[Cdt-l] GPS on the CDT

joseph beals bealsjw at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 23 23:35:59 CST 2008

I would have to say that anyone able to use a Gps in
conjuntion with the Ley maps and navigate is probably
capable of navigating without it just fine.  That
being said, I am carrying one this summer on my hike. 
I plan to mail it home if I am not using it though. 
If I carry it i won't need it!  -Joe
--- clint at riseup.net wrote:

> Gimp-
> As a luddite by ignorant default, I was hesitant to
> take a GPS on my CDT
> thru, but holy crap was it useful! When I got
> "misplaced" I was able to
> pinpoint exactly where I was on Ley's maps and
> orient myself accordingly.
> A GPS is NOT a replacement for good map and compass
> skills, it is merely a
> good backup. I carried one, and used the same
> batteries the whole way
> through, so obviously didn't use it much. But those
> times I did use it... 
> I sure was glad to have it!
> I'm not proud of my decision to rely on the safety
> (or illusion of it)
> that a GPS provided. It was just another tool. We
> need to have the skills
> to navigate without assistance in the backcountry-
> period. The reassurance
> of the 'magic box' is a comforting feeling though!
> It saved me a lot of
> headaches which were much better gained from
> excessive alcohol
> consumption.
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