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[pct-l] re: GPSs
- Subject: [pct-l] re: GPSs
- From: Ken Marlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 08:12:00 -0500
- Organization: National Geographic
- Reply-to: <email@example.com>
Are they (GPSs) a good idea for the trail?
I haven't tried GPSs on the trail (I have used them vehicle roof mounted for
ground truthing, in a work-related situation however). Granted, they're a
lot of fun and I believe they could come-in handy in featureless terrain
with limited views (like here on the East Coast), but given the generally
wide-open views of the PCT, it's just as easy to triangulate your position
off of known features with a map and compass (that one should be carrying
with a GPS anyway). In trimming-down one's pack weight, that would be one of
the first items to go in my book.
In '82 I had a fair amount of snow-bound travel where the trail or blazes
weren't seen for days. Navigation with map and compass was VERY rewarding.
There was a day north of Lake Tahoe when I was under thick forest cover with
maybe 200 feet visibility max. The trail was buried and walking meant
winding around melt-outs around the trees. The guidebook showed the trail
beside a small pond about 3 miles away. Setting my compass to that bearing,
I arrived at that pond, arms in the air with joy. One of my most memorable
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