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by mrchad9 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:58 am

Bombchaser wrote:
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tazz wrote:IMO GPS is backup only.

Yes. It's a backup and a toy. No substitute for knowing how to use a map.


It's a toy if you are not proficient with it. This is 2010, people use GPS's. I use one in my line of work daily.

Yes- I use them too, in whiteout conditions and when in woods in the winter. But I'm careful to look at my surroundings too and not depend on it. A GPS makes navigation much quicker and easier in certain situations, but it would be foolish to depend too much on one.

In 2006 I was on Ben Nevis in a complete whiteout. We couldn't even see the ground vs the sky. We had no GPS, but made it down safely with a map and compass, even with no visibility. There's no chance we'd have made it if I'd always depended on GPS prior to that trip.

I had forgotten my compass in my hotel room, but luckily purchased one at the visitor center. I thought it a bit expensive at the time, turned out to be the best 10 pounds I've EVER spent.

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by The Chief » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:32 am

"Where the Fuk you headed.... Don't know, the batteries in my GPS died... Pull out your Altimeter & the Map and Compass.... My what?.......Oh we are soooooooo fkd!"
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by aedwards » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:25 am

twoshuzz wrote:Image


+1 for map & compass.

That picture could get a lot of mileage on this site. :D

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by dskoon » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:30 am

aedwards wrote:
twoshuzz wrote:Image


+1 for map & compass.

That picture could get a lot of mileage on this site. :D


It already has! Still good, though.

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by MoapaPk » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:53 am

If you are not able to realize that carrying spare batteries is an obvious solution, then you shouldn't be using a GPS.

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by The Chief » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:58 am

MoapaPk wrote:If you are not able to realize that carrying spare batteries is an obvious solution, then you shouldn't be using a GPS.


OK....




"Where the Fuk you headed.... Don't know, the batteries in my GPS died... Pull out the spare batteries.... My what?.......Oh we are soooooooo fkd!"
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by Marmaduke » Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:55 am

The Chief would make for a very interesting one on one interview.

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