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[pct-l] GPS, Walkie-talkie
- Subject: [pct-l] GPS, Walkie-talkie
- From: reynolds@iLAN.com (Reynolds, WT)
- Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 12:50:13 -0800
The only advantage that I found with a GPS is knowing exactly where I am so
that I know how far my target stop is. PCT thruhikers are unlikely to
want/need this capability. CDT who knows. The Garmin eTREK weighs only 5
ounces and is easy to use and costs lesst than $150.
My solution to communicating with trailhead personnell is a satelitte phone
[13 ounces and $1195 used]. I tried the standard Motorola etc walkie talkies
but range was short and varied dramatically based on terrain.
From: Joanne Lennox [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 9:24 AM
To: Don Erickson; CDT; pct-mailing list
Subject: [pct-l] GPS, Walkie-talkie
I do not consider a GPS necessary for the PCT. I do not know about the
CDT. the guides are written in tens of a mile and some waypoints are very
easy to miss. The talk on the list about GPS units has gone right by me
because I do not know a thing about them; I have never used one and there
is nobody around to teach me. Nevertheless, I am thinking about launching
off into GPS space. So...
How helpful is a GPS for the CDT?
What kind of features are necessary and what just make it too complex or
burdensome for a neophyte to operate?
What is the weight and expense of these puppies?
Can somebody recommend a specific brand and an inexpensive place to buy it?
I plan to have a friend shadow me with my horse trailer and truck part of
the time on the CDT. I am less concerned with my navigational skills, than
I am with trying to coommunicate and find my driver, especially in a lot of
places that may not have cell phone use.
How much of New Mexico near the CDT has cell phone coverage (Verizon);
I am looking for a small walkie talkie that may be helpful. I thought you
search and rescue types might have some experience with this.
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