[Cdt-l] Southbound Gear

Scott Williams baidarker at gmail.com
Thu May 24 22:28:53 CDT 2012

Hey Fuzzy Monkey,
Nice to hear from you.  We're in Ghost Ranch heading north so we'll have to
have a reunion on trail at some point.  I'm with Wyoming from PCT 2010,
Eric sobo PCT 2010, Why Not, PCT 2009 and Blister, PCT 2011.  Great bunch
of folks.  We all have GPS, and all use them regularly.  Of course map and
compass will work, but this is not like the PCT and we refer to the GPS
several times daily, sometimes more than that.  It's damn confusing at
times, and totally wonderful!  It is on par with the PCT in all our
estimations so far, and we haven't even hit the snow and real mtns yet.
 Why Not and I are using the Lay maps and the Jerry Brown maps for the
official sections, and both have some different info regarding water and
other features which are very important in this dry land.  But the GPS
makes for many wrong turns avoided.  It just saves time and worry, but it's
worth its weight.

Looking forward to crossing paths.


On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM, Scott Piddington <sp2mtns at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Fuzzy,
> Nice list. The GPS is a matter of choice and it has been debated here from
> time to time. I had never carried a GPS til the CDT and I am glad I did.
> The first few days I tried not to use it. I suppose had I walked with map
> in hand all the time and looked at it every few minutes I might have been
> OK. Instead I would look at the map at a junction or when I got that
> feeling that I was no longer going the right direction or on the right
> route. There are many junctions with obscure roads and path that are not
> marked or with missing, knocked over, blown down markings. Eventually I
> came around to turning the GPS on after passing a questionable junction
> just to see if I was still heading in the right direction. If all looked
> good, I would turn it off. If not, along with ma & compass, I might use
> it to get back on course or forge ahead on an alternate, established or
> not. I think I spent far less time misplaced trying to figure where I was
> and where I needed to be. Can you get by with just maps? Sure. There is no
> doubt that I would have covered fewer miles each day due to time spent
> deciphering map & compass. I was solo nearly the whole time. The GPS helped
> with my peace of mind. What ever way you go, have a blast and remember to
> find something to shout about every day!
> Voyageur
>   ------------------------------
> *From:* "david at thefuzzymonkey.net" <david at thefuzzymonkey.net>
> *To:* cdt-l at backcountry.net
> *Sent:* Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:25 PM
> *Subject:* [Cdt-l] Southbound Gear
> Hello,
> OK, I've been quietly reading along and preparing for my hike this year.
> I'm wondering if anyone cares to comment on my gear selection for my
> southbound trek?  More specifically am I missing anything major? Should one
> really carry a gps? or are map and compass enough? Is there anything else I
> might have missed? http://thefuzzymonkey.net/?p=2233
> Thank you
> Fuzzy Monkey
> david at thefuzzymonkey.net
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