[Cdt-l] GPS and Maps

Dylan Carlson carlsods at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 11:20:13 CST 2009

Yes, there are some who hike without a GPS.  I DID NOT CARRY A GPS - it
seemed too heavy, too expensive, and too fallible.

But when I was hiking on the CDT with people who did have a GPS, it was sure
handy to use it in a few situations.

Bottom line: The CDT will remain poorly marked for many more years.
 Everyone hiking the CDT needs to carry topo maps, a compass, and the
knowledge of how to use them.  GPS is an optional supplement for those who
are uncomfortable with their map reading skills, or the idea of losing the

Honestly, you will get lost either way.  And that's part of the experience.
 Good luck,

Dylan Carlson
Nobo CDT 2009


Message: 3
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 05:46:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Michael Donnay <mdonnay at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Cdt-l] GPS and Maps

I appreciate the rich discussion and helpful advice regarding GPS.? I have
never owned or navigated with one of these devices (let alone even tried one
in a store), but I'm sure they are amazing technological breakthroughs.

I hiked the AT and PCT with only map and compass.? I never believed in
resting my life on something that operates on batteries.? Many GPS users
agree, and so they also carry map and compass.? I'd rather save the weight
and just rely on the map and compass and knowledge and skill to use them
proficiently.? I'll be hiking the CDT next and am wondering if there are any
CDT hikers out there without GPS and who rely only on map and compass.

Tall Glass
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