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Old 06-15-2016, 08:35 AM   #21
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GPS is a great tool! I don't use one. When in the woods one wants to be focused on the woods, aware of one's surroundings, aware of your escape from the modern rat race. Methinks that the GPS hinders said awareness. But to each their own, if it gets you out there in the first place then it is a good start.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:24 AM   #22
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My GPS is used as a backup to the map and compass.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:28 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by wiiawiwb View Post
my gps is used as a backup to the map and compass.
Oh I'd rather go and journey where the diamond crest is flowing...
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:01 PM   #24
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My compass is a backup to navigation by terrain association techniques, I use the landscape (and the sun) among numerousother navigation clues to guide me through the woods. A pevious poster was corect, a GPs is for data collection, Mine is used mostly to verifySAR area coverage and for canoe race target speed monitoring
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:39 PM   #25
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Thanks guys. To be clear, my original post was not advocating use of GPS for primary navigation. I was recommending physically attaching your compass to oneself to avoid separation. Carrying a spare in your pack is also a great idea.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:12 PM   #26
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We all use our map and compass when we hike and backpack. In this busy world, I find myself using marked trails more often as I want to get to a desired location with the available time I have. Maybe the extra few hours will get me to "X" rather than to "Y".

I have to remind myself to spend more time going off trail and seeking new points of interest never seen before. The exercises alone will keep the map and compass and navigational skills honed. Sometimes, it's also fun to get off course, scratch you head and wonder how that happened, and find an alternate route to the desired location.

My GPS is always with me but I would consider it a defeat to have to put the map down and use the GPS for navigation purposes.

I've hiked with friends who live out west and, in the open spaces where they hike, landmarks are always easy to find on the map. In the dense forests of the Adirondacks, where I always seem to be under the canopy of trees, reading the subtlety of terrain features, as Wldrns said, becomes a more important skill.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:56 PM   #27
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Having done hiking in the Mojave, you get spoiled when you can see your destination 10 mi away - all you have to do is walk a straight line to get there. After years of hiking the NE, I look at the websites of people on the Colorado or Muir or PCT, and get very jealous.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:22 PM   #28
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