[Cdt-l] GPS base maps

Dylan Carlson carlsods at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 13:05:16 CDT 2012

After numerous experiences following trails obscured by 6 feet of snow, I
have come to respect the mapping software in modern GPS.  On the CDT, I
just carried topo maps and compass, but I also had a late start and waited
longer for snow to melt.

My point is, there are times when you literally cannot see the trail - even
when you're right on top of it.  If you're going to carry a GPS, batteries,
and accessories, you might as well carry one with some basic mapping
software to show you where the trail is.

Dylan Carlson
CDT 2009
PNT 2006

> Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:24:34 -0600
> From: <bcss at bresnan.net>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] gps with maps question
> If you just intend to turn your gps on to use in  perplexing situations,
> then you can probably do fine without any base maps at all.  You will still
> be able to navigate to waypoints and stay on route.  I have not found
> having
> tiny maps on a tiny screen (be it a phone or gps) to be particularly
> useful.
> A paper map is much better, and you will definitely be carrying those.
> best wishes,
> Jerry Brown  (bearcreek)
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