[at-l] Okay, the question I thought I'd never be asking...

Mark Hudson mvhudson at gmail.com
Mon May 3 16:46:25 CDT 2010


Been thinking that being able to find your last breadcrumb might keep you
from being between a rock and a hard place ;-)

On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Not certain what part of the boundary waters you're heading into, but
> as I recall from Fall 1973 (ya, that dates me) I learned how to
> navigate with compass and map there, so, back then there were
> sufficient geophysical landmarks: you have to be wary of "artificial"
> stuff that changes, like old logging roads, houses, docks, etc, and
> you learn not rely on the size of bogs because they change with the
> rains and seasons . . . . elevations, lakes, creeks, cliffs were
> enough.  GPS won't assist except to leave a bread crumb trail to
> follow your path back the way you came, unless the gps comes with a
> useable, viewable map; even then you are warned by the manufacturer to
> carry a map and compass as a back up in case the unit becomes damaged
> or you run out of batteries. The lithium batters seem to work longest
> and are lightest, in my experience; they were good for 2-3 days of
> heavy use, including camera (Garmin's Oregon 550t).
>
>
> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Mark Hudson <mvhudson at gmail.com> wrote:
> > GPS?
> >
> > If plans work out I'll be heading out to Minnesota to hike through the
> > Boundary Waters Canoe Area. I've heard more than once that there aren't a
> > lot of landmarks there, I know the trail I'm heading for may well be
> grown
> > in at the time of year that I'll be there, and that a GPS is probably a
> good
> > idea, at least to back up the map and compass.
> >
> > So, I just found this one on sale at REI:
> >
> http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?vcat=OUTLET_SEARCH&query=gps&button.x=0&button.y=0
> >
> > Any comments on that one, or suggestions on others, appreciated!
> >
> > Thanks!
> > skeeter
> >
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