Best GPS for Mountaineering?

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by lysenkod » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:41 pm

Similarly, people should learn the basics of map and compass before even thinking about using a GPS.

Map/compass is a useful skill but you could be as safe with GPS despite it is a costly solution :) just carry two of them in two different places with separate storage for their batteries. The same redundancy principle that makes the planes extremely safe. GPS that gives now 5-10 m accuracy could be invaluable device. You still could be on the move in nearly complete white-out while with map and compass you are forced to bivy. I had couple of descends with GPS that won't be possible with map/compass in the conditions (backtrack is the most valuable function of the GPS device).

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Re: Best GPS for Mountaineering?

by Tonka » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:48 am

I would think that after this amount of time Godwin's Law (Yea, nice use Tonka) should have taken place...I bet you were looking for Hitler.

With todays technology, pre-trip mapping and trail systems, it's hard to really need to use map/compass skills. I truly wish mine were better.

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Re: Best GPS for Mountaineering?

by peninsula » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:43 am

islesrule7 wrote:Any suggestions on a good handheld GPS for use Mountaineering? Obviously looking for something lightweight and reliable....

Thanks all!

Earthmate PN-60. Better mapping software, better reception in canyons and pairs with InReach. My third GPS, first two were Garmin models, the Geko 101 and then 60CXs. I put off the switchover to avoid necessitating installing Parallels on my Mac to run Delorme's software—it was worth the effort.


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