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weedavie
2007-01-08 17:35:23
Foot and Mounth
I spent Saturday on the plateau of Caenlochan in mist and snow. Two of us were using compasses and counting steps and one was moithering about with a GPS. Like many of the breed he hadn't asked us where we were going so he always knew where he was to 10 metres but had no other ideas. On one 1500 metre leg our measures of distance corresponded with each other to 9 paces. (This also appeared to be accurate on the ground. We could have checked with the GPSer but he was babbling about how the crisis at Hearts had been obscured by the events at Ibrox so we weren't talking to him.)

Total cost of technology was about 14. The map's face price was 1.15 which argues it's at least 20 years old but showing no signs of obsolescence. The only upgrading is the bootlace that Gill has used to attach the compass to my anorak pocket after I'd thrown away three in one season. The technology translates flawlessly to Ireland as long as you remember whether you're using the Harvey's map of Connemara with its eccentric contour spacing.

It shouldn't need to be said again but GPS sets,like poles and Pot Noodles, are the devil's work and should be avoided by all right-thinking,upstanding citizens.
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