks)
  • Manage routes
  • Graphical representation "highway"
  • System setup
  • Proximity alarms
  • Calendar
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Constellation Earth/Sun/Moon
  • Time information for hunting and fishing
  • Games
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Current position (coordinates)
  • Constellation of the satellites
  • Strength of satellites' signals
  • Current elevation
  • Current time of day
  • Map with current position

For each data field, you can choose from 34 different values.1)

You can chose to show no, 1, 2, 3 or 4 data fields. You can also chose to show navigational directions when a route is active.

  • Current speed
  • Distance to next turn
  • Current time of day
  • Distance from route
  • Compass ring with bearing to next turn

For each data field, you can choose from 34 different values.1)

You can chose to show 2, 3 or 4 data fields.

Trip Computer
(small numbers)
Trip Computer
(big numbers)
Route Sun & Moon
GARMIN eTrex Venture HC trip computer (small numbers) GARMIN eTrex Venture HC trip computer (big numbers) GARMIN eTrex Venture HC route GARMIN eTrex Venture HC sun/earth/moon constellation
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Maximum speed
  • Moving time
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Current elevation
  • Accumulated travelled distance (Odometer)

For each data field, you can choose from 34 different values.1)

  • Travelled trip distance
  • Current speed
  • Moving time

For each data field, you can choose from 34 different values.1)

  • Navigation direction
  • Map with current position and planned route as direct line between waypoints
  • Date and time of the constellation shown
  • Position of the constellation shown
  • Time of sunrise
  • Time of sunset
  • Time of moonrise
  • Time of moonset
  • Phase of the moon
  • Constellation of sun/earth/moon
  • Controls for constellation animation (time step 1 hour, 1 day, stop)

Data fields on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 Accuracy GPS The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
2 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
3 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
4 Distance to next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
5 Distance to destination Current distance to the final destination.
6 ETA at next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
7 ETA at destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
8 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
9 Glide ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
10 Glide ratio to destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
11 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
12 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
13 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
14 Pointer Arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point on a route.
15 Speed Current speed.
16 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
17 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
18 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
19 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
20 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
21 Time To Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
22 Time To Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
23 Time of Day Current time.
24 To Course Direction to the planned course.
25 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
26 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
27 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
28 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
29 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
30 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
31 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
32 Vertical Speed To Dest Required rate of ascent or descent to reach the final destination.
33 Waypoint At Dest Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
34 Waypoint At Next Name of the next waypoint.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the Odometer and the Maximum Speed separately.

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This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the eTrex Venture HC.

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Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange and power supply
(One such cable is included)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 | EUR 34 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 25 | EUR 22 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 37 | EUR 32 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for dashboard Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
Adhesive base for dashboard mounting kit to use it in a second vehicle Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN eTrex Venture HC in detail.

MapSource, various DVDs and CDroms with topographic and street maps (computer and cable required to transfer maps to the GPS).

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Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the eTrex Venture HC.

If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you may download and install it for free.
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