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weedavie
2007-01-09 17:51:02
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Padodes, you're wrong. It's not really a question of technological progress; a GPS is not the next generation of the compass any more than a jet-ski is the next generation of the wind-surfer. It's more the gold medallion wearing schemie version. GPS navigation is an oxymoron; it's a kind of karaoke where you just follow the bouncing ball. Map and compass navigation is far more tightly tied to knowledge and feel for the ground. I've thrown my compass away on a two mile square plateau in foul weather and got myself off (a mile off course and very scared but at least not another Cairngorm statistic.) A GPSer who does not have the habits of checking position all the way and of constantly measuring progress could have been in a lot more trouble.

Of course compass-users cock up too. I've always been annoyed by this line in Sean O' Sullivan's Walking Guide to the South West . "Incidentally, somewhere on the ridge between Hungry Hill and the Healy Pass is a lake, possibly seasonal and not shown on some maps. I have met it while travelling in thick fog (a course not recommended if unused to map and compass) am uncertain now where it is and have been told by others that they couldn't find it in Summer. I mention it in case you get alarmed on finding it and might doubt you were on the correct course". If he'd had a GPS he'd have realised that he was in fact in Killarney. But where's the fun in that compared with a creative fib?
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