[Cdt-l] GPS thoughts
Jim and_or Ginny Owen
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 11 19:04:12 CST 2009
>given the lack of tread and signage on so much of the CDT ???
We had less than 5 of those moments on the entire trail. Maps and paying attention to
ones relationship to the terrain is all it takes to avoid them - except for burn areas (1)
and following pink ribbons (new - and unfinished - trail). But we were never in less than
secure hiking mode. Attitude - it's in the attitude, not in the GPS.
PS - we didn't carry one the last two trips - and won't for the next one. But... YMMV
> Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 19:47:27 -0500
> From: ghsron at gmail.com
> To: blisterfree at yahoo.com
> CC: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] GPS thoughts
> Well, I only turned it on and perused OOO's magical purple tracks when
> I felt I might be off trail, which given the lack of tread and signage
> on so much of the CDT was about 5-10 times a day...after a minute or
> two, off it went and I was back in secure hiking mode. Hours of
> backtracking per day deferred,plenty; peace of mind, priceless.
> zen quake
> On 12/11/09, Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > So, in summation:
> > GPS is completely unnecessary - just use your maps, compass, and requisite
> > navigational skills. Leave that GPS at home or, better yet, donate to good
> > will!
> > GPS is very helpful for determining one's location, but GPS maps and tracks
> > are completely unnecessary - just plot the approximate waypoint onto the
> > map, or use J Ley's compass rose feature. Bring GPS, sure, but find a cool,
> > dry place for it in the pack, and keep it from the light of day as much as
> > possible.
> > GPS with included maps and tracks will save you hours each day. Turn it on,
> > leave it on! Burn your paper maps and pack extra batteries - technology is
> > the one true way!
> > But all hyperbole aside...
> > Clearly it's a personal decision. Everybody's comfy with that, right? :0)
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