[pct-l] Using a GPS on a low snow year
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Wed Jan 11 14:48:41 CST 2012
I agree with Steel-Eye on this.
I will point out that since he wrote his journal entry, Garmin
introduced the Foretrex 401 model GPS which only weighs 2.3 ounces
(with lithium batteries, if you remove the wrist strap). It's pretty
much a smaller, lighter, updated Geko. You can do a lot with a
non-mapping GPS and UTM grids.
If you decide you want a mapping GPS the new Garmin Etrex 30 is very good.
On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM, CHUCK CHELIN <steeleye at wildblue.net> wrote:
> Good afternoon, Alex,
> Overall, the PCT is pretty easy to follow, even for a less-experienced
> hiker. Some hikers don’t really navigate at all; they just follow other
> hikers, or their tracks. A GPS is OK – and I use one a lot because I’m so
> enamored with the technology -- but unless it’s familiar, it won’t tell you
> anything useful, and it will just be additional weight.
> Some additional navigation thoughts are at:
> Enjoy your planning,
> -Hiking the Pct since before it was the PCT – 1965
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM, Alex Nunn <arbnunn at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I will be thru-hiking this year of which looks like it could be a low-snow
>> year. My question is: Does one need a GPS on a low-snow year or can one
>> hike safely without and just use half-mile's maps and a compass. Any input
>> would be greatly appreciated.
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