[cdt-l] Which GPS?

yogi yogihikes at sbcglobal.net
Tue Nov 14 21:24:44 CST 2006

yep, you are correct.  My handbooks are TOTALLY
subjective.  The comments in the books represent only
the opinions of the people who made the comments. 
AND...........when Remy states that these comments "do
not represent the 'hiking community' at large", well,
that's HIS subjective comment.  That's not a bad
thing.  It is what it is.  That's thru-hiking!

Anything you read on CDT-L, PCT-L, or hiking books
will no doubt be views based upon the author's
experiences.  Take what you want from the comments,
then form your own opinions.

It's no secret that I'm a huge data geek and I liked
having the GPS.  Nope, it's not necessary, but it is
helpful, and I'd recommend using one.


--- Remy Levin <fellowship_of_yatzek at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Chris,
>   I am not that good at navigation either. Thru-
> hiking the CDT this year taught me a lot on this
> subject, most of it learned as we went, and most of
> the lessons not that painful- costing maybe an hour
> or 2 at the most. And, Heather and I used only the
> Lay maps+compass, and the CDTS guidebooks.
>   What you must remember is that the Yogi guide
> represents only Yogi's (and maybe a few other's)
> opinions. Having used both Yogi guides on two
> consecutive thru-hikes (pct 05, cdt 06) I've come to
> the conclusion that though they are an excellent
> planning resource, her opinions on all issues (from
> towns to GPS) are extremely subjective, and do not
> represent the "hiking community" at large.
>   Think carefully before you go out and spend a
> bunch of money. Most hikers this year did not carry
> a GPS with them. The trail is being marked and
> established more and more in the past few years.
> Now, i'm not going to say that navigation isn't an
> issue- it assuredly is. But as long as you are
> paying attention, which you'd have to do even with a
> GPS, the chances of you getting hopelessly lost are
> slim.
>   If there is one thing I have learned from hiking
> the triple crown, it is that fears and doubts are
> natural, but that you can't allow them to bog you
> down. From rain on the AT, to snow on the PCT, to
> navigation on the CDT, each trail has it's own
> challenges. Be prepared, know your limits, and GO
> FOR IT! as yogi herself says on the cover of the PCT
> handbook- You can do this trail!
>   Hope you have a great hike !
>   Remy. 
> chris G <chgeth at yahoo.de> wrote:
>   After reading Yogi's book I have decided to buy a
> new
> GPS for the CDT. I want a GPS that can load the US
> Topo Maps - therefore I can't use the Garmin Geko
> 201
> that I already own.
> After visiting several outdoor shops and studying
> Garmin's website I have already narrowed the
> decision
> down to 
> - Garmin etrex Vista CX
> - Garmin GPSMAP 60 CSX
> The etrex is lighter, has a longer battery life and
> is
> a lot cheaper than the GPSMAP 60. The only advantage
> I
> can see in the GPSMAP 60 CSX is the much better
> SirfSTAR III receiver, that has much better
> reception
> under tree cover, in valleys, etc. 
> But do I really need that? Are there reception
> problems on the CDT? Maybe I am too scared, but I am
> not really good at navigation....
> Thank you for your opinion!
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