Day Hiker wrote:If you're taking the Normal Route, I have every waypoint and track you will possibly need. If you are going another way, only my waypoints and track near the top will coincide with your route, but it's something. Which route are you taking?
waXology wrote:ok n00b question here. but do you guys take the waypoints for research before, to familiarize yourselves with the route? Or do you take a GPS with you in case of poor visibility etc..?
Day Hiker wrote:waXology wrote:ok n00b question here. but do you guys take the waypoints for research before, to familiarize yourselves with the route? Or do you take a GPS with you in case of poor visibility etc..?
Aconcagua's Normal Route is well-traveled, and following it isn't too much of an issue. Although, there have been cases of people going the wrong way up high, where the route is not so clear.
I gathered as much information as I could before the trip, with maps, photos, descriptions, and GPS coordinates, because I had never been there before, and I wanted to visualize the route and know where I was going, not just blindly follow the other people on the route.
On the slog up to base camp, it was nice to have a point marked, so I could count down the distance. It's not at all essential; it's just enjoyable for me.
On the trip, I used the GPS to keep an electronic record of the entire hike. This electronic record keeping is something that interests me. Other people might write in a journal. Still others might not care to do either.
In poor visiblilty, I would use any tool at my disposal, including GPS, but I don't believe in relying on a GPS as my ONLY way back to safety. The thing could stop working for a number of reasons. So I always want to make sure I don't ever wind up in a situation where I'm screwed if that happens.
waXology wrote:ahh thanks. I spose when I attempt it I will be doing the same taking GPS and all. Thanks for clearing it up.
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