Re: Global Positioning Systems???
Ed/Evie/Cindy Gibson (egibson@MOOSE.NCIA.NET)
Sun, 14 Dec 1997 21:49:27 -0500
A word of warning about using GPS in the backcountry, this may
seem real stupid but there have been several times in the last year or so
that hikers have gotten lost while using GPS both with and without cell
phones. In every case I have heard about, they either did not have a map
and a compass, or did not know what to do with them. They know exactly
where they were (by the coordinates) but couldn't figure out which way
out was. They are not a foolproof substitute for basic map & compass
skills. Learn the basics first. Always carry and use a map. That way,
if the batteries die or it falls of a ledge you can still complete your trip.
The GPS can not be beat for locating a remote campsite,re-finding
that fantastic fishing hole or the lost minerial deposit (gold mine).
However, if you haven't been following your course on a map and you lose
the instrument, you are Lost!
The Gibson family (Ed, Evie, Cindy, Galileo, and Moondrop)
> A day without laughter is a day lost.
\____/ -German Proverb
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